I’ll make this quick because I’m pretty busy over here. Watching BBC shows on Netflix and talking to myself with an English accent counts as busy right?
Ok, ok, fine… I’m not busy. I’m just feeling a little uninspired.
I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have lied to you. It’s just that busy seemed like a much better excuse than apathy. The truth is, I’m sitting around, eating hot dogs and waiting for spring.
But, while English accents, cold weather and hot dogs may not necessarily be the ingredients for amazingly creative writing, they are, most definitely the ingredients for an incredible chili dog. Except you should replace the English accent with some chili powder and cinnamon. Also, you could probably replace cold weather with any kind of weather because I really don’t think there’s a wrong time of year to eat a chili dog.
I know Cincinnati chili is one of those foods that has amassed a horde of diehard fans to whom it’s authenticity is paramount. So, full disclosure, I do not, nor have I ever lived in Cincinnati and if there is some kind of top secret ritual that has to be performed, like maybe a Cincinnati chili dance or magical spell, in order for it to become true Cincinnati chili, I have not been made privy to it.
Authentic or not, this recipe tastes like Cincinnati chili. And, foregoing the authenticity has opened the door to other, much more unspeakable things. Things like topping my chili dogs with some of my brother’s coleslaw. Obviously, the slaw is optional but you should know that it’s amazing and I’m convinced Cincinnati chili should be served six-ways instead of just five, with coleslaw being the sixth.
This Cincinnati Chili Dog recipe is perfect for entertaining a crowd; the casual type of entertaining, anyway. It probably doesn’t belong at the kind of dinner party that has champagne and cuff links and a piano player in the corner. But, quite frankly, neither do I.
So maybe this recipe isn’t fancy but it is fun and delicious in a modest and maybe even slightly trashy kind of way and I can think of plenty of events that fit that description just fine (Super Bowl party anyone?) So, if you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to feed a crowd, it doesn’t get any better than this.