Chili dogs, funnel cakes, fried bread, majorly greasy pizza, candy apples, ye gods. Evil food smells amazing.
– Jim Butcher
There’s something about the smell of a chili dog that is just amazing, the rich mixture of traditional hot dog with a hearty dollop of chili on top just means the day got that much better. You can find them at fairs, or along the Boulevard, you can find them along the street in major cities everywhere, or even just being prepared in your own kitchen. The only thing better than a chili dog? A chili dog buried under a mountain of melting cheese, because bad things make a great thing better.
History of Chili Dog Day
The History of Chili Dog Day is the mysterious rise of the Chili Dog. They have names that vary depending on which region of the country (world?) you find them in. In America alone they have the Texas Weiner, also known as the Texas Tommy, the Texas Hot, or just plain Texas Chili Dog. Ironically, all of these are from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In Michigan they have something simply called the “Michigan Hot Dog”, which is a steamed hot dog and bun with a meat sauce called “Michigan sauce”.
Perhaps you prefer something with a style all its own, like the Half-Smoke. Found in Washington D.C. it’s made with a larger, spicier hotdog filled with coarsely ground pork and beef. It’s then smoked, served with herbs, onion, and chili sauce, and is really an experience unique to the area. Needless to say, the Chili Dog is so popular that it has limitless iterations. Chili Dog Day is your opportunity to try your favorite style, and maybe even expand your palette with a few styles yet unfamiliar to you.
How To Celebrate Chili Dog Day
Chili Dog Day requires Chili Dogs! It doesn’t get much simpler than that! Get yourself out into the world and get all you need to make your very own. You can even gather together with your friends for a day and have them bring their favorite chili dog recipes and ingredients. If you’re feeling truly adventurous this won’t end at the grocery store, but will involve making up your very own chili in your own style. Who knows, maybe your chili dog will be the next one that everyone wants to try? Chili Dog Day is your opportunity to find out!