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Pennsylvania Greek Sauce Recipe
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Pennsylvania Greek Sauce

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"This is my sister Dawn's recipe for good, old-fashioned, northwest-Pennsylvanian Greek sauce for topping your burgers and dogs."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr


  1. Place the beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until beef is completely brown; drain. Stir the onions, tomato sauce, water, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, and yellow mustard into the beef. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium-low and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 17, 2009

I lost my recipe from the Erie newspaper for greek sauce and came back to my trusted All Recipes. This is great. I used more tomato sauce b/c I only had a larger can, maybe around 12 oz. instead of 8 oz., added a bit more mustard, red pepper, and a squirt of ketchup. I simmered much longer so the additional liquid was used up and broke up the meat very fine using the "P Chef" "Mix & Chop" (my fav tool for ground beef). Served with Smith's hot dogs and used as a topping for baked steak fries. Delicious! Wish my waistline would allow me to eat like this everyday!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 02, 2009

Did not like at all. Will not make again.


28 Ratings

Aug 16, 2010

Thanks for the recipe, and the memories. I grew up in Erie, and Greek Dogs and Burgers were a late-night staple, most often from Panos Restaurant. I was recently trying to explain what Greek Dogs were to my daughter, now she knows. We did not get up to Erie this summer, so I'm going to have to have some Smith's hot dogs shipped down to Florida. Thanks to you and your sister, Miz.

Oct 05, 2011

Loved this sauce.. reminds me of home Erie/Corry PA! The only thing I made sure to do (that wasn't mentioned in the recipe) was to mash the browned beef with a potato masher. All of the Greek sauces that I have eaten have an almost smooth consistency. PS~WhitMcMo, we didn't name the recipe or the sauce ~it's called Greek Sauce all over Northwestern PA and here in Western NY too ~ "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Jul 22, 2009

At first I didn't think that this was going to taste right. After I fixed a dog though, it reminded me of the many Greek Dogs I used to eat as a 6th-7th grader from the Greek restaurant down the street from our apartment. This is what I did: I put a hot dog on a bun, topped it with the sauce, sprinkled on some diced sweet onion, squirted a line of mustard, wrapped the whole thing up in some wax paper, let it sit for a few minutes, unwrapped it and enjoyed. It smelled and tasted just like the hot dogs I used to buy from the Greeks. As for the recipe, I mashed the meat up a bit finer as it was cooking. Because I accidentally used about a half a pound more meat than called for, the liquid started to evaporate. I fixed this by adding a little water and powdered beef bullion. Thanks!

May 07, 2009

Not being able to find greek sauce in the stores anymore, I went on a search and came across this one. And funny as it is, from my home town of Erie, PA. I did change a few things for a little more kick by adding chili powder and chyanne pepper powder, and used Franks Red hot to add a little tang to the mix. Took some greek dogs to work today to see how the guys liked it...the only thing they said would make it better was a beer with the greek dogs. I have to agree. This will also work well to make your own meat for Tacos or sloppy joes. Thanks Miz...

Jun 06, 2008

We usually don't cook with ground beef, so I used turkey instead. Instead of crushed red pepper flakes, I used cayenne pepper. This tastes as good as it smells! If it hadn't been for AR, I'd have never known about this recipe. Thanks AR!

Aug 10, 2010

Followed this recipe to the T and it was AMAZING!! Tastes just like the greek sauce at the greek places.


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  • Calories
  • 78 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 6.8 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 218 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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