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All-American Chili Dogs

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February 1, 2015 / American / By
Nicola

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In the United States of America, they don’t do things by halves especially when it comes to food. Therefore, why settle for plain old hotdogs when you can combine it with another family favourite?

Chili dogs are generally more popular in areas that have a high Mexican population, but variations can be found all over America. I was lucky enough to try out these American specialities at several different locations in North Carolina.

Essentially, a chili dog starts off as just a basic hotdog. Throw a standard hotdog sausage in a hotdog bun and you’re already halfway there!

Then comes the chili part, which is slightly more unusual. It’s pretty much just chilli con carne, but without the kidney beans. However, that’s a little too basic a description. The texture of this chili is much softer than standard chilli con carne, which comes from cooking it for a much longer period of time. The mince should break down and become slightly more like a purée than a chunky plate of meat.

I’ve searched long and hard to find the perfect chili to make my own chili dogs at home, but it’s easier said than done. Making my own has never turned out flavoursome enough, no matter what I’ve tried. It kills me to say it, but the closest I’ve ever come to getting chili dog standard chili outside of America comes out a can usually in the supermarket aisle near all the tinned pies and cans of tuna. This is not something Id ever normally suggest, but buying tinned chili is the closest thing Ive found to the real deal.

Whichever chili you decide to use, layer it up on top of the hotdog sausage. Add some cooked onions, as well as a drizzle of mustard and lashings of cheese. Finally, just tuck in!

This is a real taste of all-American food. Unless you’re able to try chili dogs in America itself, you’ll never know the true delights as they’re very difficult to recreate at home. However, if you can bring yourself to reach for the can, then chili dogs are a great alternative to the original. This is the perfect snack to keep you going through this year’s Superbowl final!

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