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Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce Recipe
Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Sauce
Calories: 290
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.1 (18 reviews)
The real version of this chili sauce comes to each Wienerschnitzel unit in big 'ol 6-pound, 12-ounce cans of concentrated brown goo with bits of ground pork already in it. But after adding 64 ounces of water and 15 chopped hamburger patties to the sauce the magic begins to happen: The stuff transforms into the familiar thick and spicy chili sauce that gets dolloped over hot dogs and french fries for the drooling customers at America's largest hot dog chain. The proper proportion of spices, tomato paste, and meat is crucial, but the real challenge in cloning this recipe is figuring out a common grocery store equivalent for the "modified food starch" that's used in the real chili sauce as a thickener. After a couple days sealed up in the underground lab with Starbucks lattes on intravenous drip, I finally came out squinting at the bright sunshine - victorious - with a killer solution to the chili conundrum. This secret combination of cornstarch and Wondra flour and plenty of salt and chili powder gives you a chili sauce that says nothing but "Wienerschnitzel" all over it even without the MSG. So get out the hot dogs, baby! The top requested secret clone recipe from this 40-year old chain has finally been cracked.

3/4 pound ground beef
1/4 pound ground pork
Submitted on: 12/13/13
Everyone loves this when I make it! People are always asking me for the recipe! I just tell them it's an old family recipe and I can't give it out! If they only knew! Thanks Todd!
Submitted on: 11/03/13
You may use Xanthan gum as thickener, used in many prepared foods
Submitted on: 04/13/12
Never had Wienerschnitzel chili so I cannot compare to the original. I will say that this is good straight from the pan.Two thumbs up!
Not the same
Submitted on: 10/30/11
I've worked at cloning recipes for years and this one is not even close...
A Doll  
Submitted on: 04/11/10
We absolutely LOVE this recipe and use it often. The only change we make is to use 1/3 the amount of vinegar. Otherwise, it isn't too runny or too starchy, as long as you let it simmer just like you are supposed to. It is perfect! We love it on fries, tater tots, hot dogs, or just plain with cheese and crackers. We have many requests for it. Thanks!
Submitted on: 12/25/08
I used to work at WIENERSCHNITZEL in el paso, tx as a shift manager. This recipe is correct and to make it more detailed the chilli can brand is GALARDI (orange can). After adding water put 4 of your fridge icecubes and mix them. After that put the cilindered pans in a water steamer stove until the chilli reaches 165 degrees. thats it. Enjoy your cloned chilli.
Submitted on: 10/08/07
It is a good clone, not 100% like Winerschnitzel but it's reall close and tastes great. I will definitely make it again!
Submitted on: 10/19/06
This is pretty good. I used 1/8 cup chili powder instead of 1/4 cup and used regular flour instead of Wondra flour. The consistency was perfect but the taste was missing something. Next time I will try it with cumin. The kids loved it over fries and topped with cheese. I will definately try this recipe again.
Submitted on: 02/17/06
I thought this one was excellent. Tastes real darn close to the real thing. The big question I have is...what kind of hot dogs to use. Found some buns that soften up nicely if you wrap them in waxed paper like at the restaurant...but have yet to find the correct tasting hot dog. That really makes a difference in overall taste.
Submitted on: 02/15/06
Doesn't taste much like the real thing to us, but it's much better than canned chili on your hot dog.
Submitted on: 11/01/05
Try the Tommy's Chili Recipe instead...this one was awful.
Bill in WV  
Submitted on: 09/18/05
My wife would not touch it. I found it to be too runny, too much liquid.
Submitted on: 09/13/05
Not bad, but not quite the taste I remember so fondly. This was a bit too tomato-y for me. I also added cumin and garlic salt to the final product which helped.
Submitted on: 09/06/05
Ehcck.....too much starch and flour! Not bad though with a third the water, starch and flour.
Montana Shelley  
Submitted on: 09/04/05
This is Great... Try it with Bar-b-Que Steaks...
Submitted on: 08/30/05
Having been a frequent visitor to the Der Wienerschnitzel stands in the past, this is great and brings good memories to mind.
Submitted on: 08/30/05
I have looked everywhere for this chili sauce (and also CHILI RELISH) and finally found it; tried it and will be having it for my LaborDay outdoor wiener feast. When I lived in ARK for several years I developed a taste for it.
Submitted on: 08/29/05
I love this recipe. I'm from the midwest and really miss the chili cheese dogs at Weinerschnitzel. I was so excited that you cloned this in your cookbook I had to make it ASAP. It tastes just like it. Thank you so much for this clone. This is also good on hamburgers. Thanks again. Life in New Jersey got a whole lot better with this clone.