Chili dog

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Chili dog
Chili dog with fries.jpg
A chili-cheese dog with fries
Type Hot dog
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Hot dog bun, hot dog, chili con carne; often cheese, onions, mustard
Variations Michigan dog
Cookbook: Chili dog  Media: Chili dog

Chili dog is the generic name for a hot dog served in a bun and topped with some sort of meat sauce, often chili con carne (usually without beans) or some other ground meat sauce. Often other toppings are also added, such as cheese, onions, and mustard. The style has multiple regional variations in the United States, many calling for specific and unique sauce ingredients, types of hot dogs, or types of buns and referred to regionally under region-specific names. Many regional variations were developed independently by Greek immigrant restaurateurs.

Regional variations[edit]

Texas wiener[edit]

Texas hot dog
Alternative names Texas chili dog, Texas hot, Texas wiener
Type Hot dog
Place of origin United States
Region or state New Jersey
Main ingredients Hot dog bun, hot dog, chili con carne or hot sauce
Cookbook: Texas hot dog  Media: Texas hot dog

In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Texas hot dog, Texas chili dog, Texas hot, or Texas wiener is a hot dog with chili or hot sauce; it is served in variations with assorted condiments. The Texas wiener was created in Paterson, New Jersey before 1920[1] and in Altoona, Pennsylvania by Peter "George" Koufougeorgas in 1918[2] and originally called Texas Hot Wieners. The "Texas" reference is to the chili sauce used on the dogs, which actually has a stronger Greek cuisine influence due to the ethnicity of the cooks who invented it. It is considered a unique regional hot dog style. From its origins, the invention spread to the Pennsylvania cities of Scranton and Philadelphia.[3] Altoona's original Texas Hot Dogs shop is still open today in downtown Altoona on 12th street.

Coney Island hot dog[edit]

Main article: Coney Island hot dog

In southeastern Michigan, a Coney Island hot dog is a European-style Frankfurter Würstel (Vienna sausage) of German origin with a natural lamb or sheep casing, topped with a beef heart-based sauce, which was developed by Greek immigrants in the area. It has several local variations, including Detroit style, Flint style, and Jackson style.

Hot wiener[edit]

Main article: Hot wiener

In Rhode Island the hot wiener or New York System wiener is a staple of the food culture and is served at "New York System" restaurants. The traditional wiener is made with a small, thin hot dog made of veal and pork, giving it a different taste from a traditional beef hot dog, served in a steamed bun, and topped with celery salt, yellow mustard, chopped onions, and a seasoned meat sauce.

Michigan hot dog[edit]

Main article: Michigan hot dog

In the North Country of New York State, a Michigan hot dog, or "Michigan", is a steamed hot dog on a steamed bun topped with a meaty sauce, generally referred to as "Michigan sauce."

Cheese coney[edit]

Main article: Cincinnati chili

In the Greater Cincinnati area, Cheese coneys or Coney Islands (without the cheese) are hot dogs in buns topped with Cincinnati chili (a Greek-inspired meat sauce), onions, mustard, and cheese.

Carolina style[edit]

Main article: Carolina style

In North Carolina, hot dogs topped with chili, onions, and either mustard or slaw are referred to as "Carolina style", which is also used to refer to hamburgers with similar toppings.


Main article: Half-smoke

In Washington, D.C. the half-smoke is similar to a hot dog, but usually larger, spicier, and with more coarsely-ground meat, the sausage is often half-pork and half-beef, smoked, and served with herbs, onion, and chili sauce.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stern, Jane and Michael (2002). Roadfood. Broadway Books. p. 98. ISBN 0-7679-0809-0. 
  2. ^ Mincin, Jimmy (February 5, 2009). "Hot doggin' it". Altoona Mirror. 
  3. ^ Krall, Hawk (July 17, 2009). "Hot Dog Of The Week: Texas Wieners". Serious Eats. 

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