No-Bean Meat Sauce
Published: June 1, 2012
|In "Hot Dog Road Trip" (June 2012), we shared tips for grilling hot dogs as well as regional variations in meat and toppings for this American classic picnic food.|
Variations like Detroit's Coney Dog and Rhode Island's "New York System" Weiner employ some sort of meat chili or sauce as a topping. Apparently a hot dog bun is no place for beans, so many chilis are a simple meat sauce, strongly seasoned. Cooking all the ingredients together without browning the meat first results in the fine-grained texture of the classic meat sauce. Makes about 3 cups.
1 pound hamburger (no leaner than 80% lean)
1 cup water
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
½ cup ketchup
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
Put all ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil, crushing the hamburger with a wooden spoon to break it up. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until fine-textured and thick. Taste, and add salt if needed.
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