James Coney Island Chili

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Kim D.

James Coney Island is a famous hotdog restaurant here in Texas. My family loves their hotdogs and chili, so I found this recipe at copykat.com 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!

Top Review by p00gJr

I love James Coney Island so much, and this chili recipe is even better than what they serve! I made 2 changes because I wanted it to be thick. I used less liquid, I just did the 2 cans of tomatoes blended, 1 can of beef broth, and substituted 1 beer for the water. Also, for the thickening agent, I only used 3/4 cup of water, and about twice as much flour (I used corn meal as well). Again though, it was delicious!!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Chili Ingredients

  • 2 12 lbs chuck steaks (tenderized and diced finely)
  • 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 5 14 cans water
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cans whole tomatoes, with the juice (food process,strain seeds and pulp, measure two cups for Chili, save remainder for another recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 34 teaspoon season salt
  • 14 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 14 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 teaspoon msg (optional)
  • Thickening Agent

  • 5 tablespoons saltine crumbs (finely ground)
  • 4 tablespoons mesa flour
  • 1 -1 14 cup water (use enough water with dry ingredients to mix into a medium thick, smooth sauce)


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

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