Know one seems to know when the day first came onto the American stage. Was it five years ago? Ten? Did social media spread the word? Who knows. Frankly, who cares? All that matters is that on the last Thursday in July, hot dog loves across our great nation slather chili all over their dogs. Seems fitting, since July is National Hot Dog Month. Just don’t tell my guys or we’ll be eating hot dogs all month-long!
A few years back, during the last Presidential Election, we decided to have two great American foods together while watching the returns. It was fun, and tasty. So I thought I’d serve up our All-American Election Supper yet again, as part of the Hot Dog Extravaganza. And what goes better with a Chili Cheese Dog than Chili Cheese Fries? Yum!
Smokey Chili-Cheese Dogs
1 Package Good Quality Hot Dogs (Nathans of course)
1 Package Good Quality Hot Dog Buns
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Large Can Favorite Chili (Dennison’s Hot)
Mayonnaise, about 1 tablespoon per bun
Heat griddle to about medium-high. Split hot dogs in half length-wise.
While griddle warms, heat chili in a heavy-bottom pot over medium heat, stirring as needed to prevent burning or scorching.
Chop onion, set aside until ready to use.
When griddle is hot, cook dogs, cut side down until nice and browned. Turn dogs and allow skin to blister nicely without burning.
Split hot dog bun. Smear with mayonnaise.
Place grilled dog on bun. Top with chili, then plenty of chopped onion.
Chili-Cheese French Fries
1/2 Bag Frozen French Fries
Sea Salt to Taste
1 small Can Dennison’s HOT Chili, warmed on the stove
1/2 Cup Grated Smoked Cheese or Sharp Cheddar
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Spread French Fries in a single layer on baking sheet. Spray fries with cooking spray.
Season as desired. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Turn oven off, let continue to warm another 5 minutes or so. While fries are baking in the oven, warm chili in a sauce pot.
Remove French Fries from oven. Place in a large rimmed serving platter, spreading out. Ladle chili over fries. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Heat broiler element in oven. Pop fries under broiler and let cheese melt. Remove from oven and serve.