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Southern-style Chili Dog

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  • The secret to a good chili dog is definitely the chili, but don't forget the mustard and slaw.

      The secret to a good chili dog is definitely the chili, but don't forget the mustard and slaw.
    Alicia Ross/Kitchen Scoop

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Hands down, the best (and for me, the only) way to eat a hog dog is with mustard, chili and coleslaw.

It's been more than a few years since I chowed down on hot dogs, but the NMF (new male friend) was craving them after spending a beautiful and surprisingly warm Saturday afternoon outside.

Always eager to feed my friends well, I knew what I'd be making -- Southern-Style Hot Dog Chili! I figured it was a perfect time to reacquaint myself with an old favorite and impress a new friend in the process.

Yep, Southern-Style Hot Dog Chili is a classic. Even if hot dogs aren't really your thing, you can hardly resist them with this amazing chili. It's equally delicious on hamburgers and baked potatoes, too.

A similar version of this recipe was printed in "Desperation Entertaining!" (Workman, 2002), but over the years I adapted the original recipe to this richer version. It makes almost a quart, so it's great to freeze for future hot dog cravings, and it will store for up to six months.

So go ahead and cook up a batch. It may be the dead of winter now, but before you know it, summer cookouts will be in full swing.

Suggested menu: Southern-Style Chili Dogs With Slaw, potato chips and sweet iced tea.

• Contact Alicia Ross at Kitchen Scoop, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or tellus@kitchenscoop.com. More at the Kitchen Scoop website, kitchenscoop.com.

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