One of America’s Favorites – Chili Dog

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A chili-cheese dog with fries

Chili dog is the generic name for a hot dog served in a bun and topped with some sort of meat sauce, such as chili con carne. Often other toppings are also added, such as cheese, onions, and mustard. The style has multiple regional variations in the United States, many calling for specific and unique sauce ingredients, types of hot dogs, or types of buns and referred to regionally under region-specific names.

Texas weiner
In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the “Texas hot dog”, “Texas chili dog.” “Texas hot’,” or “Texas wiener” is a hot dog with chili or hot sauce; it is served in variations with assorted condiments. The Texas wiener was created in Paterson, New Jersey, before 1920 and in Altoona, Pennsylvania, by Peter “George” Koufougeorgas in 1918 and originally called Texas Hot Wieners. The “Texas” reference is to the chili sauce used on the dogs, which actually has a stronger Greek cuisine influence due to the ethnicity of the cooks who invented it. It is considered a unique regional hot dog style. From its origins, the invention spread to the Pennsylvania cities of Scranton and Philadelphia. By the 1920s, it had reached Western New York, where numerous long standing hot dog stands still remain, including a stand run by the Rigas Family (dating to 1921) and Ted’s Hot Dogs (which opened in 1927).

Coney Island hot dog
In southeastern Michigan, a Coney Island hot dog is a European-style Frankfurter Würstel (Vienna sausage) of German origin with a natural lamb or sheep casing, topped with a beef heart-based sauce, which was developed by Macedonian and Greek immigrants in the area. It has several local variations, including Detroit style, Flint style, and Jackson style.

A Flint-style Coney Island hot dog

Hot wiener
In Rhode Island the hot wiener or New York System wiener is a staple of the food culture and is served at “New York System” restaurants. The traditional wiener is made with a small, thin hot dog made of veal and pork, giving it a different taste from a traditional beef hot dog, served in a steamed bun, and topped with celery salt, yellow mustard, chopped onions, and a seasoned meat sauce.

Michigan hot dog
In the North Country of New York State, a Michigan hot dog, or “Michigan”, is a steamed hot dog on a steamed bun topped with a meaty sauce, generally referred to as “Michigan sauce.”

Cheese coneys

Cheese coneys
In Greater Cincinnati, Cheese coneys or Coney Islands (without the cheese) are hot dogs in buns topped with Cincinnati chili (a Greek-inspired meat sauce), onions, mustard, and cheese.

Carolina style
In North Carolina, hot dogs topped with chili, onions, and either mustard or slaw are referred to as “Carolina style”, which is also used to refer to hamburgers with similar toppings.

Half-smoke

In Washington, D.C., the half-smoke is similar to a hot dog, but usually larger, spicier, and with more coarsely-ground meat, the sausage is often half-pork and half-beef, smoked, and served with herbs, onion, and chili sauce.

A half smoke

 

 

Happy National Chili Dog Day!

July 30, 2015 at 3:55 PM | Posted in cheese, chili | Leave a comment
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Today (Thu 30th Jul, 2015) is…
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A day to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods, Chili Dog Day is dedicated to the humble chili hot dog.

 

 

Today is National Chili Dog Day! July is also National Hot Dog Month! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coneys Night

November 8, 2011 at 5:59 PM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, turkey hotdogs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Cheese Coneys

Cheese Coneys for dinner tonight. I used Ball Park White Smoked Turkey Franks, 1 Can of Skyline Chili, French’s Mustard, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Optional), 4 Slices of Tamed Jalapeno Peppers, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheese, and Healthy Life Hot Dog Buns. Put it all together and you have the Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coney. As an option you can add Chopped Onions. For dessert later a Yoplait 100 Calorie Delight Chocolate Eclair Parfait.

It’s Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coneys Night!

July 28, 2011 at 5:28 PM | Posted in chili, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Kraft Cheese, low calorie, low carb, turkey hotdogs | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Cheese Coneys


It’s Cheese Coneys for dinner tonight! If your from or lived in the Cincinnati area you know how good these Dogs are!  I used Ball Park White Smoked Turkey Franks, 1 Can of Skyline Chili, French’s Mustard, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheese, and Healthy Life Hot Dog Buns. Put it all together and you have the Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coney. I’m not a huge fan of Onions but a lot of people will add chopped Onions to their Coneys along with Hot Sauce. For a dessert/snack later tonight it will be a Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Bagel topped with Laughing Cow Light garlic and Herb Cheese.

Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coneys!

June 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, turkey hotdogs | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coneys


It’s Coney night! I used Ball Park White Smoked Turkey Franks, 1 Can of Skyline Chili, French’s Mustard, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheese, and Healthy Life Hot Dog Buns. Put it all together and you have the Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coney. Had a few Oyster Crackers also, which is a must when having any type of chili. You can also add diced Onions to your Coneys if you like. Ahhh comfort food!

Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coneys!

June 8, 2011 at 6:02 PM | Posted in chili, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, turkey hotdogs | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Cheese Coneys

Oh yeah it’s Coney night around the old homestead tonight! I used Ball Park White Smoked Turkey Franks, 1 Can of Skyline Chili, French’s Mustard, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheese, and Healthy Life Hot Dog Buns. Put it all together and you have the Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coney. Had a few Oyster Crackers also, which is a must when having any type of chili. You can also add diced Onions to your Coneys if you like. All together makes a one fine dinner!

A little history of Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili
Skyline Chili is a chain of chili restaurants based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1949 by Greek immigrant Nicholas Lambrinides, Skyline Chili is named for the view of Cincinnati’s skyline that Lambrinides could see from his first restaurant (which has since been demolished), opened in the section of town now known as Price Hill.

Skyline Chili is unique in that it is not chili con carne, the meat dish that originated in (and is the state dish of) Texas. Instead, Cincinnati-style chili is a sauce usually used over spaghetti or hot dogs, containing a unique spice blend that gives it a very distinct taste. Officially, the recipe for Skyline Chili is a well-kept family secret among Lambrinides’ surviving children. However, many Skyline patrons and Cincinnatians believe that the unique taste of Skyline Chili comes from chocolate and cinnamon, spices common in Greek cuisine‘s meat dishes. The general recipe is not unique to Skyline — “Cincinnati-style” chili is sold by several chili parlors in the area including Empress, Dixie, Gold Star Chili, Camp Washington, and other chili parlors.

Skyline’s menu includes their signature dishes: cheese coneys (a hot dog topped with Skyline Chili, mustard, onions, and cheese), and 3-ways (spaghetti topped with Skyline Chili and cheese; 4-ways (choice of beans or onions added), and 5-ways (beans and onions both added). Additional menu items include burritos made with Skyline Chili, classic and Greek-style salads, french fries, and baked potatoes topped with Skyline Chili. To accommodate patrons who follow a low carbohydrate diet, Skyline has recently offered low-carb options such as a “coney bowl”—a cheese coney without the bun, and also now serves vegetarian options, using beans and rice in place of chili in many of its dishes.

Skyline Chili Cincinnati

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