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1 September 2021

This comeback sauce recipe is creamy and zesty, the perfect condiment for sandwiches or dipping, so easy to make and ready to transform your meal.

Looking for your new favorite creamy, spicy sauce for sandwiches or for dipping? Look no further than Mississippi Comeback Sauce, my friends! This sauce will definitely keep you coming back for more.

Comeback sauce is a creamy southern style mayonnaise based sauce. It originated in Jackson, Mississippi, in a Greek restaurant in the 1930s and has captured the hearts, and taste buds, of many.

It is comparable to a Cajun remoulade sauce or a spicy fry sauce, made primarily with mayonnaise and a few other readily available condiments and seasonings.

It’s very easy to make from pantry ingredients, and also easy to adjust the levels of heat and spice in order to make it your own. It’s perfect for the spicy food lover looking for a simple way to add some zing to sandwiches or fried foods, or just about anything else.

You’ll find variations from cook to cook, of course. Some like to add fresh ingredients, like celery, onion or peppers to the mix, though you can easily make it with condiments and powdered seasonings.

This is a very easy version.

Let’s talk about how we make comeback sauce, shall we?

Spicy Comeback Sauce ready to serve

Comeback Sauce Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise
  • Chili sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard – I prefer a spicy mustard, though you can use Dijon mustard or Creole mustard. Dry mustard is good, too.
  • Lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce (or to taste)
  • Paprika (use smoked paprika for extra zip)
  • Garlic powder (or use fresh minced)
  • Onion powder (or use fresh minced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Comeback Sauce Ingredients

How to Make Comeback Sauce – the Recipe Method

The Ingredients. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl – mayonnaise, chili sauce, ketchup, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Comeback Sauce ingredients in a bowl, ready for mixing

Hand Mix or Process. Mix well until combined and smooth and creamy.

Comeback Sauce mixed in a bowl

Boom! Done! Your comeback sauce is ready to go. Looks so creamy, doesn’t it? Spread it on whatever needs some zing! How are you going to use yours? Curious minds want to know.

Creamy Comeback Sauce ready to serve

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Ratios. You can easily vary up the ingredient ratios with comeback sauce to make it your own. Looking for more mayo? Go for it. More paprika? Yes! Less salt? It’s totally your call. Make it your very own.
  • Heat Factor. Comeback sauce isn’t overly spicy, though will depend on your choice of hot sauce. A Louisiana style hot sauce is typically used, like Tabasco, Franks or Crystal. You can easily add in a spicy chili powder, like cayenne powder, or some minced spicy peppers. Go for it!
  • Mustard. I switch between using Creole mustard or spicy brown mustard when I make comeback sauce, though I also love Dijon mustard. A good dry mustard works as well. Use your favorite and feel free to experiment.

Creamy Comeback Sauce in a bowl

Comeback Sauce Serving Suggestions

Comeback sauce is typically used as a condiment for sandwiches, but also as a dipping sauce for french fries, chicken tenders, fried pickles or other dippers. Try is as a salad dressing for a salad that isn’t boring!

It’s great on all sorts of fried foods. Add a 1/4 cup or so to a small bowl and serve it up. Get ready for dipping!

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this comeback sauce recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Creamy Comeback Sauce on a spoon

Cookbook Recommendation

If you’re interested in southern cooking and cuisine, check out these cookbooks for some great southern recipes and history. I’m learning quite a lot about southern food and barbecue from them. Definitely some great eating!

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Comeback Sauce on a spoon

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Comeback Sauce Recipe

This comeback sauce recipe is creamy and zesty, the perfect condiment for sandwiches or dipping, so easy to make and ready to transform your meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili sauce, condiment, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard
Servings: 24 tablespoons
Calories: 53kcal


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard or use Dijon mustard or Creole mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika use smoked paprika for extra zip
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or use fresh minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder or use fresh minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl. Mix well until combined and smooth and creamy.


If using fresh garlic and onion, you can process the ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Makes about 1.5 cups.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg