Heavenly Hot Dog Sauce


This is my family's favorite hotdog sauce. It originates from West Virginia. We like it with a bite, but you can adjust it to your taste. We top the hotdogs with ketchup, mustard, the hotdog sauce, and finally some chopped onions...YUM! This recipe makes enough for freezing and using later.

close up view of hot dogs with chili, peppers and onions on white plates
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
12 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup tomato sauce

  • cup ketchup

  • ½ tablespoon salt

  • ½ tablespoon pepper

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste


  1. Crumble ground beef into a Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in water, and mash ground beef thoroughly with a potato masher. Stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, salt, pepper, sugar, and chili powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, 60 to 90 minutes, until the sauce reaches a medium consistency that is not too soupy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
20g Fat
4g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 491mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 337mg 7%

* 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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