Anne Kearney (right) sent this photo of four generations of her family.

Anne Kearney, 78, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, worked for years as a registered nurse, raising her four children on her own. Being a single mother was tough but she always found time to cook for her family.

"Even though I worked, I can never remember them not having a home-cooked meal," Anne says.

"I used to have a swimming pool. In fact, a couple grandkids learned to swim there. We’d have the Wiener Sauce when we had a cookout. I’ve been serving this to my kids for 30 years. It’s great on hot dogs or hamburgers. It’s even better the next day as the flavors meld. It is so good."

"Many of my recipes have been loved by my family for years…and now, my four children are making them for my grandchildren," she smiles.


Wiener Sauce

Anne shares, "I've been serving this to my kids for 30 years."

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Cup chopped green or red bell peppers
  • 3/4 Cup ketchup
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 11/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. GROUND CUMIN
  • 1 tsp. OREGANO
  • 2 tsp. CHILI POWDER
  • 1 tsp. CAYENNE PEPPER
  • 2 tsp. HUNGARIAN SWEET PAPRIKA
  • 1 tsp. REGULAR MUSTARD POWDER

Brown the ground beef. Drain off any fat left in the pan. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Simmer over low heat for about an hour or so. Serve over hot dogs or hamburgers, or on a bun by itself.
A note from Anne: At the end, if it seems a bit 'loose', I add a little cornstarch mixed with water. Start with 1 heaping teaspoon combined in a bit of water (1 TB).

Prep. time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 80 minutes
Serves: 10 (1/2 cup servings for sloppy joe-style sandwiches) or 40 (2 TB. servings for topping hot dogs or burgers)

Nutritional Information: Servings 10; Serving Size 1/2 cup (147g); Calories 190; Calories from fat 80; Total fat 9g; Cholesterol 55mg; Sodium 370mg; Carbohydrate 8g; Dietary Fiber <1g.

Wiener Sauce



Order the Spices for this Recipe:

Description Price Quantity
Cumin Ground .9 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.55
Oregano Broken Leaf Turkish .2 oz. 1/4 cup jar $2.29
Regular Chili Powder 1.1 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.99
Cayenne Red Pepper Powder 1.0 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.45
Hungarian Sweet Kulonleges Paprika 1.0 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.89
Mustard Powder Regular .9 oz. 1/4 cup jar $2.75