Chilli dog is a dish made out of hotdogs in buns topped with chilli con carne and cheese, a very popular fast food in areas of America where there is a large Mexican-American population like California, Texas and Arizona. The Chilli dog have several popular variations such as Coney dog, Michigan dog or Texas hotdog, they might not be 100% exactly the same but it shares the common concept of topping up hotdogs with chilli con carne. Those names does not also suggest where they came from as Coney dog originated in Michigan and Texas dog originated in Pennsylvania.
For the history, Sausages might had originated from Germany but the idea of placing it in a bun started during the 1870′s where a German immigrant by the name of Charles Feltman began selling sausages in rolls in Coney Island. The term “dog” was used since 1884 due to the accusations that sausage makers used dog meat. The word “hot” was added during the 1900 when the newspaper cartoonist Thomas Aloysius drew a cartoon coining “hot dogs” as a term for a recording breaking sale of these sausages in buns during a New York Giants baseball game at the Polo Grounds.
This is one of the memorable dishes to me as there was a hot dog chain back in the Philippines called Coney Island where we always eat, they sell all different types of hot dogs in a bun and this was one of my favourites.
- 6 hotdog buns
- 6 hotdogs, frankfurters or sausages
- chilli con carne
- grated cheddar cheese
- chopped white onions
- To make a really soft hotdog buns similar to what you buy on streets, place buns in a steamer and steam for at least 10 minutes.
- Cook the hotdogs, best it to slowly pan fry it with little oil.
- Cook the chilli con carne, instructions here.
- Assemble the chilli dog by placing hotdogs on bun, then top with onions, chilli con carne and grated cheddar cheese.