Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

vSkyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili} {Sweet Pea's KItchen}

We continue onto Week 4 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! Today I’m bringing you a favorite in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio-Skyline Cheese Coneys. If you’ve never had the privilege of dining at Skyline Chili and having one of their famous Skyline Cheese Coneys, you’re missing out! This coney dog is probably nothing like the coney dogs you’re used to. The chili sauce that tops this coney dog is called Cincinnati Chili and is seasoned with cocoa powder, chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, and oregano.

  vSkyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili} {Sweet Pea's KItchen}
An all-beef hot dog in a steamed bun, with mustard, covered with Cincinnati Chili, diced onions and a mound of shredded cheddar cheese. The chili really is the star of this Cheese Coney. It starts with a warmly-spiced meat sauce that has a touch of chocolate added and it’s slow-simmered to just the right constancy. Not too thick, not too runny. Just perfect!

Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

Yield: Serves 8


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 pounds 85 percent lean ground beef
8 all-beef hot dogs
8 buns
Yellow mustard
1 cup white onion, chopped fine
12 ounces mild cheddar, shredded fine


In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat oil until shimmering. Add onions and cook until soft and browned around edges, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, cocoa powder, salt, pepper, and allspice and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, vinegar, and sugar; stir until combined.
Add beef. Crumble the meat with the edge of a wooden spoon to break apart into tiny pieces so no clumps remain. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until chili is deep brown and slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt. (Chili can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.)
Boil, grill, or microwave the hot dogs until warmed through-out. Serve hot dogs in steamed buns, top with desired amount of chili, mustard, onion and cheese.

Source: adapted from Cook's Country 

vSkyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili} {Sweet Pea's KItchen}

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Week Three: Thick & Chunky Salsa Thick and Chunky Salsa {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}


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7 Responses to “Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}”

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    Barbara — September 21, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    My recipe does not have cocoa powder in it, but a lot do, as yours does. My mom (we were both born in Cincinnati) makes hers without it (and hers is thicker than mine) and calls it Empress Chili, which depending on who you ask, may be the original Cincinnati Chili. My husband eats it every Saturday for lunch and often on a weekday. And he was born in Columbus. I can claim I introduced him to it!

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    Barbara — September 21, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    PS How ’bout those Buckeyes today? 🙂

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    Laura Dembowski — September 24, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    My mom is from Cincinnati and LOVES these coneys. These look just like the ones from Skyline.

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — September 27, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    Oh my goodness this looks so great. I’ve heard of Skyline chili, but I’ve never been to Cincinnati to try it. I love cheese coneys from Sonic, but we don’t have Sonic on my island. I’ve got to try this recipe.

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    Sally — October 3, 2013 @ 6:32 am

    I’m originally from Cincinnati and moved to New Jersey a couple years ago. I’m currently pregnant and have been CRAVING Skyline. I came to your website in search of carrot cake cupcakes and stumbled upon this recipe. So excited to make this soon! Everyone keeps telling me just to order the canned Skyline, but I can’t do it. It’s just not the same as the real thing.

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    Hank Rand — January 22, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    Two questions…

    1). It says “add beef.” Should the beef already be cooked/browned when added, or do we cook/brown it with the other ingredients that are already in there?

    2). After bringing it to a boil and reducing the heat to let it simmer, should it be covered or uncovered during that simmering process?

    I’m an absolute novice in the kitchen but a pro when it comes to enjoying a good Skyline Chili Dog – and there’s nothing I’d like more now that I’m out of Ohio than to make my own any time I want.

    Thanks so much for this recipe, and any help anyone can give me on the two questions above!

    • Christina replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

      Hi Hank,
      When you add the beef to the pan it is still raw. It will fully cook while it simmers (uncovered) on the stove for 15-20 minutes. I really hope you enjoy the recipe. I grew up in Ohio and now live in Illinois so every time I get a craving for Skyline I have to make it myself. 🙂

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