Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs are the perfect snack for summer, game day or just a leisurely weekday dinner! Hot dogs topped with chili sauce, mustard, onions and sometimes cheese are simple to whip up in minutes.
Course: Dinner, lunch
Keyword: coney island hot dog, hot dog, hot dog chili
For the Chili Sauce:
1poundlean ground beef
4ouncessweet Italian sausagecasing removed
1cupchopped sweet onion
1/2teaspoonground cayenne pepper
1 15ouncecan tomato sauce
1tablespooninstant espresso powder
1tablespoonapple cider vinegar
salt and pepperto taste
For the Hot Dogs:
8all-beef Hot Dogsboiled or grilled
8Hot Dog Bunstoasted
1cupgrated cheddar cheeseoptional
For the Chili Sauce:
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the ground beef and sausage to the pot breaking it up into small pieces with a fork. The smaller the pieces, the better your chili will be!
Continue cooking the meat until browned and no longer pink, approximately 7-8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat from the pot and transfer to a large bowl. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of fat.
Add the onion to the pot with the reserved fat. Cook the onion for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika and tomato paste to the onion mixture stirring to combine. Continue to cook the onions until the tomato paste turns a deep Burgundy color, approximately 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, espresso powder and vinegar. Return the beef and sausage back to the pot and stir to combine.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Check for seasoning again adding salt and pepper, if necessary.
Toast the hot dog buns under the broiler or on a grill.
Add the hot dog to the bun and spoon the chili sauce across the top.
Top with mustard, a sprinkle of onion and cheese.
Hot Dog Chili Sauce can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat before serving.