Authentic Coney Dog Sauce – Did you know that Coney Island Hotdogs didn’t originate in Coney Island Amusement Park in Brooklyn, New York? The recipes were brought to the U.S. by Greek and Macedonian immigrants who settled in the Midwest. The first Coney Island Hotdog shop appears to have been in Ft. Wayne, Indiana or Jackson, Michigan – they both opened in 1914, but no one knows the actual date for either. Apparently, there are lots of debates about the actual “authentic” recipe, but I don’t care. I’m dropping the “island” and calling mine “authentic” because it tastes just like I remember from my Indiana youth. It appears the original Michigan recipe contains ground beef hearts – something I’d have a very hard time bringing myself to eat. You can read more of the historical debate here if you feel so inclined. 🤔
I knew there had to be a secret ingredient in the coney sauce, but I couldn’t figure out what it was for the longest time. When I considered what a restaurant might do with their leftovers, it occurred to me they might want to use up cooked, but unsold, hotdogs. What a perfect place to “discard” them. 😀 If you’ve never had real coney dog sauce, then you’re in for a treat. This sauce is so good, you’ll want to just eat it with a spoon!
This recipe makes a large batch. Cut the recipe in half or freeze leftovers in pint or 1/2 pint containers. It makes a perfect topping for wiener roasts. 😃
Authentic Coney Dog Sauce
2 lbs. ground chuck or round
1 large onion, finely diced or grated
9 oz. tomato paste (1-1/2 cans)
9 oz. water (1-1/2 cans)
5 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp. allspice, to taste
1 tbsp. jarred minced garlic
2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1 tbsp. cider vinegar
2 packages cheap pork with chicken hotdogs, ground in food processor
Put everything except for hotdogs in a large skillet. Do NOT brown and drain ground beef first. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat into fine crumbles. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Add ground up hotdogs and cook for another 15 minutes. This sauce shouldn’t be runny.
Serve on your favorite hotdogs and buns.
Best as is, but optionally, you can add a sprinkle of chopped onion, shredded cheddar cheese, and/or a squirt of mustard. A favorite use for leftovers is to make Baked Coney Cheese Dogs! YUM!
Happy eating! 😊