Joanie's Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce Recipe -
Joanie's Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Joanie's Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce

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"Great Coney Island sauce. Can be used on hot dog or hamburgers. A family favorite."

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. In large skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook ground beef in butter until brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chopped onion and cook until beef juices run clear, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Stir in salt, pepper, paprika and chile powder. Add water to cover, and simmer until water is absorbed, stirring frequently, 10 to 15 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 28, 2005

I felt Sauce was a tad too much chili powder. A famous Michigan Coney restaurant uses these proportions of condiments: 1 lb. hamburgh 80/20 fat ratio. small onion, chopped, 2 tsp. chilipowder(kind that has cumin in it already), 1 tsp. cumin, 2 tsp. Hungarian sweet Paprika, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp. white sugar. The mixture is prepared as Joanie suggests. In addition, once the meat is browned, one should "pulse" the meat in a food processor for about 2-3 seconds to break up the "strands" of meat. The white buns should be 7 in. in length and slightly steamed, and the Koegel brand Vienna hotdog is just heated and then topped with the sauce and finally generously topped with chopped sweet onion bits.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 04, 2003

Be very cautious in trying this recipe for children! My husband and I thought it was okay, but I wondered if I had done something wrong with the spices! (Should the measurements be teaspoons?) It was awfully hot, even after I added a small amount of sugar, some ketchup, and removed some of the spice. Kids ate plain hotdogs, and husband did not request a repeat. I was disappointed, it looked good.


45 Ratings

Feb 08, 2005

My fiance LOVES coney island's, and he thinks this sauce is just about perfect. I added some garlic and a small amount of sugar to the recipe.

Dec 16, 2004

Fantastic sauce. I did not change a thing. It turned out wonderful. Super easy to make. My 10 year old son fell in love with it. He said "It's much better than the canned kind we usually use" And he loves the canned type. Thank you so much.

Apr 11, 2006

this recipes just didnt look right without good old heres what I did I added tomato puree,sugar, and garlic to joanies recipe.I left everything else the same, I let this cook in the crock on low for a few hrs .as far as the spices go though I added alot more chili powder to give it a little zip,and as it cooked I added spices to my taste yours might be differant than mine.was husband loves it.

Dec 18, 2003

I added extra salt, but I liked this a lot. If you order burgers or hots "with everything," this is the sauce you are looking for.

Sep 10, 2002

We loved this sauce. I added 1 T cumin to the recipe.

Jun 29, 2003

Very good...add extra hot sauce to really spice it up.


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  • Calories
  • 51 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 73 mg
  • 3%

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

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