CopyCat Lafayette Coney Island Sauce

Sherry Peyton Recipe

By Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton

20 or so hotdogs
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This is pure nostalgia. This is as close to perfect as it gets. When I worked in Detroit, I ate hundreds of these and there is nothing like it in the world. The Lafayette coney island sauce is unique. When I smelled this, I smiled, when I tasted it, I wept. I would swim in it if it were possible. If you want the Detroit Coney experience, then do make this. It's an odd recipe, but easy and quick. And if you ask for chili fries in Detroit, it will come covered in this sauce. If you like this recipe see others at my website:


1 lb
lean ground beef
3 Tbsp
canola oil
14 oz
chicken stock
4 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
each, chili powder and paprika
1 tsp
each cumin and tumeric
cubes chicken bouillon
6 oz
v-8 juice

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat the oil in a large saute pan and brown the meat in it until no longer pink. Use a potato masher to break it up into very small bits.
In a blender, add all the rest and whirr up for a couple of seconds. Pour into the cooked meat, and heat until it comes to a soft boil and it thickens up.
When done, remove 2 c from the pan and return to blender and puree. Pour back in the pan. You are done. Serve at the table with a ladle.
Proper coney eating etiquette: place two buns on a plate, add a hot dog to each. Ladle about 2-3 tbsp of sauce on each. Throw on a handful of raw diced onions and squiggle some ballpark mustard atop. Grab a fork!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #hotdogs, #ChiliSauce

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jeff L JeffL
Nov 3, 2014
I had read a while back that the real secret in the iniquity of the Lafayette, American and Kirby coney island chili sauce's taste and texture was the use of beef hearts (ground)....not to say that your recipe isn't worth a try though.
J. P. Hazmat35
Jul 16, 2013
I had a family memeber make this exact receipe and they said it was a PERFECT match to the real thing. I myself haven't tried it, but can't wait. my "other half" makes me chili dogs, and she's been trying to get the receipe tweeked herself. I'll give her this, and see how she does.

Has anyone in Orlando, FL ever been to DETROIT JOE's? Went there before it closed...OMG...just like being in downtown Detorit...well not quite, but almost!
LYN OZ Foodzie
Feb 2, 2013
I'm sorry but something major is missing from this recipe. The texture is good but the taste is not close. I grew up in Detroit and wanted so badly to love this recipe.
J. P. Hazmat35
Sep 13, 2012
There are other receipes on here that are "detroit style" coney sauce, and they are way different than this. Some contain "coffee".

I've been a lafayette coney lover for over 40 years!!!!!
Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton
Jun 25, 2012
I worked across from Headquarters and so we had a Greek Coney just a few dozen feet from us. This stuff is so nearly perfect that I will never crave that flavor again. It's so easy to make!