‘Celebrate with 8’ for Chili Dog Day

How do you prefer your chili dog?  Meat sauce only, with beans or without?
There are so many ways to eat a classic chili dog.

Its time to ‘Celebrate with 8’ for Chili Dog Day!

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I cant ignore the amazingness of this recipe.  As FIRST a beer lover and SECOND as a hot dog lover.  Beer Chili & Cheese Dog for IPA Day from The Beeroness.  Beer, chili, hot dog, cheese…..on and on……

The Beeroness Beer Chili & Cheese Dogs for IPA Day
Let’s start with the cooking method.  I prefer using my rice cooker but doesn’t this Nostalgia Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster looks like a cute little addition to your small appliance arsenal?

Oh wait! What about this ‘Retro’ Hot Dog & Bun Steamer?  I mean Retro, right? I could see this at my next summer cookout.

Making your own bread will take your dogs to the next level.  Look at these beautiful Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns from Domestic Gothess.  Oh so good…..

Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns from Domestic Gothess
Get the kids in the kitchen with these Chili Cheese Crescent Dogs from Diary of a Recipe Collector.  All wrapped up and covered with cheese, yes please!

Chili Cheese Crescent Dogs from Diary of a Recipe Collector
Last Sunday I made for the first time a Michigan Hot Dog.  All beef hot dog smothered in a tomato based chili.  Oh yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds. {PS. From Michigan, I didn’t even know there was such a thing!}

Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten
Speaking of Michigan.  Check out this beautiful photography of Red Lion-Red Hots, Grand Rapids, Michigan by blueeyedbadger. You can get this phenomenal photo on Etsy.

Red Lion-Red Hots, Grand Rapids, Michigan, color photography, photographers of michigan, photographers of etsy. From blueeyedbadger
For me slaw is one of my favorite toppings on a hot dog.  This Carolina Style Hot Dogs from Sugar Dish Me has slaw & chili.  Wow!

Carolina Style Hot Dogs from Sugar Dish Me

Buy the hot dogs.  Top as you prefer. Celebrate.

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Michigan Hot Dog #SundaySupper

 A Michigan Hot Dog features a meaty, beanless chili that is ladled on top of an all-beef hot dog. This is a great recipe for parties, tailgates, or even dinner!

Michigan Hot Dog | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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 hot dog.  A hot dog with beanless chili that is named after my beloved home state?  Yes!

But I’ll be honest….I didn’t even know what a Michigan hot 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 hot 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.

Michigan Hot Dog | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now you’ll say ‘Erin. You didn’t even know what a Michigan hot 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!}.

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. You get the fact that I’m joking but finding a truly 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.

How to make Michigan Hot Dogs:

Prepare your hot dogs the usual way you would. I steam mine in the rice cooker.

Now time to make the chili.  Add 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 | 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 | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now assemble your Michigan hot dog and add chili to the top along with mustard and the rest of your raw onion to the top.

If you’re 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!

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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
A Michigan Hot Dog features an all beef hot dog with a tangy, beanless chili then is simply topped with onions and mustard.
Michigan Hot Dog | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Hot Dogs
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Hot Dogs
Ingredients
Michigan Hot Dog | 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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