If you like a little spice with your hot dog, National Chili Dog Day is sure to make you hungry.
What’s not to like about this tasty, classic combination of a soft white bun, a standard hot dog, and chili sauce?
- Who started making chili dogs?
- When is National chili dog day?
- Chili dog variations across the United States
- What is the best chili for hot dogs?
- Is there anything special you can do for Chili Dog Day?
- Happy National Chili Dog Day 2023!
Who started making chili dogs?
This is the most important question.
No one can really agree on who came up with the chili dog or where it came from. Some people say it was made in the chili capital, Texas, while others say it was made at Art’s Famous Chili Dog Stand in southern Los Angeles.
There are a few other ideas, but these are the two most common ones. Some people say that chili dogs were created in New York at a baseball game.
Even more confusing is the fact that there is a lot of disagreement about where chili sauce came from.
When is National chili dog day?
National Chili Dog Day is always on the last Thursday of July. In 2023, that will be July 27.
Chili dog variations across the United States
In the United States, there are many different ways to make a chili dog. So let’s look at a few of them:
Coney Island Hot Dog
People in southeastern Michigan like to eat Coney Island hot dogs. It is a German sausage made in the European way. It has a natural sheep or lamb casing and is topped with a sauce made from beef heart. Greek and Macedonian people who moved to the area built it. There are different styles for Jackson, Flint, and Detroit, among other places.
A half-smoke in Washington, D.C. is similar to a hot dog, but it’s usually bigger and hotter. The meat is ground less finely and is usually a mix of half beef and half pork. This meat is grilled and served with chili sauce, onion, and herbs.
Carolina-Style Hot Dog
In North Carolina, onions, chili, slaw, or mustard are used to top hot dogs.
Cheese Coney Hot Dog: In Greater Cincinnati, Coney Islands (without the cheese) or Cheese Coneys are hot dogs in buns with cheese, mustard, onions, and Cincinnati chili, which is a meat sauce with Greek roots.
Michigan Hot Dog
In the North Country of New York State, a “Michigan” or “Michigan hot dog” is a steamed hot dog served on a steamed bun with a fatty sauce called “Michigan sauce” on top.
The New York System wiener, also called a “hot wiener,” is a popular food in Rhode Island. In its original form, this is a thin, small hot dog made of pork and veal, which gives it a different flavor than a typical beef hot dog. This is served in a steamed bun with a seasoned meat sauce, cut onions, yellow mustard, and celery salt on top.
A Texas chili dog, Texas Wiener, or Texas hot dog is a hot dog eaten with hot sauce or chili sauce in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It goes well with a number of different sauces. This chili hot dog was made by Peter “George” Koufougeorgas in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1918. The spicy sauce on the hot dogs makes them sound like they’re from Texas. People think of it as a unique area style of hot dog.
What is the best chili for hot dogs?
These top options for best hot dog chili will leave you with a full stomach and a huge grin, whether you prefer canned chili or to cook it yourself.
Is there anything special you can do for Chili Dog Day?
There are a lot of ways to honor Chili Dog Day.
Why not make a homemade chili dog? We agree; it will take some work, but the results will be well worth it. You and your pals may prepare your own chili dogs from scratch.
Don’t worry if the idea of creating your own chili dog doesn’t appeal to you. The good news is that they are widely available for purchase. Get yourself to a food truck or place an order for one online.
You could also make a day of it and buy chili dogs at an amusement park.
Happy National Chili Dog Day 2023!
You now know everything there is to know about Chili Dog Day!
Chili dogs are an American institution, and if you’re a fan of them, you have every reason to indulge in one (or two) on Chili Dog Day. Not that we require an excuse to indulge in this delicious treat.