Classic Coney Island Hot Dog

Classic Coney Island Hot Dog

  • Author: krazykitchenmom
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


The classic coney island hot dog is a snappy hot dog with a beanless chili sauce and onions. It’s a classic boardwalk tradition. 



For the Chili:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 24 TBS chili powder (depending on how hot you like your chili; you can always start with 2 and add more after tasting the final product).
  • 2 TBS yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 8-ounces of shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup half-n-half
  • 1 TBS cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

For the Hot Dog:

  • 810 premium hot dogs
  • 810 hot dog buns (I use top-sliced buns)
  • 30 slices of pickled jalapenos


  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef (strain off any grease).
  2. Add three-quarters of the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes. (The remaining onion is for the topping.)
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients.
  4.  Reduce the mixture to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

For the Cheese Sauce:

  1. Add mild to a stove-top pan and warm on medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the cornstarch.
  3. Add 4-ounces of the cheese and whisk until it melts.
  4. Add the remaining 4-ounces of cheese and continue to whisk until fully melted

For the hot dogs

  1. Boil or grill the hot dog.
  2. Gill the buns – just until they start to crisp.
  3. Add the hot dog to the bun.
  4. Top the hot dog with cheese sauce, the chili, diced onions, and pickled jalapenos

  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: All American