Did you know July is National Hot Dog Month?
I guess it makes sense since this is the month when Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place. I think this year, fifty-nine hot dogs were eaten in 10 minutes and then an overtime round was required because of a tie. Ack! Fifty-nine dogs plus the tie-breaker round...no thanks!
We don't have hot dogs around here very often, but when we do, we like them slathered with chili and cheese. And not just any chili, it has to be sweet and super tangy. I love chili with cumin and cayenne but not on a hot dog. I prefer something that really forces my taste buds to stand up and salute. This is why I came up with Noble Pig's Tantalizingly Tangy Chili-Cheese Dogs. Hold me.
These chili-dogs have an amazing burst of flavor like you have never tasted before. The tang gives you this awesome puckering sensation in your mouth but in a very good way. It's not overpowering, it's just right.
But before we get to making them, there has been a lot of information written about Hot Dog Etiquette. Didn't think it existed did you? I feel it's important we peruse over some hot dog dogma to see if we agree or disagree with what the so-called hot dog experts are saying is the proper way to enjoy a wiener.
HOT DOG ETIQUETTE 101
Dress the dog, not the bun. Put the dog into the bun, then add toppings.
I always add the dog, then condiments, then toppings...always. Wow, so far I'm a hot dog eating robot.
Apply condiments in this order: wet (mustard and chili), chunky (relish and onions), cheese, then spices.
I guess I agree with this hierarchy, but spices? What spices?
Choose sesame seed, poppy seed or plain-white buns over too-fancy sun-dried tomato or basil buns.
Yeah, basil buns? No, not for me....no. This I agree with.
Use paper plates and paper napkins when serving hot dogs.
Unless I'm serving 100 people, we will be eating off of real dishes, thank you.
Never, never, never use a fork to eat a hot dog. Never.
Ummm, these people have never had me serve them a chili-cheese dog. It's un-pick-upable. (I think I just made that word up.)
Eat dogs in five bites or fewer. For foot-longs, it is acceptable to take seven bites.
Not to be the bearer of bad news but hot dogs are one of the foods people choke on the most! It doesn't dissolve. Once stuck it's stuck. It's the one food I will not leave my kids alone to eat. The whole time I
yell remind them to take small bites.
Ketchup on hot dogs is for kids.
This person is a total whack-job. Ketchup is my third love after mayonnaise and butter.
Never take wine to a wiener roast.
Ha! I think we know I completely disagree with this one!
So there you have it, agree or disagree with any of them?
Now let's get these dogs on the table, shall we?
Here is what you'll need: Ground beef, hot dogs, buns, kidney beans, extra sharp cheddar cheese, Onion powder, chili sauce, yellow mustard, chili seasoning, fresh lemon juice, white onion, buffalo wing sauce, water and Worcestershire sauce.
In a skillet over medium heat, brown 1 pound of extra-lean ground beef.
Once the meat is browned add 1 bottle chili sauce, 8 ounces kidney beans, 1 packet chili seasoning, 1/2 cup water, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard, 2 Tablespoons buffalo wing sauce, 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon onion powder.
Incorporate all the ingredients into the meat and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Cook hot dogs according to package directions or throw on the grill.
Place cooked hot dogs in the buns and top with chili, onion and cheese.
Build them up really high and serve with a fork and knife.
Don't forget to serve them on real dishes. Everyone will think you are so classy.
Honestly, I can't stop looking at these pictures.
Tantalizingly Tangy Chili-Cheese Dogs
Okay, the gratuitous bitten hot dog shot. Had to do it. Sue me.
Other Hot Dog Recipes you might enjoy:
New Jersey Italian Hot Dog ~ Simply Recipes
Loaded Cheddar Hot Dogs ~ How Sweet It Is
Hot Dogs with Kimchi Relish ~ Steamy Kitchen
And if you still need more Hot Dogs...
16 Creative Hot Dog Recipes for Your Next Cookout
Tantalizingly Tangy Chili-Cheese Dogs