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Homemade Hot Dog Sauce Recipe

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Also known as coney sauce or chili dog sauce, this homemade hot dog sauce recipe can be made on your RV stovetop, in a slow cooker, or in a Dutch oven over the campfire…

You’ll find a wide variety of hot dog sauce recipes online with all kinds of ingredients, like Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, ground mustard, and apple cider vinegar. But at Camping Food Recipes, we believe an easy recipe that uses the fewest ingredients to make the best hot dog topping is the perfect way to go. 

So, we’ve come up with a simple chili sauce recipe that’ll get rave reviews from all your camping companions. You can make it on your RV stovetop, in a slow cooker, or even in a Dutch oven over the campfire. 

Or, you can make it at home before your camping trip! Simply store it in an airtight container, and it will last for 2-3 days in the fridge or 2-3 months in the freezer. The same goes for any leftover chili, too, of course. It heats up quite nicely!

If you want to enjoy a traditional coney dog, top your hot dog with the meat sauce from this recipe, cheese sauce (or cheddar cheese), and diced onion. It’ll be like you just bought it from a hot dog cart on Coney Island!

We hope you enjoy this great recipe as much as we do! It’s certainly the perfect addition to any hot dog bar and camping menu. 

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(By the way, if you love Coney dogs, you’ll love these New-York Style hot dogs with homemade sauerkraut!)

Hot Dog Sauce

4 from 9 votes
Recipe by Camping Food Recipes Course: ToppingCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Also known as coney sauce or chili dog sauce, this homemade hot dog sauce recipe can be made on your RV stovetop, in a slow cooker, or in a Dutch oven over the campfire…


  • 1 lb 1 lean ground beef

  • 1 1 medium onion, finely chopped*

  • 1-1/2 Tbsp 1-1/2 chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 garlic powder

  • 1 Tbsp 1 brown sugar

  • 1 can 1 15 oz tomato sauce

  • 3 Tbsp 3 tomato paste

  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  • In a medium pot, brown ground beef on medium heat, crumbling it into very small pieces.
  • Add the diced onion and cook over medium-high heat until the onion turns translucent.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and continue to simmer on low heat for at least 20 minutes. Or transfer to a slow cooker and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring often. If the sauce thickens too much, add water to reach your desired consistency. The sauce should easily slide (not pour) off a spoon.
  • Serving Suggestion: Spoon hot dog sauce on hot dog and top with yellow mustard and diced onion. Add cheddar cheese, too, if you’d like!



  • *Buy 2 medium onions or 1 large onion if you want to top your hot dog sauce with additional diced onions. We recommend topping with yellow mustard and cheddar cheese, too!
  • You can refrigerate leftover hot dog sauce in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Or freeze it for 2-3 months. Which means you can make it in advance and pack it for your camping trip!

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