Most of my blogging friends are on a hot dog roll this month. It's killing my diet plans.
Wait what diet plans?! Carrie you clearly are not on any special diet when you are posting butter laden treats all month.
This girl loves her a hot dog. I have had them TWICE this week. And I blame Deborah.
I am quite particular with my hot dogs. I like them 2 ways and normally only one brand will fly in this house.
1st, Schonlands. The only brand you will find in my house. My mother drilled that into me as a kid. It's all she buys and it's all I will ever buy. I like a good snap when I bite through the casing. YUM. And when they grill up on my god. So good and crispy!
2nd way, is a steamed hot dog from my favorite hot dog truck in Concord NH. Puppy Love. All you locals know what I'm talking about. Back in the day Puppy love had a truck in my home town of Plymouth. I have so many memories of getting lunch with my Nana or Mom there. When I was in high school. They moved to Concord. Luckily for me I moved there as well after graduation.
On a nice day I take my kids down to Puppy love and we walk around Main St. Concord with our dogs in hand. It's a huge treat for them... and for me!
My all time favorite way to eat a hot dog is smothered in chili and cheese.
When we go to puppy love my husband always orders their chili and cheese dogs which are smothered in some sort of canned chili product (yuk) and neon yellow nacho cheese. As much as I loooooove me some puppy love I can't do that stuff on top.
So I started making them at home with my chili (specially made just for dogs) and my own cheese sauce.
Sprinkle some sliced scallions and jalapenos on top and I am fat and happy.
OR better yet put some coleslaw on top of that chili HOLY YUM!
To make my chili for hot dogs I want something that isn't super chunky. Its a condiment after all. We also use this chili as a dip, or on top of fries.
Chili for Hot Dogs:
1 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup of black beans
1 lb of lean hamburger
1 tbs of chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 clove of minced garlic
1 jalapeno diced
2 tbs of dehydrated minced onion
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
In a fry pan brown your beef, cook through completely breaking the pieces up with your spatula. You don't want big hunks of hamburg.
Drain grease from your hamburger and add it into a large sauce pan with the rest of your ingredients. Simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes. Slop on top of your hot dog!
For your Cheese Sauce:
2 tbs of butter
2 tbs of flour
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup of shredded American Cheese
1/4 tsp salt
In a sauce pan add butter and flour whisk together to create a paste, Slowly whisk in milk.
One it is combined add in cheese and salt. Mix on low heat until it has thickened and smooth.
Drizzle over hot dogs.