Comeback Sauce

$1.03 recipe / $0.21 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.71 from 17 votes
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Earlier this week I made some amazing steak fries and I needed a dipping sauce for them that was equally as epic. Plain old ketchup was just not going to do, so I made some Comeback Sauce. Comeback Sauce is a creamy, tangy, sweet, and savory sauce that’s great for dipping, dunking, drizzling, and smearing onto just about any food. It’s not called “comeback sauce” for nothing. It will keep you coming back for more. And more. And MORE. (I “accidentally” ate an entire bunch of broccoli in one sitting, thanks to this delicious sauce.)

A piece of roasted broccoli being dipped into a bowl of comeback sauce

Pictured with Oven Roasted Broccoli.

What is Comeback Sauce?

This unique sauce is said to have originated in a Greek restaurant in Mississippi, but it quickly spread throughout the entire south. The original sauce had a base of mayonnaise and Heinz Chili Sauce (a tomato-based sauce not to be confused with Sweet Chili Sauce), plus some other seasonings. There are many interpretations of this addictive sauce, with each person putting their own spin on the original as it spread across the region. Because Heinz Chili Sauce is not something I keep in my pantry, I made a few substitutions to create a similar flavor profile using items that I keep on hand, and in the process put the Budget Bytes stamp on the classic comeback sauce. ;)

What Do You Serve it With?

What can you not serve it with is probably a more appropriate question! It’s a fantastic all-purpose dip for things like roasted vegetables (shown with roasted broccoli), fried foods like french fries, chicken fingers or nuggets, tuna patties, or chips. It’s also great smeared onto burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, or wrap sandwiches. I wouldn’t be opposed to using this as a salad dressing, or using it to make an extra flavorful batch of coleslaw!

Close up of broccoli being dipped into comeback sauce

Comeback Sauce

4.71 from 17 votes
This creamy, tangy, sweet, and savory Comeback Sauce is great for dipping, drizzling, smearing, and smothering all of your favorite foods. 
Close up of broccoli being dipped into comeback sauce
Servings 5 2 Tbsp each
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins
Total 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise ($0.80)
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup ($0.10)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce ($0.01)
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp hot sauce* ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.02)

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until evenly mixed. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Notes

*Any vinegar based hot sauce like Tabasco.

Nutrition

Serving: 2TbspCalories: 158.8kcalCarbohydrates: 2.44gProtein: 0.34gFat: 16.52gSodium: 319.92mgFiber: 0.06g
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A bowl of comeback sauce surrounded by roasted broccoli

How to Make Comeback Sauce – Step by Step Photos

sauce ingredients in a bowl, not mixed

Combine ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp ketchup, 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, ½ tsp Dijon mustard, 1/8 tsp hot sauce, ¼ tsp smoked paprika, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, ⅛ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, and ⅛ tsp salt.

Finished comeback sauce being stirred with a red spatula

Stir the ingredients together until smooth. Serve or refrigerate until ready to eat!

Overhead view of a bowl of comeback sauce surrounded by roasted broccoli

Shown with roasted broccoli – toss broccoli in oil, then roast at 400ºF for about 30 minutes, or until you reach your desired level of brown.

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  1. Thanks to Beth, I bought and cut up my first whole pineapple.  The fresh pineapple was $1.50, the sliced pineapple was $3.99.  Not only did I save $2.50, I saved some plastic from the dump.  I reinvested my savings in a bag of cooked, peeled shrimp and used this comeback sauce as the dressing for Shrimp Louis.  So good!  Once again Budget Bytes for the win!  Thanks Beth and team! 

  2. Can you post ingredient weight measurements instead of or in addition to volume measurements?

  3. I doubled the recipe and used some for dipping homemade fries. Saved the rest for dinner and used it to coat spaghetti noodles, paired with homemade chicken meatballs that I covered in a homemade version of Nashville hot sauce. When I tell you this pairing was so delicious, I mean this flew out of the pot! I reccomend anyone try it if you like spicy meatballs! And the tangy comeback sauce for the noodles was just what the meatballs needed to even out the flavor. I was very proud of this combo, and will be saving this recipe for future dinners!

  4. This sauce is fantastic! It really makes oven roasted broccoli sing, in addition to anything fried. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Was that restaurant Glorybound Gyro Company in Hattiesburg? It is so good! I had no idea that this sauce is widely known.

  6. I made this with oven roasted broccoli tonight and it was GOOD! Moreish. Comeback is a good name for it because I’m going to be coming back! It was nice to have a tasty side dish recipe. So often I just steam carrots.

  7. I honestly have no idea why people are saying this is bland and tasteless. I use vegan Worcestershire and my family loves it.

  8. There are very few BB recipes that leave me disappointed. This was one. Went back to see if I forgot an ingredient…nope. Just kind of blah; not very flavorful.