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Coney Island Hot Dogs Recipe
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Coney Island Hot Dogs
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Coney Island Hot Dogs

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"The story of how the Coney Island hog dog got to the Midwest is pretty straightforward, but no one really knows exactly how the wiener first came to be topped with what is basically a hot meat relish. I have no idea how authentic this is, and have never been to Detroit, or even Flint. I have had Nathan's® version, which I enjoyed, but the word on the street is that it's not nearly as good as the relatives it spawned."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Combine ground beef, water, 1/2 cup diced onion, ketchup, butter, garlic, chili powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, celery salt, and cayenne pepper together in a pot. Mix with a potato masher or spatula over medium-high heat until mixture has a finely ground consistency and begins to bubble, about 10 minutes.
  2. Bring beef mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and reduces, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook hot dogs in boiling water until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange hot dog buns on a baking sheet.
  5. Cook buns in the preheated oven until soft and warm, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Place 1 bun on a plate. Place a hot dog in the bun and top with meat sauce. Drizzle yellow mustard and diced onion over the meat sauce. Repeat with remaining hot dogs.
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Aug 06, 2014

I can't tell you if this is authentic or close to authentic because I've never had the pleasure of having a coney island dog...but I can tell you it is very good. What I like about it is that it isn't ridiculously messy like a southern chili dog. I'm very excited to have a go to recipe when I'm craving "chili dogs". It took mine about 90 minutes to get to the right consistency....other than adding some shredded sharp cheddar to the top of the hot dog, I followed recipe exactly. In my world this is enough meat sauce for more than 8 hotdogs....more like 12.

Jul 16, 2014

Really easy to make that's what I like. Sometimes I just don't have the time. Tastes great and doesn't make the bun soggy and fall apart. I drizzled some liquid cheese on top


7 Ratings

Jun 28, 2015

My wife made this recipe, but used beef heart instead. When we ordered the meat at the butcher we got some strange looks, but the outcome was great! Something about using the beef heart made the Coney recipe right on point. I strongly suggest the beef heart if you want authenticity.

Aug 23, 2014

Easy preparation, great taste with melted cheddar on top.


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  • Calories
  • 528 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 32.3 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 29 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 1684 mg
  • 67%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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