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Hot Dog Sauce Recipe

I was having company one day and looking for just the right sauce for hot dogs. I called Grandma, who shared this wonderful recipe.—Melissa Norris, Churubusco, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot dogs, heated
  • Hot dog buns, split


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Carefully crumble beef into water. Add onion. Boil until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through. Serve over hot dogs in buns. Yield: 4 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 106 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2017

"I just finished this recipe for my husband who likes chili sauce on hot dogs. As a rule, I do not. However, this stuff is delicious! I will confess that I added a bit more chili powder, some cumin, and a pinch of baking soda to counter the acid of the tomatoes. My hot dog was the best ever. The idea of boiling the meat is wonderful. I think I will try that technique when I make spaghetti sauce next time."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2017

"This reminds me of the sauce from a restaurant where I grow up. It's the closest replica that I've ever found. I'm making it again right now. Love it love it love it love it love it love it love it love it"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"Very easy and delicious. My daughter,who was helping me cook, accidentally added Mesquite flavored beans to it and it came out great."

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"easy and very delicious!"

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"This tasted great, I added some green pepper because I had some fresh from my garden. I placed a heaping amount of brown sugar and added 30 ounces of sauce, that was two whole cans of Red Gold tomato sauce. I let mine simmer longer so it would be hot for our cookout. Big hit!"

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