Detroit Chili Dogs

"Authentic recipe from Detroit Coney Islands. This is a restaurant size portion also, so there will be plenty of leftovers (it freezes quite well). And yes, cow heart is actually an ingredient. It is in all of Coney's recipes in Detroit. Just talk to a butcher about getting the cow heart and they will be able to provide it for you."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Preheat very large pot with 1 cup of lard
  • Simmer 5 lbs of ground round and 1/2 lb cow heart ground fine on medium heat until it separates and turns just brown. This mixture must be stirred regularly and mashed during process to create a kind of rough paste.
  • In a cast iron skillet put 6 tablespoons of butter and melt it then add 6 tablespoons of flour and make a light brown roux and set aside.
  • Cut 3 tomatoes in half and roast in a 450°F oven with a little vegetable oil on top until completely cooked and starting to turn into mush with a slight browning taking place. Set these aside.
  • Add 32 ounces of chicken stock to meat simmer for 20 minutes at a slight boil then add roux, cooked tomatoes, 3 tablespoons chili powder,4 table spoons paprika,1/3 cup Plochmans yellow mustard,2 tablespoons turmeric, 2 tablespoons cumin powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon onion powder.
  • Simmer this down to the proper consistency.

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  1. If you are from Detroit, ever eaten a Coney Island in Detroit, you know the coney sauce is unique. This is it. An hour after dinner and the family is still talking how it is dead on to the local coneys we frequent. I found the beef heart easy enough at an ethnic meat market, and my food processor ground it perfectly . I imagine the butcher could grind if for you you feel squeamish Don't skimp and get the mystery meat hot dogs. A Detroiter will tell you natural casing dogs are a must, and add to the coney experience. It is also killer on french fries, or Coney Fries as we call them, Cheese sauce is optional on your Coney Fries. :) Last thing, Have freezer bags on hand, or halve the recipe. It freezes well and reheats perfectly. I hope Gus at my Coney Island won't miss me
  2. cow heart schmow heart! you'll think you are actually in the D. Delish!


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