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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Chili Dog Day

STOP!!! Don't let the day go yet... today is the last Thursday of July and that means that it is National Chili Dog Day.  One of my favorite all time family pleasing meals is chili dogs. Why you may ask because no longer is the choice between what to eat occuring. You have 2 great dishes that of hotdogs or chili or both together. Perhaps you understand where I am coming from.

Say it ain't so.... you have no idea what a chili dog is??? Well let me try to fix that issue for you. A chili dog is a hot dog that is served in a bun and topped with a meat sauce commonly known as chili. At times the sandwich may be topped with other ingredients like cheese, onions and mustard depending on where it is that enjoying that chili dog. 

  • A "Texas Dog" or "Texas Chili Dog" is a bit deceiing as it does not come from Texas but rather is popular up around New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Prior to 1920 the Texas hot dog became popular because of the chili sauce that it was topped with. 
  • Another sytle of hotdog that became a bit lost in location is the Coney Island dog. Invented in Southeastern Michigan 

1 pound lean ground beef
1 (15oz) can chili beans
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
4 hot dogs cut into small bites
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
1 (32oz) package tater tots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish, set aside.
CHILI: Brown ground beef until no longer pink. Drain completely. Add in chili beans, tomato sauce, hot dogs and seasonings. Stir to combine.
ASSEMBLY: Spoon chili into prepared dish. Sprinkle chopped onions on top then sprinkle 2 cups cheddar on top. Arrange tater tots on top of the cheddar (the whole package may not be used). Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes just to melt the cheese.

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