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Detroit Style Coney Dogs l SimplyScratch.com

Detroit-Style Coney Dogs

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Essentially Detroit style coney dogs consist of a steamed hotdog with a natural casing nestled into a soft bun and is topped with seasoned (no-bean) beef chili, yellow mustard and finely diced white onion. Yields 8 coney dogs in about 40 minutes.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, chili, coney dogs, Detroit-style, hot dogs, mustard, no-bean chili, onions
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 450
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • tablespoons chili powder
  • teaspoons kosher salt more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 small pinches sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato puree not tomato sauce
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons yellow prepared mustard or to taste - I use 4 Tbsp
  • 8 hotdogs with natural casing see notes
  • 8 hotdog buns
  • yellow mustard for serving
  • finely diced white onion for serving


  • Place the ground beef, onion and garlic into a medium pot or dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat into very small crumbles.
  • Once the meat is fully cooked (do not drain off fat) add in the spices, sugar, tomato puree and mustard and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Then uncover, stir and simmer for an additional 10 minutes to thicken the chili.
  • Prepare the eight hot dogs until warmed through-out. Serve the hot dogs in warm hotdog buns and top with desired amount of chili, yellow mustard and minced white onion.


I used Koegel's hotdogs which is a Michigan based company, but you can use your favorite. Just as long as it's a hotdog with a natural casing.


Serving: 1coney dog | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1253mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 806IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 5mg