West Virginia Hot Dog Sauce

Fran Miller Recipe

By Fran Miller TchrLdy71

20 (hot dogs)
10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top

In West Virginia, we don't put "chili" on our hot dogs, we put "sauce"on them. This is a pretty basic recipe that can be doctored to your personal taste. =^..^=

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1 lb
ground beef
1 medium
onion, chopped
29 oz
tomato sauce
2 Tbsp
chili powder, to start

Directions Step-By-Step

Brown ground beef & onion together, chopping meat into small pieces. Drain & return to skillet.
Add tomato sauce & chili powder. Simmer over med-low heat, stirring often, until sauce is desired consistency. Taste & add more chili powder, if needed. Stir well.
Variations: For the meat, use ground venison, veggie burger, ground turkey, etc... Chopped green pepper can be added with the onion. Some folks like a splash of tabasco or hot sauce.
Serve sauce over hot dog in a bun. In West Virginia, traditionally, hot dogs come with sauce, mustard, and (chopped raw) onions OR sauce & slaw. But make yourself happy with your own combinations!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southern
Collection: Fab Fair Food!
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Jul 11, 2011 - Sherri Williams shared this recipe with discussion group: Sandwiches, Sammiches & Sammies
Sherri Williams logansw
Jul 11, 2011
great recipe! thanks for sharing...sw:)
Teresa Carter cinnamongirlKY
Jul 11, 2011
Looks YUMMY! :-)
Jul 22, 2011 - Gail Welch shared this recipe with discussion groups: Genealogy of Recipes USA State Recipes
Rene Burton Rentintin
Sep 3, 2011
Yum this is what I grew up eating My mom was famous for her hot dog sauce and any big event she would make several gallons, always gone at the end of the day. She always used a good brand of Ketshup instead of the tomatoe sauce and lots and lots of onions. That's the way I love hot dogs.Yes I am from Charleston, WVa.
billey porter bakers13
Sep 26, 2011
Hey I'm from Ashland,Ky. I've been looking for a good hotdog sauce to make home made. I'll give this one a try. I'll let ya know what I think.
Dec 8, 2011 - Tara Pacheco shared this recipe with discussion group: Local Favorites
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Dec 11, 2011
Thanks, Tara! =^..^=
Brenda Downey BJD
Sep 17, 2012
I have a weakness for hotdogs and cole slaw on them...as mentioned in your recipe directions, I use the sauce with cole slaw..I am also from WVa! Thank you for sharing...sometimes we love only having hot dogs for dinner, and baked beans as the side!
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Sep 23, 2012
Hey, Brenda, you're talking my language (and my menu)! What else do you need, unless it's Mr. Bee Potato Chips, if you're on the western side of West Virginia. Thanks for sharing the recipe & posting! =^..^=