Texas Hot Sauce Inspired by Matlock

Put the “Hot” in the Hot Dog!

A certain Atlanta attorney would get out his guitar and sing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” after chowing down on this hot dog topper! Yes, we believe this would get the Matlock seal of approval. Case closed!

Texas Hot Sauce

Recipe by: Kate Wood of Wood & Spoon

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 30

Total Time: 45 minutes


1/2 lb ground hamburger

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 can tomato soup

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp ground mustard

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1-1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp red pepper

2 bay leaves

5 shots of Tabasco sauce

Salt to taste


  1. Brown hamburger and onion in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and allow to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, or until thickened slightly.
  3. Serve immediately or freeze for up to 6 months.


  • Add additional Tabasco for extra heat, if desired.
  • Ground turkey can be substituted.


About Kate

As a clinical dietician, Kate Wood knows food. In fact, she has a passion for food. As a self-taught baker, she loves experimenting with new recipes and flavors. She gets her inspiration from leafing through cookbooks, traveling and a desire for creating delicious delights from scratch with her own two hands. She believes in thank you notes, laughing at yourself, and the magic that happens when friends share good food and recipes.

She lives in LA (That’s Lower Alabama!) with her husband and two young children.

You can read more about Kate, explore other recipes, and sign up for her blog at The Wood and Spoon, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.


*This recipe is not an actual representation of food from Matlock. It is an interpretation, an inspiration, based on the blogger’s knowledge of and connection to the Matlock TV series.