Family Tailgating for National Chili Dog Day

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Did you know that National Chili Dog Day is July 27th? One of my favorite ways to enjoy a hot dog is by making chili dogs.  We enjoy them all year long but especially while watching football. I’m not sure you can actually have a football game without having chili dogs. While we watch the game at home and not at a football stadium, we can still enjoy the traditional chili dogs by making them ourselves.  It wouldn’t be National Chili Dog Day without chili dogs!  This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Family Tailgating for National Chili Dog Day

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National Chili Dog Day

Every year, on the last Thursday in July, people enjoy National Chili Dog Day. A chili dog is a generic name for a hot dog served with chili on top. Depending on where you live, the exact type of hot dog and toppings vary greatly. A Texas chili dog would have a generous helping of hot sauce. A Coney Island dog would have a meat sauce with no beans. A Michigan dog would be steamed with a special Michigan meat sauce.

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My recipe is closest to a Cheese Coney Dog which is a hot dog, topped with chili without beans, cheese, onions, and mustard. Yum. You can really add or subtract the toppings as you like. Just make sure you try one for National Chili Dog Day.

Game Day Chili Dogs

Game Day Chili Dogs
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  • 1 package hot dogs
  • 1 package hot dog rolls
  • 1 can of Chili with no beans (you can use beans if you prefer) or your favorite homemade recipe
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded Vermont sharp cheddar cheese
  • Scallions (green onions)


  1. Cook the hot dogs according to package directions.
  2. Heat the chili.
  3. Put the hot dogs in the buns.
  4. Spoon the chili over the hot dogs.
  5. Top with sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions as you like

Chili dogs can be messy depending on how much you pile on top. To keep it all neat, we usually serve them in a hot dog boat.  We really prefer ours steamed, but if you’ll be cooking them outside on the grill, make sure you pick up roasting sticks to keep the kids back from the fire.

Of course, there are a lot of different ways you can make chili dogs. You can keep it quick and simple and start with a can of chili or you can go all out and make homemade chili. This crockpot chili recipe is great for busy days. If you like it spicy, try my hunting cabin chili on top of your hot dog.

Will you be celebrating National Chili Dog Day? I wonder … When is National Chili Day?

Family Tailgating for National Chili Dog Day

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