National Hot Dog Day is upon us, and while we all gather to celebrate one of our favorite foods, the look of our delectable dogs varies widely depending on where we live in the country. Below are some of the most well-known hot dog recipes. If you’ve had them, enjoy them again for National Hot Dog Day. And if you haven’t, now’s the time to visit your local hot dog stand and add a new twist to this familiar snack.
Chicago Dog. In Chicago, hot dogs are jam-packed with goodness. This delicious dog is topped with a dill pickle, chopped onions, celery salt, tomatoes, mustard and relish, and you can’t forget the poppy seed bun. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also add hot sport peppers to turn it up a notch.
Kansas City Dog. Only two ingredients turn a regular hot dog into a Kansas City Dog. One of them is Swiss cheese, and the other is sauerkraut. Lots and lots of sauerkraut. This taste sensation isn’t for everyone, but if you like sauerkraut or you have an adventurous palate, it’s worth a try.
Coney Island Dog. Affectionately known as Coneys, this Michigan staple is a fan favorite. Homemade chili, mustard and chopped onions come together for a dog that can be as mild or spicy as you want it to be.
Texas Tommy. Texas Tommys are all the rage in … Pennsylvania. Served on a toasted bun, this hot dog is filled with cheese spread and wrapped in bacon.
Carolina Style. The Carolina Style hot dogs from North Carolina are a barbecue on a bun. Chili mixes with coleslaw, mustard and chopped onions for a meal that’s hearty on the toppings.
Danger Dog. The aptly named Danger Dog is the perfect choice for hot dog aficionados who want a meal with some extra kick. Ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise offer some relief from the chopped onions, green peppers and poblano peppers that sit atop this California treat.
Crab Mac n’ Cheese Dog. We’ll close with this example that shows you can literally put anything on a hot dog. The Maryland area is known for its crabs, and this hot dog features a heaping helping of crab meat as well as macaroni and cheese to prove that the foods you loved as a child still have delicious staying power.
Wherever you are for National Hot Dog Day, treat yourself to one of the many local specialties featuring this delicious American staple.