Must love dogs...chili dogs that is! That's right, today is National Chili Dog Day, a day to honor the classic American version of fun on a bun. In today's diet-crazed world a little justification is needed to indulge in the meaty treat that has become synonymous with carnival fare and street vendors. Easy and satisfying the chili dog deserves a day where salad forks are cast aside and condiments step into the spotlight for a change.
New York's Coney Island, a landmark that time forgot, is notorious for its decades old title as America's hotdog heaven. Check out the above video to learn how to make a traditional Coney Island Chili Dog from Food Network star Sandra Lee. This crowd (and kid) pleaser is so fast if it were a competitor in Nathan's anual hotdog eating contest it would be a record-breaker.
Speaking of hot dog eating contests, here are some helpful tips and tricks to winning title of your own. Perhaps you're not quite ready to face off against Joey Chestnut, but why not become a master of munch under your own roof by hosting your own chili dog or hot dog eating contest among friends or family. In this chewable challenge the wiener takes it all!
If you'd rather chew your food rather than inhale it, perhaps something a little less competitive is in order. A build-your-own dog party is a great way to please even the pickiest party-goer while also having a doggone good time. Here are some expert tips for creating your very own Hot Dog Station that can of course be altered to meet any dietary needs—veggie dogs and veggie chili anyone?