​Michigan Sauce Recipe for Chili Dog Day: Not Chili Really & Not Just for Hot Dogs by Craig Couture

Sauces/Condiments Beef
a year ago

​Michigan Sauce Recipe for Chili Dog Day: Not Chili Really & Not Just for Hot Dogs

Although there’s some debate about the origins of Michigan sauce, you can find the popular sauce primarily in the “North Country,” the northern region of New York. I came across it in Plattsburgh. 

The sauce is close to a chili but a bit different, with flavors unique to northern New York and often used as a hot dog sauce. This is my own take, great not only for hot dogs, but to top burgers and as a dip when covered with cheese and melted like a taco dip.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: approximately 2 hours


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the meat and beer or water in a COLD pan and use a potato masher to smash the meat into fine particles.
  2. Turn the stovetop to medium. Add diced onion and garlic. Heat the mixture for 5 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture is slightly cooked, add the remaining ingredients and stir together well. Simmer on low for a couple of hours. 

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Elisa Schmitz
So savory and crave-able. What a great game-day recipe! #yum
I love a good chili dog...
My mouth is watering 😋
Ann Marie Patitucci
This looks great, Craig Couture . I know Gregg Halstead will love it, esp. since we spent 11 years in the "No Co!"

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