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Chili Coney Dogs

From the youngest kids to the oldest adults, everyone in our family loves these hot dogs. Inspired by the classic Coney dog, they’re so easy to throw together in the morning or even the night before. —Michele Harris, Vicksburg, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, split
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, relish and chopped onion


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, onion and seasonings.
  • Place hot dogs in a 3-qt. slow cooker; top with beef mixture. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until heated through. Serve on buns with toppings as desired.

Chili Coney Dog Recipe Tips

What's the difference between a Coney dog and a chili dog?

They might seem like different names for the same style of hot dog, but Coney Island dogs are smothered with a meat sauce that's not exactly chili—plus onions and yellow mustard. Chili dogs can be topped with meat and bean chili as well as cheese or cheese sauce.

Where did the Coney dog originate?

This hot dog originated at the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York, where Nathan Handwerker (yes, that famous Nathan) first sold the meat-topped dogs.

What goes well with chili dogs?

Balance your meaty handheld meal with fresh sides like grilled corn on the cob, coleslaw, green bean salad, potato salad or a simple serving of fries or chips.

Research contributed by Elizabeth Harris
Nutrition Facts
1 chili dog: 371 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 992mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • cynandtom
    Mar 28, 2021

    I grilled the dogs and made the sauce on the stove. Absolutely love this sauce, great flavor and consistency. Simple, delicious, and freezer friendly. This will be our new go to on hot dog nights.

  • Pam
    Dec 18, 2020

    I made this for a few people at the small cafe that I work at and they all loved it. The only thing I would change is to make it a bit spicier. Otherwise, it's an excellent recipe. It's going in my best of the best section of personal recipes.

  • tkuehl
    Oct 5, 2020

    This was an easy tasty recipe. My husband said it was a cross between traditional chili dogs and sloppy joes. What I liked was that the recipe uses pantry staples, no special ingredients and it comes together fast. This will make a repeat in our house.

  • amsm
    Aug 30, 2020

    These were easy to prepare and I had everything needed on hand. I added a little less tomato sauce so it would be thicker. I also skipped the slow cooker step and just topped our grilled hot dogs with the meat. I'll keep this chili recipe handy to use again!

  • auntie1
    Aug 25, 2020

    My family loved this recipe - even the grandkids. It’s so easy and tasty. I thought the hotdogs might fall apart while cooking, but they didn’t. The sauce was a little thin but thickened up by the next day when we had leftovers. And the taste was even better the next day too. This recipe is definitely a keeper....a new family favorite!

  • laura70
    Jul 21, 2020

    Nice easy recipe that tastes good. You can control the heat by adding more cayenne - nice touch to have this as an added ingredient. Yes the chili was runny but who cares that's what slotted spoons are for. This could easily be doubled for a party or potluck.

  • randcbruns
    Jun 4, 2019

    This is my favorite way to have hot dogs. This is a great recipe with great flavor.

  • K.
    May 25, 2019

    Great easy recipe, will be making this often.

  • pajamaangel
    Oct 9, 2018

    I did this on the stove top to make them quicker. Still very tasty.

  • Sandy
    Aug 22, 2017

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