Frank’s Onion Relish Recipe for Hot Dogs

Here’s Frank’s version of the traditional New York onion relish for hot dogs. It makes about 1 1/2 cups and takes about 25 minutes.

Frank’s Onion Relish Recipe for Hot Dogs

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Condiment


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper ((chile powder is a good substitute, just not as smoky tasting)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (granulated garlic, or finely minced fresh will work fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup water


Step 1
Heat the oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook about 10 minutes until soft and starting to turn golden.
Step 2
Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Stir to mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning. Serve and enjoy!

My verdict: Delicious! I’m not sure how authentic it is, because, believe it or not, I’ve never had a hot dog from a cart in New York. Try it and let me know how he did.


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