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Drive-In Coney Dog

Posted: June 21

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 14 servings

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From the recipes of Greek immigrants to diner tables the world over, the Drive-In Coney Dog has had a long and storied history... the next chapter of which takes place in your kitchen. The hot dog is as juicy and beefy as ever, slathered in a deeply savory and meaty sauce, almost chili-like in its thickness and flavor. Drive-In Coney Dog is a quick way to shake up your barbeque or cookout, adding a delicious way to beef up (see what we did there) your dinner. Don't forget the cheese for topping!


2 pounds ground chuck, finely ground
2 large onions, finely diced, plus more for topping
4 teaspoons chili powder
red pepper flakes, to taste
2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin, optional
1 (24-ounce) can or jar of tomato sauce, plus more to taste
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
14 hot dogs, cooked
14 hot dog buns, optionally toasted
cheese, optional, shredded, for topping


Step 1

In a saucepan, sauté the ground chuck and onions over medium heat until the meat is browned, about 6-8 minutes.

Step 2

Add the chili powder, red pepper flakes, yellow mustard, cumin, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper.

Step 3

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 30-40 minutes.

Step 4

Place the cooked hot dogs in the buns.

Step 5

Carefully ladle the sauce over the hot dogs in the buns.

Step 6

Sprinkle the meat sauce with the additional onions and cheese.

Step 7


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