Michigan Hot Dog #SundaySupper

When I saw the theme for this weeks #SundaySupper ‘All American Burgers & Dogs’ I knew I wanted to make one of my families favorites, Chili Dogs.  But how do I set myself apart from all other Chili Dogs out there?  Delving into foodie research I came across the most perfect dish……the Michigan Dog.  A hot dog with chili that is named after my beloved home state?  Yes!

Michigan Hot Dog from Bottom Left of the Mitten

But I’ll be honest….I didn’t even know what a Michigan Dog was!  However I found this fabulous article, Hot Dog of the Week: Decoding the “Michigan Dog” of New York State by Serious Eats.  It set me straight.  Real straight.  You see the title?  That’s right, the Michigan Dog is a staple of NEW YORK!?!  However it originated in Michigan, be it almost 100 years ago, so I am staking claim and feel safe to celebrate this Chili Dog as one of Michigan’s own.

Now you’ll say ‘Erin. You didn’t even know what a Michigan Dog was. How are you going to even know if you did it right?’  For this I trusted my husband’s taste buds since he has had them so he was my guide to whether they were close or not {PS. They were!}.

Michigan Hot Dog | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I decided to go with a slight vinegar based sauce. I LOVE vinegar (my favorite BBQ sauce is vinegar based too) and in doing my research it said that the sauce could be vinegar based. Or may contain cabbage. Or water from the cleanest Lake in Michigan. Or secret saliva from a wolverine *Click here to see a cute photo of Little A looking at said Wolverines & follow us on IG while your there**.  You get the fact that I’m joking but finding a true original recipe was very hard so I improvised!  I also used Nathan’s Hot Dogs as an homage to New York.  Now let’s get started.

Prepare your hot dogs the usual way you would.  I steam mine in the rice cooker.  Now time to make the chili.  I added the beef, onions and all the spices right on the top.  When the burger cooked it set the spices right into the meat.  It’s my favorite way to cook beef.

Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once the beef is cooked through add the tomato sauce, vinegar and ketchup to the pan.  Do not drain the beef.  Stir to combine.  Put a medium simmer for around 5 minutes.  It does not take long to thicken up.

Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now assemble your hot dogs and add chili to the top along with mustard and the rest of your raw onion to the top. If your looking to further your regional hot dog experience check out my Memphis Hot Dogs.  And here you are….

Michigan Hot Dog from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

This Sunday is All American Burgers & Dogs.  I want to thank our host Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.  Putting on these events takes a lot of work and you made it look easy.  Check out all these other recipes that will have you cooking some great food all summer long.

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Michigan Hot Dog from Bottom Left of the Mitten. Beefy tomato chili smothered on top of aall beef hot dog.. Topped with Yellow Mustard and Onions.
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Michigan Hot Dogs
All beef hot dog with a tangy chili sauce. Topped with mustard & onion. A perfect Michigan Hot Dog!
Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Hot Dogs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Hot Dogs
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Hot Dogs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Hot Dogs
Ingredients
Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Prepare your hot dogs the usual way you would.
  2. For chili: Add beef, onions and all the spices right on the top. When the burger cooked it set the spices right into the meat. Cook through thoroughly.
  3. Once the beef is cooked through add the tomato sauce, vinegar and ketchup to the pan. Do not drain the beef. Stir to combine. Put a medium simmer for around 5 minutes. It does not take long to thicken up.
  4. Assemble hot dogs and add chili to the top along with mustard and the rest of your raw onion to the top.
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    Monica
    July 24, 2016

    These bring back memories. My Dad was famous for his chili dogs. His chili was always requested at family gatherings. I always trust your opinion so I’m going to make your version but Shhh…don’t tell my dad I’m cheating on him!

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      Erin@BottomLeftoftheMitten
      July 28, 2016

      :’) Secret is safe with me!

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    Renee @ReneesKitchenAdventures
    July 25, 2016

    We just got back from a vacation up in Traverse City and I brought back so many Michigan cherries it’s crazy, but they are so darn good!!! I’ve never heard of a Michigan Dog before, but i bet it goes perfect with cherry pie!

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      Erin@BottomLeftoftheMitten
      July 28, 2016

      I’m sure it does! Traverse City is just beautiful. My husband and I spent a weekend at Spider Lake last year for our anniversary. Glad you had a great time.

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