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Coney Island Sauce

Put the ketchup aside! Shirley Heston of Pickerington, Ohio turns ground beef, chopped onion, tomato sauce and chili powder into a zippy topping ideal for hot dogs. Grill two packages of hot dogs at your next barbecue and save the extras for the following dishes.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, split


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, mustard and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Grill or cook hot dogs according to package directions. Place hot dogs in buns; top with sauce.

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  • Ronald
    Sep 6, 2020

    I usually give most recipes a fair chance before I tweak it and make it my own. So I gave this a try all ingredients unaltered. It was delicious! I wouldn't know what to change or tweak to make it any better. I had plenty of time so I did do something different... I lowered the temp to a very slow simmer and cooked it much longer. Then put it in the fridge overnight and reheated it to serve the next day. This enables the flavors to blend better as with most sauces. I believe this matches the coney sauce from my favorite gourmet hot dog joint. Which is saying a lot, because I have tried coneys from several states and many places reported to be famous for their dogs. My compliments to the creator of this recipe. Thank you, cibo delizioso!

  • emb219
    Aug 14, 2020

    As usual, Taste of Home's recipes are the best, and there are no annoying pop-up ads and junk to get through. I'll give you a little tip from a former Dog N Suds employee: boil your hot dogs with 1TB of canola or soybean oil per 1 qt. of water for that little extra!

  • Jim
    Jun 17, 2020

    I did exactly as recipe said but doubled and hit it with immersion blender for about 10 seconds after mixing in wet ingredients. Outstanding!!! recipe!!!

  • Remenec
    Nov 20, 2017

    This is one of the best coney sauces I've ever tried! My whole family loved this recipe! I omitted the celery. Instead I topped the coney sauce with shredded sharp cheese and ladled it over hot dogs.

  • Alan
    Aug 17, 2017

    As delicious as what the root beer stands has to offer. I did make a some changes in the recipe and was surprisingly good. One change I made was due to not having any lemon juice so I substituted white vinegar instead. The other change was actually a mistake and it was when I doubled the recipe and I doubled the 15 oz can of tomato sauce instead of the doubling the recipe's amount of an 8 oz can. Fortunately, the sauce cooked down to a nice consistency and thickened after being refrigerated. Will be making this again in the future and with my serendipitous mistake.

  • luigimon
    May 10, 2014

    Very good! Made a quadruple batch for a batch doesn't make much at all!

  • CookRDad
    Aug 5, 2012

    No comment left

  • ferbie
    Mar 24, 2012

    I thought this tasted really good on my hot dog. I will keep this recipe and make it again.

  • ButterLovingGirl
    Nov 13, 2011

    I made this for a baked potato buffet fundraiser, they licked the pot clean and asked for more! Just enough spice to keep everyone happy.

  • aware
    Oct 1, 2011

    I wondered about the celery, but this was the best hot dog chili I've eaten.