West Virginia Hot Dog Sauce

Fran Miller Recipe

By Fran Miller TchrLdy71

20 (hot dogs)
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
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. =^..^=


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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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! =^..^=
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
Dec 11, 2011
Thanks, Tara! =^..^=
Dec 8, 2011 - Tara Pacheco shared this recipe with discussion group: Local Favorites