Comeback Sauce

Written by Beth - Budget Bytes

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

Close up of broccoli being dipped into comeback sauce
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Comeback Sauce

This creamy, tangy, sweet, and savory Comeback Sauce is great for dipping, drizzling, smearing, and smothering all of your favorite foods. 
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 5 2 Tbsp each


  • 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)


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


*Any vinegar based hot sauce like Tabasco.
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Serving: 2 TbspCalories: 158.8 kcalCarbohydrates: 2.44 gProtein: 0.34 gFat: 16.52 gSodium: 319.92 mgFiber: 0.06 g
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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.