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Classic Coney Island Hot Dog

Classic Coney Island Hot Dog

The classic coney island hot dog is a snappy hot dog with a beanless chili sauce and onions. It's a classic boardwalk tradition. 
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Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: All American
Keyword: classic hot dog, Coney Island hot dog recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Author: Laura Franco


For the Chili:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 2-4 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:

  • 8-10 premium hot dogs
  • 8-10 hot dog buns I use top-sliced buns
  • 30 slices of pickled jalapenos


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

For the Cheese Sauce:

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

For the hot dogs

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