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Street Cart Hot Dog

Street Cart Onions

10 min

The secret ingredient to making a truly authentic street cart hot dog is the flavorful onions. It's a great way to elevate the average summer hot dog into an experience! This onion topping can be prepared a day ahead of time and refrigerated. Just allow time to let the toppings come to room temperature before serving for the best flavor. 


2 large onions (about 2 lbs)

½ tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp ancho chili powder

½ C ketchup

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Hot sauce to taste

Canola oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed


  1. Peel and trim the onions, then cut in half through the root and slice into thin slices (you should have about 1 ½ lbs).
  2. Heat about 2 Tbsp of canola oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the onions.
  3. Sauté until the onions are translucent and just beginning to brown, about 5–6 minutes.
  4. Add ½ tsp kosher salt, the ancho chili powder, smoked paprika and about ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper and stir to combine. Cook for another 2 minutes to bloom the flavor of the spices.
  5. Add the ketchup and 1 ¼ C water, stir to combine and then reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
  6. Cook for 25–30 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the onions are jammy. 
  7. Stir in the vinegar and as much hot sauce as you like—start with about ½ tsp, taste and adjust from there.