Once a year on the last Thursday in July, we celebrate the convergence of two iconic foods—hot dogs and chili—in observance of National Chili Dog Day.
While each is remarkable on its own, when brought together in a single bun with personalized condiments, chili and dogs reach euphoric new heights.
The sum is greater than its parts. It was a fusion before fusion cuisine became hip.
Like many food legends and lore, there isn’t much clarity or agreement about the origins of chili dogs. There are, however, lots of colorful claims.
But just as chili and dogs converge, the chili portion of the equation is where the paths diverge.