Coney Island Sauce Recipe

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We were going to make Coney dogs, but decided we wanted something a little different. For our family Coney Dogs basically has consisted of canned Chile on a hot dog with chopped onions. I decided to give this Recipe a try. During the spring and summer months I like to use the grill as much as possible; so I decided to grill the hotdogs. This recipe was a pleasant change and the whole family enjoyed this version of Coney Dogs. There is not a lot of prep time and you can grill the hot dogs while the sauce is simmering.


5.0 from 2 reviews
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Serves: 4
  • 1 pound ground chuck or lean ground beef.
  • 1 onion (chopped )
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  1. In a large skilled brown the ground meat and onions till the burger is crumbly.
  2. Add and mix in prepared mustard, cider vinegar, sugar, water, Worcestershire Sauce, celery seeds, hot sauce and ketchup and simmer on low heat 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Top Hot Dogs with sauce, shredded cheddar and chopped onions.
  4. Enjoy
Nutrition Information
Calories: 173

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  1. My husband and I both loved this. I omitted the celery seed & hot sauce and we think it’s the best hot dog sauce ever. 5 stars.

  2. I have been looking and experimenting trying to find the ‘right’ coney island sauce. My Mother worked at Newberry’s back in the 50’s and 60’s and they had the ‘best’ Coney Island Hot Dogs I’ve ever had. I remember that she said they made their own Sauce, but of course I never even thought to ask her how she made it….I’m so excited to make this and see if it’s what I’ve been looking for. Thank you….

  3. One of the favorite memories of my childhood was an infrequent visit to a little café downtown called “Coney Island”. Those dogs were the best! Through the years I have learned to not even order what is now called Coney Dog on menus in hopes of finding that wonderful flavor. What one now gets is a hot dog with a ladle of canned chili on top. NOT even close! But thanks to you, I can now relive that wonderful, satisfying flavor from my memories! This recipe is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  4. This is a terrific recipe. I’ve been making my hot dog sauce this way for years, also using very lean ground beef. I usually just ‘eyeball’ the other ingredients while I’m adding them to the pot. Since I usually make an enoumous pot using 4 lbs. of very lean meat- the sauce sometimes needs to be thinned out a bit, so I add some very strong black coffee to it, but you can probably just add a Tbsp. or so of instant coffee granuals to the pot instead. You’d be surprised at the delicious flavor the coffee gives the sauce. Also, I add a little cumin and a couple of sprinkles of garlic powder.

  5. The amounts for the celery seeds, hot sauce and Catsup are omitted.

  6. We made some changes and some how that was missed. Thanks for drawing my attention to this – amounts added in.

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