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National Chili Dog Day

Hot Dog Statue

When is National Chili Dog Day? This holiday is celebrated on the last Thursday in July

Yes, you can have your hot dog and your chili and eat it, too….. together, as today is National Chili Dog Day. We don’t know who first came up with the idea to put hot dogs and chili together. But, we’re sure glad they did, as they make an awesome combination.

Hot dogs are actually a sausage of German origin. It has evolved over many decades. There are many types of hot dogs, including ballpark, pop-open, skinless, and “white” hots. White hots are very popular in the northeast, but little known in many other parts of the country. 

Chili is very popular in colder months of the year. It warms you up. The big exception is when it is used as a condiment, or topper, on hot dogs in a bun. The resulting chili dog is popular in the summer months.

If you’ve never tried the delicious summer sausage sandwich, National Chili Dog Day is the perfect day to give it a try. We believe you won’t be disappointed!

 Did You Know? Chili Con Carne first appeared on restaurant menus in the 1880s.

Happy National Chili Dog Day!!!

How Many Hot Dogs Do We Eat?

We consume so many hot dogs, in so many venues, that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council hesitates to forecast consumption. But, it does report that each year we buy over 837 million packages of hot dogs at retail outlets and over 24 million hot dogs at baseball stadiums alone. 

We found no statistics about how many chili dogs are consumed annually by Americans. It is a small fraction of the estimated 70 hot dogs each American will eat in a year.

Hot Dog

How to Celebrate National Chili Dog Day

Like other food holidays, it’s easy to celebrate National Chili Dog Day.

  • Make a batch of homemade chili.
  • Eat chili dogs for lunch and dinner.
  • Go to your local diner for one.
  • Have a cookout. You know what to put on the menu.
  • Have a campfire. Cook hot dogs on a stick over the fire.

Thought for Today

We have enough youth. How about a Fountain of Smart!?

History and Origin of National Chili Dog Day

Our research did not reveal the creator of this day, or when it was first created. Based on that research, we know this holiday has been around for a while. We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.

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