Sweet Hoosier Dog Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


5 cups

Updated: May. 24, 2023
In our area of Indiana, we love sweet coney sauce on our hot dogs! Our town still has an old drive-in that is famous for its sauce. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana
Sweet Hoosier Dog Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Hot dogs and buns
  • Optional: Diced onion, sliced pickles and shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles, 8-10 minutes; drain. Stir in tomato paste; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in next 13 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce over hot dogs in buns. Add optional toppings as desired.

Can you freeze Sweet Hoosier Dog Sauce?

Freeze cooled sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 111 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.