February 2, 2013

10-minute Chili Sauce for the Ultimate Super Bowl Chili Dogs, Frito Pies, and Chili-Cheese Fries!

It's been a busy week.
No time to prep or plan,
but we're having friends over to watch 
the Super Bowl tomorrow.
What's a gal to do?

Thank goodness I have a have an easy-peasy, no-fail, crowd-pleasing recipe that is sure to score a touchdown:  10-minute Chili Sauce. (We call it a "sauce", but it's actually a very smooth chili)

The beauty of 10-minute Chili Sauce is that it tastes like it's been simmering all day.  Whip up a batch and provide some sides.  Your guests do the rest.

  • You provide the hot dogs -- Your guests build their own chili dogs.

  • You provide the fries or tater tots and cheese -- Your guests build their own chili cheese fries.

  • You provide the snack bags of Fritos and cheese -- Your guests make their own Frito Pies (a.k.a. Chili Willies)   

 10-Minute Chili Sauce

2 slices bacon, chopped, or 2 Tablespoons oil
½ medium onion chopped
1 pound 96% lean ground beef (you can also use ground chicken or turkey) 
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon Chili powder (mild)
4 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 Tablespoon vinegar based hot sauce (Frank’s)
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons masa harina

Step 1: In a large saucepan, brown bacon (*2 minutes). Add onion and cook over medium heat until onion is transluscent (2 minutes).

Step 2: Add ground beef, salt, cumin, and chili powder and cook till beef is no longer pink (2 minutes).  Use a spatula or spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces as it cooks.

Step 3:  Add tomato paste, hot sauce, and water and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.  

Step 4:  Stir in the masa harina and cook for a remaining minute, until the sauce thickens slightly (1 minute).

Step 5:  Use a stick blender to pulse the chili mixture to desired consistency (1 minute).  You can also do this in the bowl of a food processor.  The idea is to give the chili a smoother consistency without going so far as to make it a paste. 

Chili sauce is ready to enjoy!

*Times are approximate 


  1. you and my husband must be on the same page. He just made chili and bought fritos, he calls his frito pie, and tosses lettuce and chees on top. I've never figured out why the pie, I think he reinvented something his mom used to make.

    1. Hi Sonia, I've never quite understood why they're called Frito Pies either, but hey... I guess it doesn't really matter what they're called as long as they're delicious!


  2. Frito pie is my son's favorite food group . . . no kidding. I will be trying this recipe. I love fast and simple!

  3. love this.chili dogs and fries are a favorite in this house, and i never can seem to get the chili just perfect. definitely going to try your version out...who doesn't have 10 minutes to spare?!


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