Just started my Detroit Sauce Snooping and found this... Amazingly they mention beef hearts... http://www.chaski.com/wwwboards/food.oct/messages/8972.html
Posted by Denise on September 21, 2000 at 18:04:04:
In Reply to: Detroit Coney Sauce posted by Deb on September 16, 2000 at 17:50:18:
: I am out West for awhile and am missing the terrific Coney Islands we were able to get in the Detroit area. Anyone have a "secret" recipe?
Deb, Hope your ready for this one. Straight from the Motor City to you. Twenty three years in walking distance to Georges'Famous Coney Island on Michigan Avenue. Of course George did not give up his receipe, but this one is close.
2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 quart water (boiling)
4 small onions, minced
4 teaspoons chili powder
2 small whole red peppers (or 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons cumin
5 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 8 ounce can tomato paste
Add raw beef to boiling water and stir until beef separates to a fine texture. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and simmer uncovered for at least 3 hours. Last hour, pan may be covered after desired consistency is reached. Take out bay leaves and red peppers. Chili can be made in advance and refrigerated in order to lift fat from top before reheating.
That full bodied flavor in most Detroit Coney chili comes from beef heart. Experiment with different ratios of ground beef to ground beef heart until you find the one you like best.
Here's another one I found using beef heart:
Original Coney Island Sauce
1 tablespoon Butter
1 tablespoon Margarine
1 1/2 pounds Ground beef
2 medium Onions, minced
1 clove Garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons Chili powder
1 tablespoon Yellow mustard
6 ounces Tomato paste
6 ounces Water
1 Beef heart, cooked and ground
4 Hot dogs, ground
~ Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon Green olives, crushed
Combine all ingredients except hot dogsand cook until thick.
Do NOT brown the beef first.
Add the hot dogs and cook 15 minutes longer.
If the sauce is too thin, add some crumbled soda crackers.