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Texas Hotdog Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Texas Hotdog Sauce

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"When I was small we would always stop and get hot dogs smothered in a flavorful meat sauce on the way to Gram's. Dad worked and experimented, and finally came up with a sauce that tasted just as good. Be sure to spread the hot dog rolls with mustard and top them off with chopped onion."

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Original recipe makes 1 quart Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Place ground beef, ground pork, frankfurters, and sweet onion in the skillet. Cook until meat is evenly brown and onion is soft. Drain and lower heat.
  2. Mix in garlic, browning sauce, ground black pepper, salt, tomato soup, water, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon and dry bread crumbs. Slowly simmer until thick, about 25 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 06, 2006

I liked the sauce! The texas hot diner in Wellsville, NY has a great sauce also. They have been selling hot dogs with their special sauce for eighty years..people drive 40 miles to get a bag of them to go. Thanks again

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 13, 2010

I'm originally from Buffalo NY and Texas hot dogs are a big favorite. You can get the Greek recipe that is used in Western NY form a site called Greekhotdog sauce. Its as good as it gets for the authentic sauce.

Oct 05, 2003

this is a great recipe thanks

Apr 22, 2008

"TEXAS" hot dog sauce should not be confused with the original "GREEK" recipe, which contained no tomato products, sauce, puree, or whatever....and where in the heck did cinnamon come in ???? This may be a good substitute for the real thing....however....I will "El Paso" on this one.

Jul 16, 2005

Oh Diane, we must have stopped at the same place to get our texas hot dogs. This is a great recipe that is very close to that. Excellent!! Good going Diane's dad, thanks for the great recipe. Everyone loved it. It's going in the recipe box. Thanks for sharing. Mama

Mar 08, 2006

This was really good. I used a whole can of tomato soup and less water so the sauce was thicker. I'll make it again. It would be a great recipe for camping.

Mar 06, 2014

texas wieners Altoona PA ? this has been a secret recipe since the 1900s lol. here's what I know from an uncle that worked there he would not divulge the recipe but would say whether we where right on ingredients. The one thing he said was that NO left overs where wasted at the hotdog stand ! Which makes perfect sense during the time frame of the depression . So what was on the menu is the major components of the sauce. The only meat products they sold were steer burgers and hotdogs. steer burgers where basically steamed hamburgers broiled in onions. The sauce is definitely made form left over steer burgers and hotdogs ground fine ! The other major item they sold was black coffee ! this is the big secret they threw nothing away not even left over coffee ! There is no tomato products the sauce color comes from the seasonings . there is NO sausage , they did not sell sausage. there is no cinnamon ! the seasonings in the recipe above are very close but no cinnamon the coffee brings the red brown color and tones the peppers down adding that slight bitterness . steer burgers , hotdogs and black coffee are confirmed , No tomato products not even catsup is confirmed. Cinnamon is not an ingredient and is confirmed (we tried that before and found that Uncle Binky said we where correct) . Again look at the times and menu at the early Texas wiener stand and think the way they did during the depression !

Apr 16, 2010

I have made a sauce similar to this one but without the frankfurters. I had never heard of that but it's a good idea. I just don't eat frankfurters. I only eat sauce on buns. I'm from West Virginia and I also put a hint of cinnamon in my sauce as well as vinegar. Some people are afraid of something different. But this is a thumbs up for me. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 50 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.7 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.9 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 137 mg
  • 5%

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

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