Homemade Coney Sauce

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a messy, drip down-your-arm cheese-laden coney dog. Coney dogs, along with swirl ice cream cones, conjure up memories of childhood summers for me. This is an easy recipe you can make at home and well, I think it makes it a little healthier for you than the canned versions you buy in the stores.

In order to get the fine hamburger texture that you find in most restaurants and canned sauces, you can either chop the hamburger real fine with a spatula or fork as your browning it. Or you can do what I did, which was to use a handheld immersion blender once I added the tomato sauce and remaining ingredients and just lightly blended it until the meat was the texture I wanted. Another option is the trick they use in some coney island restaurants to make the sauce smooth: put the ground beef in a bowl of water in the refrigerator for several hours. When you brown it, the excess water will cook off and you’ll have a much finer texture.



1 pound ground beef (I used organic beef)

1/2 onion chopped

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

1 cup water

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon worcestershire

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (can add more if desired)

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


1. Place the ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until beef is browned and break up the meat with a fork or spatula until fine. Note: you can drain a little if there is a lot of fat but I used a 90% lean beef and didn’t drain it as there was little fat.

2. Stir in the tomato paste, water, and remaining ingredients. Then simmer on low for 30 minutes or longer. The longer you simmer it, the better it tastes.

Well hello beautiful….


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