NYC Style Smoked Paprika Hot Dog Onions

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan, Condiments & Canning
To this native New Yorker, it’s not a hot dog without onions, sauerkraut and mustard. These are better than the onions I grew up with.
NYC Style Smoked Paprika Hot Dog Onions


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds of yellow onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of water


  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook until the onions are golden, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Lower flame and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Adjust seasoning. Serve warm.
Total time:
Yield: 1 quart


These are not limited to being used on hot dogs. You could put on a burger or grilled cheese sandwich. They’d be great with sausages. The possibilities are kind of endless.