Chicago Mild Sauce Recipe

Sauces give dishes a unique flavor and can add an extra dimension of deliciousness to your meals. Not only that, but sauces are also a great way to jazz up simple foods such as burgers or chicken breasts. Plus, they’re easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for future use. 

If you ask me which is my favorite sauce, I will take the name Chicago mild sauce. This sauce is a perfect dipping for a variety of dishes starting from chicken wings to fish and chips. And now you can make this sauce at home and store it for a long time and use it anytime you want. How? 

By following my recipe. After a lot of research and tries, I successfully made this mild sauce at home. Want to make this too on your own? Then you have to scroll down and read the full article. Here you will get the Chicago mild sauce recipe, and some tips to get its perfect texture, flavor, and thickness. So let’s not wait any more, it’s just a matter of a few minutes, and jump to make it.

Chicago Mild Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral
4.2 from 5 votes
Cuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Simple


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Whether you want something new to add to your salad repertoire or just want an alternative way to dress up your burger, Chicago mild sauce is perfect. It can enhance the flavor of foods and make them more sultry. The secret ingredient that made this sweet and spicy sauce a mild sauce is apple cider vinegar. You will also need barbecue sauce, tomato ketchup, hot sauce, lemon juice, and spices. Lets explore the full recipe below  and enhance the taste of your favorite dishes.


  • ½ cup of barbecue sauce,

  • ½ cup of tomato ketchup, 

  • 2 teaspoons of hot sauce,

  • ½ cup of water, 

  • ¼ cup of cane sugar,

  • ¼ cup of lemon juice,

  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder,

  • 1 tablespoon of paprika, 

  • Sea salt as per taste

  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

  • Tools
  • Saucepan

  • Spatula

  • Small serving bowl

how to make Chicago Mild Sauce

  • Preparation: Before you start making the Chicago mild sauce, gather all the ingredients in one place to avoid leaving any ingredients and make the process easier.  Take some small bowls and add each ingredient in different bowls at the mentioned quantity. Don’t make the mistake of doing some experiment; follow the steps below to get the taste of the Chicago mild sauce. 
  • Add The Main Ingredients: Turn on the stove and set it at medium heat, and put a saucepan in it. First, add the barbeque sauce to the saucepan, then the ketchup, and the hot sauce. Mix them with a spatula and let them become a little hot. Then add the sugar; sugar will leave excess water and make the sauce thinner, so let it cook for two minutes to absorb the extra water.  
    Add The Main Ingredients
  •  Add Other Spices, And Cook: Now, add spices like onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper, and give it a good mix. Pour the water and let it simmer for a few minutes. Keep stirring continuously and check the thickness. Before it reaches the perfect consistency, add the lemon juice. If you don’t have lemon juice, use apple cider vinegar. Cook it for a  minutes and turn off the stove when it reaches the perfect thickness.
    Add Other Spices, And Cook
  • Serve: Mild sauce isn’t something to enjoy hot so let it cool and then serve it with chicken fries or anything you like. Take a small bowl, pour, and serve. If you want to garnish, you can place a parsley leaf on top of it.
  •  Storage: If you have extra sauce, don’t worry. You can store it for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
    For that, put the sauce in the fridge for 30 minutes to let it cool completely. Then pour it into a safe refrigerator container, and store it for up to 3 months. Is the sauce already at room temperature? Then you can store it for a maximum of 2 weeks by keeping it in an air-tight container.

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Why Should You Try Chicago Mild Sauce

Chicago mild sauce is a kind of hot sauce, but its less spicy than regular hot sauce. You can say it’s a Chicago-style hot sauce. It’s full of flavors and spices, so it’s perfect for adding an extra zing to your dishes.  It has a savory and slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with all meats, making it the perfect condiment for burgers, tacos, pizzas, and more. You can also pour it over stir fry dishes or vegetables, or also use it as a marinade. 

Chicago mild sauce includes its versatility, low-calorie count, high acidity levels (which helps to preserve food quality), and antimicrobial properties. Plus,  it can help to keep food fresher longer by acting as a preservative. 

Additionally, it can provide some nutritional benefits due to its high levels of vitamin C and various nutrients including iron and manganese.

Tips And Tricks:

  • If you love spicy sauce, increase the hot sauce quantity, or if want it to be more sweet add a little more sugar. 
  • If you have a plan to store it for more days, prefer adding apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.
  • Serve it after chilling the mild sauce in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour. 

Nutrition Facts:

Fat0.2 gram
Calcium9 mg
Sodium529 mg
Potassium130 mg
Proetin130 mg


If you’re looking for a delicious, easy-to-make sauce to add some extra zing to your meals, you need to try this Chicago mild sauce recipe! It is a beloved condiment that is used with many dishes, including cheese fries, hot dogs, and even pizza, and it tastes amazing! 

Just grab the ingredients and follow the steps I have shared above, and enjoy your evening snacks or favorite fries with them.

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