Coney Island Sauce - Flint Style

"This is exactly like the Coney Sauce my husband grew up eating in the Flint, MI area."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Do not precook hamburger.
  • Combine all ingredients in 2 quart.
  • saucepan.
  • Cover and cook on medium heat for 1 hour.
  • Stir occasionally, blot to remove excess fat and liquid.
  • Serve over cooked hot dogs.

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  1. guys....what most of these recipes miss...and it's a big that the chili recipe is of Greek immigrant origin and therefore has some Mediterranean spices in that they almost never include. Mainly we're talking about cinnamon and cloves. Small amounts (especially cloves which are very strong) but they have to be in there none-the-less. Without those it's just regular ground beef chili.
  2. Very good! We are from Detroit and I have to say it is very close to the coney island sauce at the local coney islands. My husband hates when I use leftover sloppy joe meet and call it "coney" sauce so I made a batch of this and froze it in separate containers to get out whenever we have hotdogs.
  3. I made a half recipe of this. It didn't seem spicy enough for me so I might add some more chili powder to the leftovers. The texture, however, was perfect and the method was more or less hassle free. I'd suggest simmering over low heat after a few minutes on medium heat as I nearly burnt the sauce only 15minutes into the cooking time.
  4. Not bad, just not that much like Detroit coney chili. The authentic stuff is now available for ordering online.
  5. We are also from Detroit and crave the occasional "coney". But they dont have them like this ANYWHERE else!!! This recipe is awesome, my entire family loves it! This as close to the real thing as you can get. I would love to freeze leftovers for future use but there arent any leftovers. I make a crock pot full and its gone in no time. We eat this on hot dogs, on a hamburger bun with cheese(remember the chi-chi burger?) or in a bowl topped with onions and cheese. THANK YOU!!!


  1. Instant Pot directions: Mix the raw hamburger and all other ingredients in Instant Pot. Set on Manual for 20 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes. Remove lid, blot grease, then use potato masher to break up clumps.


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