Classic Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce

Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce
Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 2 hrs 12 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 12 to 16
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 A variety of spices flavor this delicious ground beef Coney Island hot dog sauce. The chili sauce is standard on classic coney dogs, and this version is easy to prepare and cook, and it's delicious. 

The "Coney Island hot dog" actually originated in Michigan, not Coney Island, New York. At least three restaurants purport to have created the famous hot dog, two in Detroit, Michigan and one in Jackson, Michigan.

There's also a Cincinnati version. The hot dog is topped with Cincinnati chili, shredded cheese, mustard, and some chopped onion.  

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef, 85%*
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/6 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 to 16 standard hot dog buns, steamed**
  • For the Topping: 
  • finely chopped onions, about 1 to 2 tablespoons for each hot dog
  • prepared yellow mustard
  • salt to taste 
  • Optional: shredded sharp or mild Cheddar cheese

How to Make It

In a medium saucepan or deep saute pan, brown the ground beef; drain well. To the ground beef add the finely chopped onion, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, allspice, ground mustard, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder, black pepper, tomato paste, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 2 hours. 

Grill, steam, or boil the hot dogs and steam or heat the buns.

To assemble: Put a cooked hot dog in the steamed or toasted hot dog bun.

Top with about 2 tablespoons of sauce to cover the hot dog. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped onion over the ground beef mixture then squirt a line of mustard the length of the hot dog. 

If desired, top the hot dogs with shredded Cheddar cheese, mild or sharp. 

*For a finer texture, pulse the ground beef in the food processor or use a potato masher to mash the beef as you cook it.

**Standard hot dog buns are used for coney dogs, not New England style. 

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