Save on Pinterest

Depression Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.


5 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
Through the years, I often found myself serving this casserole just before payday. It's a family favorite and truly an end-of-the-month budget stretcher—that's why I thought the name "Depression Casserole" was so appropriate.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) hot dogs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Toast points or cooked rice, optional


  1. In a saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in ketchup, water, vinegar, mustard and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Place hot dogs in a 1-qt. baking dish; pour sauce over. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. If desired, serve over toast points or rice.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 360 calories, 30g fat (12g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1216mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.

Recommended Video

More from Taste of Home