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New York-Style Hot Dog Onions


This is an easy version of the traditional hot dog topping that's served by New York City street vendors.















1 tablespoon canola oil
or vegetable oil
1 large yellow onion
sliced into 1/4-inch thick rings
2 ½ tablespoons ketchup
½ teaspoon brown sugar, light
teaspoon chili powder
1 dash red hot pepper sauce
1 pinch cinnamon
½ cup water


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir occasionally until the onions are slightly browned and somewhat soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, hot sauce and cinnamon; mix well. Add the water and bring mixture to a boil; simmer, uncovered, until onions are completely tender and the liquid is mostly evaporated, an additional 10 minutes.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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United States

Home run this recipe is great adds a little to hotdog night!

about 5 years ago

Perfect, my family loves the onions even those who didn't eat onions!!!

almost 5 years ago

I miss the New York hot dog stands -- and always love the onion sauce with a little mustard.
I will try it this weekend with the grand kids. I am sure it will be great

over 3 years ago

Love it never thought to use cinnamon! Yum

almost 3 years ago

Excellent, makes me miss NY....

almost 3 years ago

Absolutely a great recipe! Thank you for sharing!

over 2 years ago

Out of this world everyone wants hotdogs every day million thank for recipe

over 2 years ago

United States

Unbelievable I really thought I was in Manhattan eating me a hot dog with onions ketchup and muster thank you for the recipe

over 2 years ago

So glad to find this recipe! I miss getting red onions on my hot dogs from NY. Haven't been able to get it since I left there. Thanks

over 2 years ago


I so miss the dirty water hot dogs with hot onions and cheese from Jersey & NY thanks for the recipe

over 1 year ago

These taste something like the NY hot dog onions I remember, but these taste soooo much better.

over 1 year ago

Joyce Tzovaras Smith

NYC hot dog pushcart vendors use cinnamon in their recipe??? Or pre-made? What's the brand?

over 1 year ago


Thank you so much for this recipe; I miss the hotdog stands in NY and the onions with spicy mustard - YUM

about 1 year ago

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