Easy Homemade Hot Dog Sauce

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This easy Homemade Hot Dog Sauce is literally the PERFECT hot dog topping! The meat is nice and fine and simmered with beef broth, tomato paste, and the perfect amount of spices. It’s also an amazing topping for french fries (chili cheese fries, anyone?!) and makes great sloppy joes, too! The best part is, it’s SUPER easy to make and just uses everyday ingredients!

Homemade hot dog sauce on top of three hot dogs that are topped with cheddar cheese and onions.

There isn’t anything much better than a nice bowl of homemade chili when it’s CHILLY outside! There are a zillion-and-one ways to make chili….among my faves, this Three Bean Chili and this Red Chicken Chili!!

This hot dog chili sauce recipe is in a class of its own, though. It’s not meant to be eaten by the bowlful. Instead, pile it on top of hot dogs, french fries and it even makes great sloppy joes!

I think if you put this chili sauce over about anything, you could get me to eat it. It’s that good. Enough said. Now let’s make some chili dog sauce!!


  • A simple chili sauce that’s loaded with flavor!
  • Far and away better than any canned chili sauce!
  • The perfect way to entertain for game day or a casual gathering!
  • Can also be made in the slow cooker and kept warm during a party.


You’ll need the following ingredients to make this amazing homemade hot dog chili sauce:

Ingredients needed for homemade hot dog sauce.


Ground Beef: Use 90% lean or more if you want to avoid draining your meat. If not, 80-85% work well, too!


Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that the full recipe with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: Brown up your ground beef in a large skillet. Break it into small pieces as it cooks.

Ground beef being browned in a large pan.

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well to combine.

Homemade hot dog chili sauce being cooked in a pan.

Step 3: Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20-25 minutes….DONE! How easy is that?!

Close up of the texture of the hot dog sauce when done.

Like a thinner sauce? Add a splash of water. Like it thicker? Cook the sauce a bit longer! That’s the beauty of cooking at home…you can have it YOUR WAY 🙂


  • Reheating: To reheat, place in a saucepan and add a little water to thin it out a bit (about a tablespoon or so). Heat on medium until heated through.

  • Freezing: This hot dog chili sauce freezes great! Cool completely. Then place in a zip-top bag. Store FLAT in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight, then reheat according to reheating instructions above.


Meat: Ground turkey is a great sub for the ground beef.

Spice: If you want more spice, add extra hot sauce or cayenne pepper.


What is hot dog sauce??

Hot dog sauce is just a fancy (unfancy?) name for hot dog chili. Traditionally, it’s thinner than chili and doesn’t have beans.

How can I use this hot dog sauce?

Here are the top four ways to enjoy this chili sauce:

1) Coney Dog: Pile this sauce onto a steamed hot dog and bun and top with chopped onions and yellow mustard.

2) Chili Cheese Dogs: Pile this sauce onto a steamed hot dog and bun and top with lots of shredded cheddar cheese…or better yet, melty Velveeta!

3) Chili Cheese Fries: Spoon this chili sauce over french fries, and top with lots of cheese. Place in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese. YUMM!

4) Sloppy Joes: This simple chili sauce makes GREAT sloppy Joes! Pile it onto soft buns and enjoy!

Is this hot dog chili sauce the same as coney sauce?

Coney sauce is simply a meat sauce (ground beef) with spices that is traditionally served on hot dogs on Coney Island. This recipe is very similar to a “coney sauce.”

Can I make this chili sauce in the slow cooker?

YES!!!! Brown your beef in a skillet and transfer to the slow cooker. Add all the other ingredients and cook on LOW for 2-3 hours.

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Two hot dogs topped with the chili sauce and cheese.


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I hope you love this Homemade Hot Dog Sauce! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Easy Homemade Hot Dog Sauce

Casey Rooney
This easy Homemade Hotdog Sauce is literally the PERFECT hot dog topping! The meat is nice and fine and simmered with beef broth, tomato paste and the perfect amount of spices. It's also an amazing topping for french fries (chili cheese fries, anyone?!) and makes great sloppy joes, too! The best part is, it's SUPER easy to make and just uses everyday ingredients!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 230 kcal


  • 2 lbs. ground beef See Note 1
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 12oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce such as Tabasco (optional)
  • hot dogs, hot dog buns and toppings, for serving (shredded cheddar cheese, onions, yellow mustard, etc.)


  • Brown Meat: In a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, add ground beef. Cook meat for 2-3 minutes, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Pro tip: Use a potato masher during the last minute of cooking to get the meat broken up nice and fine! Drain grease, if necessary.
  • Add: To the skillet, add all remaining ingredients: beef broth, tomato paste, ketchup, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic salt, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Stir well to combine.
  • Simmer: Over medium-high heat, bring meat sauce to a boil. Then, place lid on the skillet and reduce heat to low heat. Simmer, covered, for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally. If you like a thinner sauce, add a splash of water.
  • Serve: Spoon hotdog sauce generously over hot dogs and add your favorite toppings, if desired.


Note 1: Use lean ground beef (90% lean or more) if you want to skip draining the meat! Ground turkey also works well.
Nutrition is only an estimate based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator
Nutrition info based on hot dog sauce only.
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Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 3.8gProtein: 35gFat: 7.4gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 546mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 2.7gCalcium: 8mgIron: 22mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night and my daughter already asked when we’re having “meaty hotdogs” again! You could say it was a huge win at my house!

  2. It’s flavorful, easy to make, and great for adding an extra kick to your hot dogs. The combination of spices and ingredients creates a delicious and satisfying sauce.

  3. We had this tiny little hot dog place down the street from where I grew up and they had the best hot dog sauce ever. Since then, I’ve been trying to recreate it. THIS IS IT! I could eat hot dogs with this sauce all day every day.

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! The ground beef mixture reminds me of a combination of sloppy joes and taco meat. Great flavor and pairs perfectly for the hot dog!