Onions in Red Sauce for Hot Dogs

Recipe by The George Family

I can't recall where I got this recipe, but it is delicious and I've made it several times. I find that it takes quite a while for the water to boil down......but it is well worth it. Onions in Red sauce for Hot Dogs

Top Review by LouLouIzSpoiled

We eat hot dogs galore during the summer and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them or new toppings to try out. This sauce was really delicious and enjoyed a lot by my family at our most recent cook out! I plan to make up some of this and try canning it for the winter! With onions from the garden it should be delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin and then chopped (I prefer a little bit more onion so add extra myself)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (I also add a pinch two more of this to speed the thickening process)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed (or less if you like it less spicy)
  • 14 cup vinegar


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute sliced onion in the oil for 5 minutes, until onions are soft, but not brown.
  2. Add water, tomato paste, corn syrup, cornstarch, salt and red pepper flakes, and stir.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Add vinegar.
  5. Continue to simmer for an additional 30 to 45 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced and the sauce is thick.
  6. Makes about 1 cup.

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