"Really Close" Steak-n-Shake Chili Mac (copy) Recipe

I am super excited to report that I finally got a "really close" from my resident Chili Mac lover regarding his beloved Steak-N-Shake Chili Mac. We've been on a quest ever since we moved to CA to make a reasonable reproduction of the seemingly simple dish. Why so difficult? It takes more than a trip to your pantry or local CA grocery store, as my mom had to ship Chili Man Hot Dog Sauce all the way to us from StL (Thanks, mom!). So here's the recipe already!

 (I will take my own photo the next time I make it, I forgot and we ate all of the evidence)

Really Close Steak-n-Shake Chili Mac Recipe
Ingredients (exact, don't substitute!)
  • 1 can of Chili Man Hot Dog Sauce (buy on the internet or your grocery store if you live somewhere that appreciates greasy meat in a can!)
  • 1/2 lb. of regular old spaghetti (or you can use the added fiber kind, but not whole wheat)
  • 1 cup of Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • Parmesan cheese (grated)
  1. Start the spaghetti water.
  2. Open the can of hot dog sauce, remove and discard the 2 inches of grease at the top or bottom. Place the meat in a small skillet and heat over low. This is just to warm it and reduce it a little bit. 
  3. Mix the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a microwave safe measuring cup and nuke for 1 minute or so. If it doesn't seem hot, nuke some more.
  4. When the water is boiling drop your spaghetti and follow the package directions for cooking time.
  5. After the spaghetti is done, plate as follows: spaghetti, chili meat, Ketchup sauce, Parmesan cheese. 
  6. Enjoy!
Adapted from this recipe.