Texas Hot Wiener Sauce


While living in the Mid-Hudson Valley of NY I fell in love with this style of hot dog, particularly the sauce. My wife was born there and she loved them as well. When we moved to Texas it was a surprise to find, 'There is no such thing as hot wiener sauce in Texas.' I did a lot of research and found the recipe is a closely guarded secret that I had to crack. After years of experimenting I finally created the same experience we only had back in NY. Serve on your favorite hot dog with brown mustard, diced onion, in a steamed hot dog bun. This sauce will be thin, it is supposed to be, it is not a 'chili dog' recipe. The sauce will thicken as it cools. It freezes well.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
30 servings


  • 6 cups water

  • ½ pound all-beef hot dogs, ground

  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 2 grinds freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • ½ cup cornstarch

  • ¼ cup cold water, or as needed


  1. Stir water, ground hot dogs, vinegar, paprika, chili powder, sea salt, red pepper flakes, onion powder, oregano, cinnamon, white pepper, thyme, and black pepper together in a large stockpot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 45 minutes.

  2. Stir cornstarch with just enough cold water to dissolve completely; stream into the hot dog mixture while stirring. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes more. Adjust salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

36 Calories
2g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 149mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 27mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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