1 pound ground beef, 85%* 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/6 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/4 cup tomato paste 2 cups water 12 to 16 standard hot dog buns, steamed** For the Topping: finely chopped onions, about 1 to 2 tablespoons for each hot dog prepared yellow mustard salt to taste Optional: shredded sharp or mild Cheddar cheese
How to make it
In a medium saucepan or deep saute pan, brown the ground beef; drain well. To the ground beef add the finely chopped onion, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, allspice, ground mustard, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder, black pepper, tomato paste, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
Grill, steam, or boil the hot dogs and steam or heat the buns.
To assemble: Put a cooked hot dog in the steamed or toasted hot dog bun.
Top with about 2 tablespoons of sauce to cover the hot dog. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped onion over the ground beef mixture then squirt a line of mustard the length of the hot dog.
If desired, top the hot dogs with shredded Cheddar cheese, mild or sharp.
*For a finer texture, pulse the ground beef in the food processor or use a potato masher to mash the beef as you cook it.