Michigan Hot Dog


This regional specialty has a unique sauce which is typically slightly chunkier and thicker than most hot dog sauces. You'll often find this served on top-split buns, but regular hot dog buns will work. There are many versions of this sauce, but this is the way we like ours.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
10 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • cup finely chopped onion, divided

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Frank's® RedHot®)

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed

  • 10 hot dog buns

  • 10 all beef hot dogs

  • 5 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard


  1. Brown ground beef and 1/3 cup onion in a large skillet over medium heat, until the meat is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain, and return the skillet to the stove.

  2. Stir tomato sauce and ketchup into the ground beef mixture. Add chili powder, vinegar, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt, and pepper; stir until well combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until sauce has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. If sauce gets too thick, add water to thin it out.

  3. Meanwhile steam or simmer hot dogs in hot water until hot.

  4. Assemble hot dogs: Place a hot dog in a bun and spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining onions and drizzle with yellow mustard.

Cook's Note:

If there's any leftover meat sauce, it may be frozen in an airtight container or a resealable bag--it freezes well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
26g Fat
31g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 1242mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 429mg 9%

* 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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