A&W Coney Island Chili Sauce




Introduction: A&W Coney Island Chili Sauce

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A&W Coney Island Chili Sauce
(On Sept. 12, 2015, Lloyd sent the recipes that I left behind in 1987, this was one of them). In 1979 this recipe was published in the WXOX Radio Station’s newsletter at Christmas Time.


1 pound ground chuck, uncooked

1 (12 ounces) can Hunt's tomato paste

1 (8 ounces) small can tomato sauce

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 cups water

1 large Spanish onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ tbsp. chili powder

2 tbsp. cumin

2 tsp. salt


Combine all ingredients in a heavy duty saucepan, mix to combine. Over medium heat, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until thick, about 1 – 1½ hours. Stir often to avoid sticking.

(The simmering step can also be done in a crock-pot on low.)

Note: I personally never pre-cook the ground chuck. I simply add all the ingredients at the same time.

An A&W original, an all-beef hot dog topped with our signature meat chili sauce and sweet onions.

1. Bring a 2 qt. saucepan of water to a rolling boil.

2. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add the desired number of Koegel (Koegel’s All-Beef is the brand used at A&W Restaurant’s), frankfurters to the water. Cover and let sit about 10 minutes.

3. After the Koegel franks are done, microwave the meat chili sauce, until steaming.

(Only microwave what you need, saving the rest). Then microwave each hot dog roll 10 seconds... just enough to warm.

Chili Cheese Fries are fries smothered with A&W’s signature meat chili sauce and creamy cheese sauce.

Coney Cheese Dog is a delicious Coney Dog with meat chili sauce, sweet onions plus creamy cheese sauce.

Note: Koegel Products area served: Midwest: Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. You can also order online at http://buykoegels.com/index.php?route=information/..., or call Customer Service Hours Monday thru Friday 9am - 5pm EST Phone: 269-623-4566

The recipe may not sound good to some of you, but oh my; the taste is FANTASTIC!!!!

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    2 years ago

    Well AnnD73 are almost the same age. A&W was my first job when I was 13 years old. We did not have seating and my job was being a car hop. No roller skates as it was a gravel lot. But when I received my first paycheck I was sitting there amazed at everything they had taken out of my pay. I had counted on getting every penny of money I was due. When I asked the owner what SS was and he told me it was for my old age I was aghast. I was 13 and surely I didn't have to start paying for something that was that far away and maybe never get there. That was so far in the future as to be unimaginable. Don't remember what else they took out but that was the one the stuck with me over the years. What has stuck with me is the love I have for the chili dogs with cheese and onions. I'm so glad to have found this recipe and am making it today. Have my all beef Oscar Myer as that's all that available in my small town where I live now. I'll be back to let you know if it hit the mark.


    4 years ago

    I was born and raised in SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, where Koegel Hotdogs call home. There were two A & W drive-ins in our town. Both were owned by the same family, and they carried their insurance through my Dad.I am now 79 years old; my memory only goes back to when I was 3 or 4. Our family frequented the A&W on a regular basis as a "special treat." My Dad's financial records, which he recorded religiously before,during WWII, and after indicates the Coney dogs were fifteen cents each, the root beer was five cents for regular and two cents for a child size (served in a tiny glass mug). The owner, Howard, and his wife managed, cooked, cleaned (it was always spotless,) and served the counter which had four or five stools. They employed one "bell hop" youth who waited on the drive-in customers. Saginaw historical data indicates this A&W was the first and only drive-in in the city. As a teenager in the '50's, it was the place to go on a date. As an adult, I took my children there. I have taken my grand children there. Four generations have frequented Howard's (now deceased), owners have changed, but the Coney recipe is the original. In 2016 while visiting my family in Raleigh, NC, my 17 year old grandson wanted to take me for "...the very best hot dog in the state of North Carolina." It was a Koegel hot dog from Saginaw, Michigan!!! One final remark in reference to the Coney recipe. During WWII, beef, pork, and chicken were at a premium as were many other food products, especially real butter. Because of the scarcity of meat, the ORIGANAL Coney recipe at Howard's A&W was made with ground Bologna rather than a beef product. It was delicious 76 years ago and is still delicious today - cost is $2.90 for a "chili dog with onions and dill pickles on the side." Only Koegel Vienna hot dogs are served. I know this is very wordy; if you read it all the way through, I thank you for your patience. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Saginaw, you will find the A&W Olde Town drive-in on the West side of the city. Be careful of the bees in summer, they swarm the mugs of that sweet, cold root beer!!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I hope you'll give this recipe a try. If you do, be sure to leave myself a comment or two in the section at the bottom of this page and let me know ... Greatly Appreciated, Cyann : - )