I have never found a coney sauce recipe that I absolutely loved, until now!  Most of the recipes that I tried in the past were too sweet for my taste. But after several trials of combining various ingredients together, I have found the perfect sauce to put on top of not only our hot dogs, but over french fries as well. 

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A big batch of garden chili slow cooking over an open flame in our fire pit

As the weather begins to cool down, we tend to spend more time at the fire pit with family and friends. This includes having several Weiner roasts and chili cook-off meals over the fire.  We just throw the coney sauce in a crock-pot to keep warm and we have a thick and hearty meal. Of course, I prefer to top my coney dog off with a few diced onions, candied jalapenos and of course, shredded sharp cheddar cheese! 

And next time you go to make fresh cut french fries, add the coney sauce and cheese on top for an extra special treat that your family will love!

Coney Sauce Recipe 

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Coney sauce simmering over the stove. photo…warren price photography


1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Coney sauce spread out over hot dogs. photo...scruggelgree
Coney sauce spread out over hot dogs. photo…scruggelgree


1. Brown ground beef in a skillet, adding onions halfway through.

2. Add minced garlic when meat is almost done browning.

3. Add remaining ingredients; stir well to combine.

4. Simmer over low heat 15 minutes.

Serve over hot dogs or french fries, topping with shredded sharp cheddar cheese if desired.


Mary and Jim

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Coney Sauce Recipe For Hot Dogs or Fries

5 thoughts on “Coney Sauce Recipe For Hot Dogs or Fries

  • October 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Greg… No, I have never canned this recipe – it never lasts that long! 🙂 We usually freeze our batches. If you check with your extension office, they might have an USDA approved recipe. Jim and Mary

  • October 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Have you ever canned this recipe?

  • October 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    IN TEXAS, It’s called “Wolf brand chili”….. just hard to bet straight out of the can…..but keep up the good work!!!

  • October 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I read your recipe with great interest since I’ve been making my Mother’s recipe for coney sauce for the past 50+ years. Our recipes are very similar with one ingredient difference although the ingredient appears in your pictures and that is the chile beans or kidney beans. I don’t know what you use but I use a well known brand of chile beans rather than tomato paste and I use Original V-8 vegetable juice to adjust the consistency. I also grow, dehydrate, grind and mix my own Chili powder.

  • October 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Can this recipe be frozen??

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