Serves a Crowd

The Coney

June  6, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Makes 8 Coneys
Author Notes

I know ... most of you will say that it's just a chili dog, but Coney Island Restaurants are so popular around here and the Coney is Michigan tradition. I would wager that there are hundreds of these restaurants just in Southeast Michigan alone - chains like National, Kerby's, Leo's to mom and pop operations like Athens. The 2 big ones are located in Downtown Detroit..Lafayette and American..and stand right next to each other. The original is said to be Todoroff's in Jackson. We like to make them at home with my "coney" sauce. And a Michigan made natural casing frank is almost mandatory...Kowalski, Koegel, Alexander & Hornung. And what can be better than chili on a dog?? - inpatskitchen —inpatskitchen

Test Kitchen Notes

Inpatskitchen is not kidding around with these all-meat chili dogs. The spices in the chili are great -- spicy, but not overwhelming. The technique gives the sauce a hefty body that is perfect for topping a dog. I was happy with the consistency as it was, before adding the extra stock. A zig-zag of mustard is the perfect touch to finish these dogs. Don't forget it. - biffbourgeois
Stephanie Bourgeois

What You'll Need
  • The Coney Sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons Ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon AP flour
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth plus another 1/2 cup for a loose sauce if desired
  • The Coneys
  • 8 good quality natural casing franks
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • Yellow mustard
  • Finely diced white onion
  • The Coney sauce
  1. The Coney Sauce
  2. In a medium sauce pan, brown the ground chuck and onion until the meat loses its color. Drain and return to the stove.
  3. With the mixture over medium heat, stir in the chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, sugar, allspice and celery salt. Add the flour and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and one cup of chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat, let cool a bit and the place 1 1/2 cups of the mixture into a blender and puree.
  6. Return the pureed mixture back to the pot and reheat if ready to serve.
  7. In some parts of Michigan this sauce is "dry". If you'd like a looser sauce ( I do) add the extra 1/2 cup of chicken broth ( or even more if you like).
  1. The Coneys
  2. Steam, grill or boil your franks until done. We feel they're done when the casing starts to split.
  3. Dress each dog in the bun with the sauce, a stripe of the yellow mustard and as many diced onions as you wish.

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  • Austin Burges
    Austin Burges
  • mrslarkin
  • lastnightsdinner
  • boulangere
  • inpatskitchen

Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

13 Reviews

Austin B. January 26, 2019
I've never had an actual Coney dog, or anything billing itself as that, so I'll jump to the simplest appellation: this was, by far, the best chili-dog I've ever had in my life.
inpatskitchen January 26, 2019
Thanks so much Austin! You must come to Michigan and try the "real thing" with fries and a Vernor's Float!
Chughes0013 October 24, 2012
Wow! This was really good. I like spicy, so I added a little smoked paprika and cayenne. Otherwise followed the recipe to a T. Depth of flavor is amazing - cinnamon, then cumin, then chile powder, then cayenne. Thank you.
inpatskitchen October 25, 2012
Thank YOU!! So glad you enjoyed them!
GiGi26 August 5, 2011
Since a good Detroit Coney is still almost nonexsistant on the West Side of the state, your chili has become our favorite!!
inpatskitchen August 5, 2011
Oh, you're too kind...thanks!
mrslarkin June 6, 2011
inpatskitchen June 6, 2011
Yes! Yes! Thanks!
lastnightsdinner June 6, 2011
There is just nothing like a Michigan Coney dog.
inpatskitchen June 6, 2011
You betcha! (LOL)
boulangere June 6, 2011
inpatskitchen June 6, 2011
I'm taking that as a compliment!
boulangere June 6, 2011
Indeed it is.