One hot dog chili sauce recipe that does not use onions uses onion powder instead, which removes the texture and obvious flavor of real onions without changing the overall flavor. It uses 1 pound of ground beef, 1 cup of beef broth, tomato sauce, ketchup and spices.
Brown the meat and then drain off any excess grease. Add in part of the broth and spices to taste. Garlic powder, salt, pepper, brown sugar and chili powder are essential spices for a full flavor. Onion powder can be added but can also be avoided without a significant change in flavor. When everything is well mixed, mix in 1/2 cup of ketchup and enough broth or water to ensure there is enough liquid to simmer. Bring the mixture to a simmer for roughly 15 minutes, tasting and adjusting spices as needed throughout.
Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard and oregano are tasty alternative options for spices to create the desired flavor. Many chili recipes can have the onion omitted without drastically changing the flavor of the recipe, especially when other spices are used to make up the difference. Other ground meats, such as pork or turkey, can be used instead of beef for different flavors and a lower amount of fat.