By Sarah Bellum
Today, July 30, is National Chili-Dog day. Well, actually the last Thursday in July is National Chili-Dog day so grab some antacids and celebrate.
If you want to stick strictly to "July 30," it's also National Father-in-Law Day. So there is the option of taking a chili-dog to "Dad," but that's up to you. He probably deserves a little more upscale lunch.
Also known as a Coney dog or chili con carne, the first person to make a chili dog probably tried it around the turn of the 20th Century.
Even then it was likely a meat and tomato sauce, not the full-on firehouse chili we know today.
Chili dogs are a meal all on their own. Invite friends and family to create colossal and delicious chili dogs with all their favorite toppings.
Host a chili cook-off and supply the franks, buns, and special toppings for the judges to add to their chili dog. Crown the winner with bragging rights.