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

A chili dog is a generic hot dog that is served topped with chili con carne (usually without beans). Often, other toppings are also added, such as cheese, onions, and mustard. A Michigan dog in upstate New York is similar to a chili dog, as is a Texas hot dog, which actually originated in Pennsylvania.[1] Chili dogs are also popular in areas that have large Mexican-American populations, such as California, Texas and Arizona. In California, regional chains such as Pink's and Original Tommy's specialize in chili dogs and chili burgers.

A chili dog, with its generic hot dog and ground beef-based sauce and other toppings, is not to be confused with a Coney Island hot dog, a European-style Frankfurter Würstel (Vienna sausage) of German origin having a natural lamb or sheep casing, topped with a beef heart-based sauce, which was developed by Greek immigrants in southeastern Michigan.

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

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 various regions of the United States in variations with assorted condiments. The Texas wiener was created in Paterson, New Jersey before 1920[1][2] and in Altoona, Pennsylvania by Peter "George" Koufougeorgas in 1918[3] 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.[4] Altoona's original Texas Hot Dogs shop is still open today in downtown Altoona on 12th street.

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  1. ^ a b Mercuri, Becky (2007). The Great American Hot Dog Book: Recipes and Side Dishes from Across America. Gibbs Smith. pp. 16–17. ISBN 1-4236-0022-3. 
  2. ^ Stern, Jane and Michael (2002). Roadfood. Broadway Books. p. 98. ISBN 0-7679-0809-0. 
  3. ^ Mincin, Jimmy (February 5, 2009). "Hot doggin' it". Altoona Mirror. 
  4. ^ Krall, Hawk (July 17, 2009). "Hot Dog Of The Week: Texas Wieners". Serious Eats. 

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