I woke up hungry for a chili dog.  Not just any chili dog, a Coney Island style chili dog.  You know, the one with the chili that is all meat and very finely chopped.  Almost resembles a sloppy joe if it were not for that spicy kick.  So I went on a quest for the recipe.  Did I find it, nope.  Did I come close to recreating it.  I think so. The key was to get the meat the right consistency.  Then the spices were the only other ingredient.  How hard could that be.  Well it took a little time, but I found a great chili recipe.

Coney Island Style Hot Dog Chili

  • 2 pounds ground beef (80/20)
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 small can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 4 tbs hot chili powder
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups water

Place a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add 2 tbs of vegetable oil and then add the chopped onions. Season with a pinch of salt and cook until the onions turn translucent.

Getting Translucent

Then add the beef and continue to cook until the meat is fully browned.

Meat browned

Then remove 80-90% of the meat to a blender or food processor.  Add two cups of water and blend quickly for 4-5 pulses.   If you want the chili to have no lumps at all, blend all of the meat.

Will it blend

Pour the mixture back into the pot.  Then add the remaining two cups of water.  Pour in the remaining ingredients including the salt.

Mix in the spices

Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 2-3 hours before serving.  As you can see from this picture and the one above, the chili really starts to thicken and cook down.

Chili cooked down and ready to eat

Serve it over macaroni or top your favorite hot dog for an amazing chili dog.  I like to fry up some dogs and then cover them in chili and cheese.

Fry up some dogs

Also try a dog with a little fresh onion, a squirt of mustard and then top with chili.   Amazing!

The Chili Dog

This chili was fantastic.  I at about 6 cups of it in two days.

Chili Cheese Dog

Doesn’t seem like much, but when you realize that I only at it on hot dogs, it was a lot of food.  I also added this chili to a box of macaroni and cheese for some amazing cheesy chili mac.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. I have been looking for the perfect hot dog chili and texture is a big component to that. I've always just tried to break up the meat while browning. It looks like your blender idea is the step I've been missing.

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