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Spicy Relish – Once Upon a Chef


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Inspired by the famous hot sauce served at Ted’s Hot Dogs, a beloved chain of charcoal broiled hot dog restaurants in Buffalo, NY, this spicy relish is my all-time favorite cookout condiment. It holds special nostalgic appeal for me, as I spent many childhood vacations visiting my grandparents in Buffalo, and no visit was ever complete without a trip to Ted’s for a foot-long hot dog with the sauce. This version is not an exact copycat of Ted’s but it’s pretty close, and it happens to be the easiest thing in the world to make – just three ingredients and they all come from jars. Slather it on hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, or pretty much anything in place of ketchup. For the full Ted’s experience, try to find Sahlen’s Original Smokehouse Hot Dogs (in my area, Wegmans carries them); they are the best!

What You’ll Need To Make Spicy Relish

spicy relish ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

In a small bowl, combine the chili sauce, relish, and hot sauce.

chili sauce, pickle relish and hot sauce in bowl

Stir well, then taste and add more hot sauce, if desired.

mixed relish

Serve and enjoy!

Hot Dog Relish


  • 1 cup Heinz chili sauce
  • ¾ cup sweet relish
  • ¾ teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco, plus more to taste


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the chili sauce, relish, and hot sauce. Taste and add more hot sauce, if desired. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks.

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