Copycat A&W Chili Dogs

Now you can make your very own A&W Chili Dogs with this super easy Copycat recipe. A great topping for your hot dogs.

copycat a&w chili hot dogs

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!

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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!

chili ingredients

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.

copycat a&w chili hot dogs

A&W usually serves their hot dogs with chopped white onions and some shredded cheese on top of the chili.

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.

copycat a&w chili hot dogs

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).

copycat a&w chili hot dogs

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.

copycat a&w chili hot dogs

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.

  1. In a skillet, cook the ground beef till no longer pink. Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. Cook the hot dogs using your preferred method.
  4. Serve the hot dogs in a bun topped with the chili sauce, cheese, and onions.

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Printable Recipe Card

Copycat A&W Chili Dogs

Copycat A&W Chili Dogs

Now you can make your very own A&W Chili Dogs with this super easy Copycat recipe. A great topping for your hot dogs.
4.44 from 23 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Burgers & Hot Dogs
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Hot Dogs
Calories 403 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

Coney Island Sauce
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Dried Onion
  • 2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ Tsp Celery Seed
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Cup Water
Hot Dogs
  • 8 Hot Dogs
  • 8 Hot Dog Buns
  • 1 Cup White Onion, diced
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Recipe Video

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 26gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1148mgPotassium: 603mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 619IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 199mgIron: 5mg

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Tom says:

    Very close chili sauce to A&W’s. Do you have the copy cat recipe to their red sauce, also for hot dogs?

  2. Rachel says:

    This Copycat A&W Chili Dogs are to die for. So like the real thing. My family and I love chili dogs so I wanted to make these to surprise them. They all loved them.

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