Delicious Small Batch Hotdog Sauce

Delicious Small Batch Hotdog Sauce: Perfect for Freezing

Small Batch Hotdog Sauce

If you’re like me and not a fan of canned hotdog sauce, then you should try this easy recipe. This wonderful hotdog sauce is from a little mom and pop restaurant in my hometown. They’ve been cranking out their fantastic hotdogs since 1960 and they’re still going strong. This sauce freezes great and is also delicious mixed with some cooked macaroni and topped with shredded cheese. This is made almost exactly like I make my spaghetti sauce – you do NOT brown the ground beef before mixing everything together because this is what gives it a finer texture.

Delicious Small Batch Hotdog Sauce


  • 5 oz ground beef (do NOT cook before mixing with rest of ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh onion OR 1 1/2 teaspoons minced dried onion
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place raw ground beef into a very small saucepan or mini crockpot and add boiling water.
  2. Break up beef so that it’s in very fine pieces.
  3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Simmer on low on top of the stove, stirring occasionally for about 1 1/2 hours, or in a crockpot on low for about 2 hours.

Enjoy your homemade hotdog sauce!


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