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Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

April 2010
Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

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Reader Ben Axelrad, like many Detroiters, was weaned on chili dogs (natives call them Coney Islands), which he calls "the ultimate comfort food." Rachael's take on chili dogs? "When I was in high school, we loved this place called New Way Lunch. They sold Dirty John's Dirt Dogs. These dogs have been a constant inspiration whenever I write a recipe for chili dogs, hot dogs or chili with hot dogs in it."

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 6 ounce can  tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, plus more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 8 beef hot dogs in natural casings
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Wrap the hot dog rolls in foil. In a large skillet, cook the beef, half of the onions and the garlic over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat, until the onions are softened and the meat is cooked though, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water, the tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to medium and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cover the hot dogs with water and bring to a boil. Cook until heated through, about 8 minutes. Place the rolls in the oven and heat through. Place the hot dogs in the rolls and top with the chili, the remaining onions and extra mustard.