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killer chili dogs

we're hosting a big crowd for 4th of July, and I'm thinking chili dogs are the way to go.

what's your best chili dog recipe? grilled, steamed, or boiled dogs? ideal accompaniments?

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  1. Check out Paula Dean's sons' chili recipe for dogs (search foodnetwork). We made it a few weeks ago and it was supereasy and really good on grilled dogs. Mmmmm, I'm hungry!

    1. Steamed Kasper Dog with crunchy skin, probably a Northern CA thing. They can be purchased at Costco now and some markets.

      I would never turn away good spicy chili and cheese to top it with though!
      Red onion, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, a bit of sour cream.
      Get the good buns that can take the chili.

      1. I enjoy grilled Kosher hot dogs(Best Kosher), on a poppyseed bun.

        I like chili , cheddar cheese, chopped white onions, and sliced jalapenos when I have chili dogs.

        1. Probably blasphemy but for an easy fix, I had the best chili dog I can remember two weeks ago. I used Bush's beanless chili that comes in a glass jar. For the cheese I used some pepper jack I had and the key is to very finely grate it, it will melt easier. Scrumptious. Oh, I and I grilled my dogs. When I worked at a Dairy Dip we sliced our dogs down the middle but not all the way and then placed them face down on the grill. Thats a good way to get all the fixin's in the middle!

          1. I make my own chili using the Lawry's packet, then adding a can of El Pato Jalapeno Salsa. I call it "duck salsa" because there is a duck on the label. :) For chili dogs, I put all of the ingredients (browned ground beef, kidney or pinto beans, canned chopped tomatoes) individually into the food processor until fine. This ensures a smooth "chili dog sauce" and TRUST ME it is so good. For chili dogs I like boiled dogs, but it's really a matter of taste. I put a half slice of American cheese in a Sara Lee hot dog bun (very important... the flavor of these can only be described as "goldenish") put in dog, about two tablespoons of chili then as many raw chopped onions as you can stand. Yum. This recipe is also great for chili billies. (aka walkabouts, frito pie, etc) Enjoy!

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            1. re: Oh Robin

              I wholeheartedly endorse all those steps. When I was a kid my dad would drive us all out to Dog N' Suds and this sort of blender-smooth chili sauce on top of boiled dogs in steamed bun with processed cheese brings back memories.

              1. re: renov8r

                I remember Dog N Suds from Mesa Arizona.......the root beer was amazing! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.