Coney-Style Chili Cheese Dogs

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Sometimes you just want a chili cheese dog! While the idea of a chili dog is pretty simple, there are actually quite a few different versions out there. Mostly it comes down to the type of chili and not just the beans vs. no beans debate. I personally prefer a Coney-style chili for my chili cheese dogs. This is much more like a sauce than a traditional chili. Coney-Style Chili Dogs almost always have onions on top and often yellow mustard (our family is not a fan of that though).

Coney-Style Chili Cheese Dogs

These chili dogs are definitely a bit messy to eat – so you might want extra napkins or even a fork and knife. And it’s certainly not a meal you are going to be able to eat daintily. You have to get in a big bite so you can get all the toppings in at once!

Coney-Style Chili Cheese Dogs

For the actual hot dog or sausage, I usually get an all-beef smoked sausage type (think Costco Dog). For cooking them, I typically use our panini press. I never knew people were so particular about how they heat up their hot dogs or even how many different ways to do it. I like the panini press because it heats it through quickly but also keeps the outside crisp so you get that snap when you bite into it.

Coney-Style Chili Cheese Dogs

I like to make some crinkle fries to go with these and add a little of the coney sauce and cheese to them too – it’s so good! My boys can eat two or three of these hot dogs, so I usually make a little extra anyway. Onion rings would also be a great side for this fun dinner idea.

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Coney-Style Chili Cheese Dogs

A quick recipe for coney sauce to be enjoyed on these tasty Chili Cheese Dogs
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheddar cheese, chili cheese dogs, chili dogs, coney sauce, hot dogs, jalapeno, red onion
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 12 All-Beef Hot Dogs
  • 1 Red Onion diced
  • 3 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1 Fresh Jalapeno sliced
  • 12 Hot Dog Buns

For the Coney Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion grated
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 6oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce


  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add oil. Once hot add onions and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes then add ground beef. Cook and crumble until no longer pink and beef is in very small pieces (no chunks).
  • In a mixing bowl, add remaining sauce ingredients and thoroughly combine with a whisk. Once the beef is cooked through, add mixture. Bring just to a bubble, then reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the sauce is simmering, heat up your hot dogs using your preferred method.
  • Once the sauce is to your desired consistency (it thickens the longer is cooks), build your chili dogs. Place a hot dog in the bun, spoon coney sauce over the top and sprinkle with cheese, red onions and jalapenos.

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6 thoughts on “Coney-Style Chili Cheese Dogs

  1. Maria – United States – Maria is a full-time blogger and graphic designer. She's has a love of planning, journaling, and making printables. She also loves to read, do puzzles, and scrapbook in her spare time.
    Maria Bonacci says:

    These look so good Estelle! We might have to have them for dinner tonight

  2. Looks so interesting, I haven’t tried garnishing hot dogs with such toppings.
    Visiting from Esme’s today.
    Blessings, Jennifer

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