Kids and parents love hot dogs! They are easy and quick for the busy family, and they are ideal for birthday parties and barbecues because they can be made in mass quantities for little cost. However, there’s something about a chili dog, a perfectly grilled hot dog with a heaping of chili on top. Regionally, some variations may switch out bun or hot dog type, making chili dogs unique and delicious. In observance of National Chili Dog Day on July 25, we are sharing our top topping variations from around the U.S. to create the perfect chili dog.
You can’t go wrong with a simple, delicious classic. Add chopped red onions and shredded cheese on top of your dog to create a Michigan chili dog (where the chili dog originated!).
The Texas Dog
Famous from Minute Maid Park in Houston, the Texas dog is topped with chili, cheese and jalapenos. Grab a water cup to counter the spicy jalapeno and chow down!
Head south of the border for a Mexican twist, add avocado (or guacamole), tomatoes, onions, cilantro and bacon to your chili dog. For an extra kick, make some margaritas for mom!
The Carolina Dog, a North Carolina classic, is topped with beef chili, creamy homemade coleslaw and chopped onions. Add whatever else you like, but these three toppings are crucial for the perfect Carolina dog.
While at first your picky-eaters might complain about chili dogs for dinner, one of these variations is sure to appeal to their taste buds and help them fall in love with an American classic. Head to the grocery store for National Chili Dog Day and let the family know it’s chili dog time!
By Morgan Hill