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A classic chili dog – a beef hot dog on a bun, topped with a beef chili, onions and mustard.

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Pregnancy cravings are a funny thing. And a very real thing. I’m lucky that I’ve never had the horribly crazy I-have-to-have-ice-cream-right-now-even-though-it’s-midnight kind of cravings, but when I get something in my head, it is most of the time really hard to get rid of until I have it. And let’s just say that I’m lucky that there isn’t a Sonic right around the corner from me lately, because I had a major hankering for a chili dog that wouldn’t be satisfied until I had one in my belly.

So what do I do? Of course we had chili dogs for dinner one night!! I went to my girl, Rachael Ray, and of course she had a recipe. These were super simple to throw together. I do have to admit, though, I was a little worried about the chili at first. Mine was super thick, so I ended up adding about twice as much water as the recipe called for. And when I first tasted it when it was done, it was just…. ok. But then I added some salt and pepper, and all of a sudden, it was transformed. (Isn’t it amazing what a little salt and pepper can do??) And combined with the hot dog, cheese, onions and mustard – let’s just say I was a very happy girl that night.

And don’t worry – I have more pregnancy cravings coming your way. It’s part of the fun of being pregnant, right?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Coney Island Hot Dogs
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A classic chili dog - a beef hot dog on a bun, topped with a beef chili, onions and mustard.
Serves: 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, plus more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 beef hot dogs
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Wrap the hot dog buns in foil.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef, half of the onion and the garlic until the beef is cooked through, breaking up as you cook. Stir in the chili powder and cumin and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of water, the tomato paste, mustard, worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Cook until thickened, about 20 minutes. If the chili becomes too thick, add more water. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, put the hot dogs in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until the hot dogs are heated through, about 8 minutes. Place the buns in the oven and cook until heated through
  4. Place the hot dogs in the buns and top with the chili. Top with cheese if desired, then the remaining onions and mustard.
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  6. slightly adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray April 2010

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15 Responses to Coney Island Hot Dogs {Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. Aggie says:

    Ok seriously, I can’t resist a chili dog. I sometimes wish I was pregnant again just so I can enjoy the cravings to their fullest ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looks delicious and you can always count on RR!

  2. Bev Weidner says:

    I LOVE coney dogs! Now I might need to make them again, but your way! Looks. so. good.

    And thank you for the linkage lovage. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Karly says:

    I’m the weiro that eats a fully loaded hot dog minus the actual hot dog. Those things creep me out, man.

    This looks like it would be a fabulous hot dog minus the hot dog recipe. Yum!

    • Deborah says:

      @Karly, that seriously cracks me up! I have never heard of anyone eating a hot dog minus the dog, but you are right – this would be the perfect one if you are planning on skipping the dog!

  4. I’m so glad you were craving this! I’ve always wanted to try homemade chili dogs!

  5. Joanne says:

    I’m actually really excited (and kind of scared) to someday have pregnancy cravings! I find them fascinating.

  6. Cassie says:

    I’m not pregnant, yet I sometimes crave a chili dog. There is just something about that chilli and cheese combo piled on top of a hot dog. Love this!

  7. Donna says:

    I havent had one of these babies for years! Must put this on my “Must Try” list for summer!

  8. grace says:

    a CHEESE coney, that’s what i want. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Chels R. says:

    Ya know, this past Sunday, our church has a snack bar that my sister runs and they serve hot dogs, drinks, nachos, and pretzels, etc. During the middle of our church service, all of a sudden the waft of hot dogs overwhelmed me and I was drooling. I couldn’t stop sniffing the air. So Josh leaned over to my sister whom I was sitting next to and told her to save me one, in case I didn’t make it to the snack bar in time (because those hot dogs go fast) let me tell you- IT WAS THE BEST HOT DOG EVER!!! I love chili dogs too though. My dad used to make chili dogs with a side of Kraft Mac and Cheese when I was little and it was my turn to be with him. I loved those lunches! Okay, now I’m hungry ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Guilty pleasure, but I don’t think I would turn these down.

  11. Um….. you’re only supposed to get crazy food cravings when your pregnant??? I must have missed that memo!

  12. Ukulele Kris says:

    See, I love watching American food programmes like Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, and Man V Food.

    And it makes me crave classic American foods like this, so much.

    I want to try kettle corn, and corn dogs, and chilli dogs.

    …One day I will have my own bar, doing awesome food like this in the UK

  13. Well, you already know that I love a good chili dog! Thanks for including my post, and looking forward to exploring the other fabulous recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Bob says:

    Okay folks, I suggest you try this some time. To this Coney sauce recipe, which is not chili BTW, add 1 tbs turmeric and 1 or 2 tsp balsamic vinegar. Chop up a hot dog and put it in a blender with about 1/3 of the meat sauce. Whiz it up until smooth, adding some water if needed and stir the blended mixture back into the remaining meat sauce. This will give your Coney sauce a much more interesting flavor and texture. Lastly, assembly of a Coney Island is usually bun, mustard, hot dog, Coney sauce, cheese, onions.

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