Onions in Red Sauce for Hot Dogs

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

Chopped onions on a hot dog are good but this onion sauce a traditional topping for a New York hot dog is better.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté garlic and onions in olive oil.
  2. When onions are tender add ketchup, choice of cayenne or pepper flakes and paprika.
  3. Simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add vinegar and simmer 30-45 minutes.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Serve over grilled hot dogs in steamed buns.
Most Helpful

Growing up in Southern Ohio, we always eat our hot dogs with meat sauce. I had never heard of anything like this, but it sounded good, so I thought I'd try it. I'm glad I did! It was a nice change from the usual and lower calorie, too! Thanks!

Lucky Clover July 24, 2012

I made the recipe with one onion. So it took less time to cook. It's so yummy. I tried in hot dogs and it was great. Thanks Rita :) Made for All you can cook buffet

Boomette August 27, 2011

Great recipe, Rita. I like this better than Sabrette's onions. I made a few minor adjustments. When sauteeing the onions I also added some tri-color mini sweet peppers. My garlic was hickory smoked in my stove top smoker, and I added a few extra cloves (we are garlic-holics). I also added about a tablespoon of Steen's cane syrup to offset the vinegar. Salt was not needed at all. The result was a sweet/sour oniony smoky relish that I put on bacon-wrapped dawgs that were cooked in the rotisserie. Delicious!

TxGriffLover June 16, 2009