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    James Coney Island Chili

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    55 mins

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    45 mins

    Kim D.'s Note:

    James Coney Island is a famous hotdog restaurant here in Texas. My family loves their hotdogs and chili, so I found this recipe at to try and re-create their chili at home. While I don't think it is the exact recipe, I do think it comes pretty close!

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    Chili Ingredients

    Thickening Agent

    • 5 tablespoons saltine crumbs (finely ground)
    • 4 tablespoons mesa flour
    • 1 -1 1/4 cup water (use enough water with dry ingredients to mix into a medium thick, smooth sauce)


    1. 1
      Brown meat in a dutch oven.
    2. 2
      Add remaining ingredients for chili.
    3. 3
      Simmer for 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Combine ingredients for thickening agent and add to chili.
    5. 5
      Cook until thickened.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 06, 2014


      We made this on July 4th---it was great! James Coney Island is one of our favorite fast food restaurants in Houston and we were pleased to find this recipe. We put the meat in the food processor and used regular flour as was suggested by reviewers. I think that the grinding of the steak makes a big difference in the taste and is worth the little extra effort. Thanks for posting!

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    • on October 21, 2008

      Great recipe. Followed it exactly with the exception of the masa flour. I substituted cornmeal for the masa and it provided the right texture and the taste was spot on. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

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    • on August 01, 2008


      This recipe is great! However, there are a couple of problems I had; Mainly, the cooking time. If you're going to use diced steak (Which you should!), it needs to cook WAY longer than 30 minutes. More like two hours, possible three. The thing about JCI's chili is that it's made with cubed meat that's been cooked until it falls apart, but there's still a bigger chunk here or there. 30 minutes simply doesn't cut it for that. The only other problem I had was the masa flour; It makes it taste a little strange, as mentioned in another review. Thankfully I only made a test batch with the masa, so I used regular flour in the real batch. Worked like a charm, no funky taste.

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    Nutritional Facts for James Coney Island Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (761 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 678.3
    Calories from Fat 437
    Total Fat 48.6 g
    Saturated Fat 16.4 g
    Cholesterol 131.4 mg
    Sodium 962.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
    Sugars 7.9 g
    Protein 41.2 g

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    chuck steaks

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