Pressure Cooker Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce

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Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce will bring back fond memories of an American theme park stand. Created to satisfy a long lasting craving, its slow cooked flavor is ready in a matter of minutes, thanks to this easy Instant Pot old fashioned chili dog sauce recipe. Using an electric pressure cooker rather than conventional methods makes this recipe simple and delicious. It’ll be an all time favorite for you and your crew.

3 hot dogs in buns topped with old fashioned chili dog sauce (made in an electric pressure cooker), yellow mustard, and diced onions

Hello everyone! I’m Connie Murray, the Happy Belly Foodie from Kentucky. Creating scrumptious dishes from scratch is my passion and using my electric pressure cooker is one of the best ways to do just that.

I’m so grateful to be a new contributor here at Pressure Cooking Today. Thanks Barbara! I’m glad you stopped by and I’m SO thrilled to share my latest creation with you. Have a look at how I brought back an old blast from the past.

Making Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this delicious Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce!

The pinto beans are key in the texture of this sauce. I simply pressure cooked them first. Two cups of dry pinto beans with six cups of water at high pressure for 40 minutes made them perfectly tender without blowing them apart. (If you only want to make enough for this recipe, cook 2/3 cup dried beans.)

You can use canned pinto beans, if you’re so inclined and they will work just as well. Be sure to drain and rinse them before adding to your mixture, prior to pressure cooking.

Another important step in getting the right thickness and consistency in this sauce is mashing the pinto beans and ground beef in the beef stock before pressure cooking. A good quality potato masher works wonders here. The starchy contents of the pinto beans acts as the perfect natural thickener and I adore the way fine hints of ground beef harmonize everything.

hot dogs covered in  Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce served in buns

I think you’ll be quite impressed at how the seasonings I’ve incorporated into this chili sauce will give you the old fashioned taste you’ve been craving. At a mere 5 minutes pressure cooking with very quick prep, you’ll likely take longer to fight open a can of bland ol’ store bought chili sauce than you will to make this much healthier version. It makes a terrific topper for your favorite organic hot dogs, nachos and thick juicy burgers.

Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce Recipe:

3 hotdogs in buns with Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce
Yield: 3 Cups

Pressure Cooker Old Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce

Bring back that good old fashioned flavor of a tasty chili dog with this simple yet delicious recipe. Double or triple the batch for a great, ready to use freezer keeper!


  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 8 oz ground beef
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tsp hot sauce (optional)


Combine the beans, beef stock and ground beef in the pot of the pressure cooker.

Use a potato masher to mash the beans and ground beef to a very fine consistency.

Add the tomato paste, mustard, onion, chili powder, cumin, garlic, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.

Place the lid on the pressure cooker and turn to locked position.

Turn the steam release valve to sealing.

Press the manual button and adjust the time for 5 minutes.

When the unit has finished cooking and the timer has counted to zero, carefully release the steam and remove the lid.

Stir well, taste for seasoning adjustment and add kosher salt as needed.

Stir in hot sauce if desired.


Canned beans may be used for this recipe. For dry beans: Pressure cook two cups of pinto beans in six cups of water at high pressure for 40 minutes. Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release. Rinse and strain the beans (canned or pressure cooked) before using in this recipe.

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photo collage of 3 hot dogs topped with old fashioned chili dog sauce, made in an Instant Pot


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