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.
Then add the beef and continue to cook until the meat is fully 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.
Pour the mixture back into the pot. Then add the remaining two cups of water. Pour in the remaining ingredients including the salt.
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.
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.
Also try a dog with a little fresh onion, a squirt of mustard and then top with chili. Amazing!
This chili was fantastic. I at about 6 cups of it in two days.
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.