Probably one of the most popular items on A&W's menu is their Chili Dogs. Now you can make them at home with this copycat recipe. The Coney Island Sauce used for this Copycat A&W Chili Dogs recipe is out of this world!
The Coney Island Sauce is basically a recipe for Chili Sauce for Hot Dogs. Similar to my Easy Cincinnati Chili recipe and my other Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce recipe. The bottom line is if you like chili sauce on your dogs this recipe is for you!
🌭 Cooking Hot Dogs
I'm sure most of you don't bother with this but to ensure that your Hot Dog is properly cooked, the internal temperature should be at least 140°F. Easily checked with a digital thermometer.
A&W usually serve their hot dogs with chopped white onions and some shredded cheese on top of the chili.
⭐ Copycat Rating
Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it's only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 9 out of 10 in my opinion.
Feel free to leave those out if you or your guests don't want them. The star of the show here is the chili topping (aka Coney Island Sauce).
If you are not familiar with A&W, they started serving its famous root beer back in 1919 in Lodi, California. A&W is the first American chain restaurant to reach the 100-year milestone.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Copycat Chili Dogs recipe from A&W (see recipe card for quantities): Lean Ground Beef, Tomato Paste, White Sugar, Yellow Mustard, Minced Dried Onion, Chili Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Celery Seed, Ground Cumin, Ground Black Pepper, Water, Hot Dogs, Buns, White Onion and Cheddar Cheese.
🥣 How to make A&W Chili Dogs
In a skillet, cook the ground beef till no longer pink. Season the meat with salt and pepper.
Add all the remaining ingredients to the meat mixture. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes.
Cook the hot dogs using your preferred method.
Serve the hot dogs in a bun topped with the chili sauce, cheese, and onions.
Copycat A&W Chili Dogs
Coney Island Sauce
- 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 6 oz Tomato Paste
- 1 tablespoon White Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Minced Dried Onion
- 2 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ teaspoon Celery Seed
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 Cup Water
- 8 Hot Dogs
- 8 Hot Dog Buns
- 1 Cup White Onion, diced
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- In a skillet, cook the ground beef till no longer pink. Season the meat with salt and pepper.
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the meat mixture. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes.
- Cook the hot dogs using your preferred method.
- Serve the hot dogs in a bun topped with the chili sauce, cheese, and onions.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.