Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

If you have been on the hunt for the most drool-worthy party food, this Skyline Cheese Coney is exactly what you need in your life. You have never bit into a hot dog like this before. Topped with Cincinnati chili and lots of cheese, you are in for a special treat. 

Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

We love watching College Football and eating the most fun food, 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.

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 with a touch of chocolate added, and it’s slow-simmered to just the right constancy. Not too thick, not too runny. Just perfect!

What is A Skyline Cheesy Coney 

It’s one of the best hot dogs you’ll ever eat. It’s traditionally made with hot dogs that have been steamed and placed inside of a bun. Then it’s covered with an insanely good chili, lots of onions, and melty cheese. 

Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

What Makes Cincinnati Chili Different From Other Varieties 

Cincinnati chili has a lovely flavor combination that is complete with cocoa and cinnamon. It’s unique, delicious, and unforgettable. 

How to Store Leftover Chili 

Let the skyline chili cool down to room temperature. Then pour it into a food storage container. It needs to have a tight-fitting lid and can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Additionally, you can freeze this Cincinnati chili recipe by cooling it and placing it in a freezer-safe container or bag. It will last 2-3 months in the freezer. Defrost in the fridge before reheating. 

Reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. 

Best Hot Dogs To Make A Coney 

While you can use any kind of hot dog that you like, we recommend using an all-beef hot dog. Using beef hotdogs gives them a much better flavor, and you won’t be disappointed.

Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

Topping Ideas for Chili Dogs 

Naturally, our favorite toppings for these chili dogs are onions, cheese, and mustard. However, there are other ingredients you can add to your chili dog. Here are a few ideas to try out:

  • Nacho Cheese – Add a little bit of spice and even more amazing flavor! 
  • Jalapenos – Once in a while, we love to add some heat to the chili dogs. 
  • Pickles
  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onions
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Crushed Frito’s – Crush up a few Fritos and sprinkle them on top of the hotdogs before eating. 
  • Salsa
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Ranch Dressing


The unique aromas and flavors of this homemade Skyline Cheese Coney are going to rock your world. They are wonderful for game-nights, parties, or even potluck dinners. 

  • Vegetable oil
  • Chopped onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Tomato paste
  • Chili powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Allspice
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cider vinegar
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Lean ground beef
  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hotdog buns
  • Yellow mustard
  • White onion, chopped 
  • Mild cheddar, shredded

How to Make Skyline Cheese Coney

When you sink your teeth into that first bite of hotdog that’s oozing with hot chili and cheese, you are going to fall in love. I can’t wait to share the directions with you so you can easily make it. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step instructions. 

First Step: Begin by heating up a dutch oven using medium-high heat. Then add the oil to the pan until it is hot and shimmering. Sprinkle in the onions and saute them for around 8 minutes or until they have softened and browned up around the edges. 

Second Step: Mix in the garlic, chili powder, tomato paste, oregano, cocoa powder, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and pepper. Cook for around 1 minute or until it becomes fragrant. 

Third Step: Pour in the chicken broth and stir. Mix in the tomato sauce, vinegar, and sugar and combine. 

Fourth Step: Add in the ground beef. Crumble it using a wooden spoon to make sure that there are no large clumps. Boil the chili, then turn down the heat to a medium-low setting. All the chili time to simmer until it has thickened a little bit, and the color is a deep dark brown. This typically takes around 15-20 minutes. Add a sprinkle or two of salt. 

NOTE: You can refrigerate the chili for up to 3 days, or if you need to freeze, it will last around 2 months. 

Fifth Step: Cook the hotdogs with the method of your choice. We like to boil them, but you can also grill or microwave them until they are hot all the way through. Then place the hot dogs on some hot, freshly steamed buns. Then add some chili, tangy mustard, fresh onions, and shredded cheese.


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Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

Skyline Cheese Coney {Cincinnati Chili}

Yield: 8
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If you have been on the hunt for the most drool-worthy party food, this Skyline Cheese Coney is exactly what you need in your life. You have never bit into a hot dog like this before. Topped with Cincinnati chili and lots of cheese, you are in for a special treat. 


  • 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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2608Total Fat: 141gSaturated Fat: 57gTrans Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 64gCholesterol: 874mgSodium: 2332mgCarbohydrates: 38gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 280g

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