Texas Hots

These are a local favorite in Western New York and I have loved them ever since I lived in that area in my early 20's.  My kids get so excited when I make these because they love them as much as I do.
 Start by cooking 2 pounds of ground beef in 6 cups of water with  a few bay leaves.  Cook until it turns brown breaking it up as you go.

This is an extremely flavorful sauce and it uses a lot of spices and herbs.  2 heaping tablespoons of chili powder, 2 tablespoons of paprika, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp. salt, 3 tsp. onion powder, 3 tsp. granulated garlic, 2 tablespoons cumin, 3 tsp. turmeric, 1 tablespoon dry mustard, 2 tablespoons oregano, 1. tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp. dried thyme, 4 beef bouillon cubes, 1 tablespoon dried onions, 2 tablespoons of sugar.   Add this to the water and ground beef.
 Now you want to reduce the liquid, so cook it over medium heat for about 2 hours.

 Starting to look good.  It smells even better! You have to keep tasting it until you get it right. Add additional ingredients until you get the desired flavor.  I added more salt and chili powder and cumin to mine.

 Once it has reduced and there is just a bit of liquid left, add 1/2 cup of cornstarch mixed with a bit of water.

 Cook until it thickens.

 Steam a hot dog bun until it is very soft.  Squirt on some yellow mustard.

 Brown some good quality beef hot dogs.

 Place the hot dog over the mustard.

 Add as much of the sauce as you can fit on the bun.

 Add a ton of diced onion.

Texas hots heaven. 


I'll take mine without the onions. And double the onions for my spouse. YUM! YUM!
Anonymous said…
I've never had anything like this but it sure looks like something I would like!

Have a great day!

1st Man said…
Did you slice up those hot dogs to get them to look like that? Looks like a great way to have lots of nooks and crannies for caramelization goodness!!!

That looks delicious, I'm fascinated by how that cooks in the water for so long. I think we're going to try this sometime soon (and we live in Texas, LOL!). Thanks!!
jaz@octoberfarm said…
i should have mentioned, texas hots are always sliced before cooking. the shops actually put them through a tenderizing machine which punctures them all over so they hold the sauce.i have a gadget called slot dog which punctures them before cooking. i don't know why they call them texas hots because they have nothing to do with texas!
Homemade New York style chili dogs. Try it German style with bratwurst. They serve chili dogs at the Wurstfest in New Braunfels like that. SOOOOOOO Good!
Anonymous said…
My husband is a fan of chili dogs, something I don't make so he occasionally orders one at a diner when we travel.
Guillaume said…
This is SO my kind of food. Like a lot.
OMG!! THIS one is going in my collection of "Joyce" recipes....I cannot wait to try this one. I only have to get a couple of spices I don't have..I cannot wait to try this. Thanks so much, Joyce! My kids are going to love these..
p.s. My babes could use some cheering up..