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Sweet Hoosier Dog Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


5 cups

In our area of Indiana, we love sweet coney sauce on our hot dogs! Our town still has an old drive-in that is famous for its sauce. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana
Sweet Hoosier Dog Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Hot dogs and buns
  • Optional: Diced onion, sliced pickles and shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomato paste; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in next 13 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce over hot dogs in buns. Add optional toppings as desired.
  2. Freeze option: Freeze cooled sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 111 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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