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 

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