Ft. Wayne Copycat Coney Dog


Ft. Wayne Copycat Coney Dog


This recipe pays tribute to the infamous Coney Island hot dog. Topped with chili and raw onions, this hearty hot dog recipe is so good there's a reason why it's famous. Coming from Krista at Everyday Mom's Meals, make it tonight.


  • For the Chili Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • For the Hot Dogs:
  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • 1 package of hot dog buns
  • onions, diced to taste
  • yellow mustard, to taste


  1. Saute the onions and garlic in butter. Add ground beef and break up until fine. Cook until brown and drain fat.
  2. Combine all other ingredients and mix well. Add to beef mixture. Stir well and heat.
  3. Let simmer for at least an hour. If dries out, add a little water, scrape bottom of pan to get pan drippings off and continue simmering.
  4. Serve on hot dogs in buns with mustard and diced onion.

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This was not even close to Ft Wayne's Coney Island Sauce

I am not sure what recipe this comes from, but it sounds amazing, right? I love the spices you put into the chili. Where I live we have Cincinnati chili. It has cinnamon in it, and I can't eat chili with cinnamon. I can't stand the taste of it. I have tried it several times, but it is not my thing at all. I think this will be much more my taste.

This recipe isn't really close to Ft. Wayne's Coney Island sauce. Different consistency, different color, different flavor. It's a good hot dog chili, but it's not close to Coney Island.

Sorry to say that this recipe doesn't look, smell, or taste like coney island sauce from the original in Fort Wayne. Chef JJ's recipe (search google) is much closer, and I have one that's even closer (if I can find it).

The recipe above is not the recipe I got around 30 years ago. The actual recipe is called a Bavarian black sauce if memory serves. Regardless of the name, the recipe contains a fairly long list of ingredients and very little ground beef.

No they use lard i believe


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