Chili Dogs with homemade Potato Chips – Diner Style!

by Michelle on March 9, 2011

Mr. Tastebuds and I just love diner food and whenever we travel we are always on the look out for diners and truck stops. The food is always good, you get huge portions and it’s fun!

I don’t know what it is about Mr. Tastebuds but he enjoys meals when no utensils or plates are necessary. He’s sort of a no fuss kind of guy and likes to just pick up the food with his hands and eat. And he loves it when I use my diner baskets! I bought my diner baskets at Homegoods several years ago. As I remember they were 6@$2.95 or something around that. But I am planning a Giveaway of my favorite things later this month and a set of Diner Baskets is one of the items so stay tuned. I had a great time putting together My Favorite Things giveaway and I guarantee you will enjoy it!

Chicago is known for their hot dogs and there’s a hot dog stand on just about every corner in the loop. All are a bit different but all are excellent in their own way. I lived in Flint, Michigan which is well known for Coney Dogs which is nothing like a Chili Dog. Chili Dogs are more of a Detroit hot dog and are one of my favorites. There’s really nothing like a good Detroit Chili Dog!

Chili Dogs
Recipe developed in the kitchen of BigBlackDog

Hot Dogs (I use Best Kosher Dogs)
Hot Dogs Buns (I made hot dog buns from Castiello Torpedoes but you can use any brand of hot dog buns.

Chili Sauce:
1 lb ground beef (I used ground chuck)
1-6 oz tomato paste
1 large tomato, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TBL fresh dill, minced
6-8 green onions, chopped including tops and save some for topping
2-4 tsp chili powder **See Note
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Topping: Diced Onion, Yellow Mustard, Shredded Cheese

1. Make the hot dog buns.
2. Over medium heat, in a heavy, bottomed deep skillet brown the ground beef.
3. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for a minute or two.
4. Add the tomato paste, dill, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
5. Add the diced tomato including any juice from dicing the tomato and simmer for about 20 minutes until thick.
6. Boil or grill the hot dogs.
7. Place the hot dog in the bun and top with chili sauce, chopped onion, yellow mustard, cheese or whatever you want.

**Note: I add chili powder exactly how my Mom showed me. You add abut a tsp chili powder, stir it in and taste it. Just keep adding the powder until you can feel it burn the back of your throat just a little bit. I’m pretty much a lightweight when it comes to spicy so 2 tsps chili powder was plenty for me in this recipe but you may find you need more.

Fresh-Cut Potato Chips

4-5 Medium Sized Potatoes
3-4 cups of cooking oil
Salt

1. Heat your deep fryer or you can use a deep, heavy bottomed skillet filled with at least 2″ of cooking oil.
2. Peel and place potatoes in a bowl of cool water. Slice potatoes as thinly as possible. I use a Kuhn Rikon Quick Slice Julienne Mandoline and I love it!
3. Place the sliced potatoes in a bowl of cold water to keep them fresh, making sure the potatoes are completely covered with water.
4. Take out a handful of sliced potatoes and place them in a drainer for a few minutes. Then pat the potatoes dry with paper toweling.
5. Drop slices, one at a time, into the hot oil. When the chips reach the desired color take them out and place them in a bowl lined with paper toweling.

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  • deeba March 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I wanna stop by for dinner…this meal has my name written all over it! Yay for Mr Tastebuds; he has great taste!

  • Kayte March 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I never could figure out the difference between a Coney Dog, Chili Dog, and The Bold and Spicey Dog. Oh, well, no matter, I like them all. Looks delicious. I have never had fresh dill in it before, so need to give this recipe a whirl and find out what that is all about.

  • My Carolina Kitchen March 9, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Very impressive Michelle. Homemade buns AND homemade chips. That is one fine looking hot dog. Your photos are outstanding. Who wouldn’t love this meal.

    By the way, the little diner baskets you mentioned make a great gift for anyone who has a boat. My brother-in-law has a trawler and diner baskets are perfect to serve boat food such as your hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, any finger food. They don’t break, they stack (important on a boat because of space), and are easily passed and if you put a paper napkin in them, there’s almost no clean-up involved, and don’t break. We found them at a restaurant supply store and gave him a bunch of them for Christmas.
    Sam

  • mister anchovy March 9, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Yummy no doubt, but a lot of trouble when in the end you still end up eating a hot dog, as dressed up as it might be.

  • Melanie March 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

    These look super Michelle! I was waiting for this post, hoping you hadn’t forgot or changed your mind. I’ve been in the mood for hotdogs and I have a block of mozzarella in the fridge waiting to go into the buns. Hopefully there will be a semi-warm day next week to grill the dogs. I’ve also seen those baskets at restaurant supply stores along with the red and yellow plastic squirt bottles for the ketchup/mustard. Thank you for the wonderful recipes!!!

  • Tracey March 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    This looks so delicious! My husband would be a huge fan :)

  • Julie March 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Ooh, that dog is calling my name! Yum :)

  • Gerard Iribe March 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Woah, now this is what I’m talking about!!!!!

  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Sometimes there’s just nothing that beats a good old hot dog! I love chili dogs, but my most favorite are slaw dogs. Yum. I could eat one (or two) right now!

  • You know, I saw the title and the picture and my immediate thought was that REAL hot dogs come out of Chicago. Then I read your bio and voila; you proved that fact as truth. An awesome dog….from Chicago (kinda). It’s amazing. The chips are even more so. Gorgeous; delicious. (When I lived up in one of the Chicago ‘burbs I went to church in South Barrington. I know the area pretty well still).

  • patsy March 10, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Food you can eat with your hands is always more fun! I would love to dig into those potato chips, too…. I imagine that they would be so much better than the chips that dare you to eat just one!

  • Guff March 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Hot dogs–as my father used to say “Oh Boy, Lips and Ears!” And sometimes, there is nothing better. Grilling season is coming, once the waters recede.

  • Michelle March 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Yum!! This looks like a perfect meal to me!

  • Biz March 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Michelle, that looks like the perfect dinner to me! I love me some hot dogs! Do you ever go to Kooker’s on Route 14? Not only can you get a great hot dog there, but you can also get Tater Tots, which gets extra points for me!

    I’ll have to try your hot dog bun recipe this weekend. 😀

    I took a walk this morning, put on a wind breaker, got down my drive and had to go back for my winter coat – I am sick of this winter we are having – keep warm today!

  • kat March 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I’ll just take a big basket of those potato chips please…..

  • judy March 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Looks yummy! I’ll have to click on the link for the buns next.

  • Elwood March 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Chili dogs remind me of summer and baseball games..you took me right there. Yum.

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