National Chili Dog Day - July
Thu, Jul 27, 2023

National Chili Dog Day

National Chili Dog Day is celebrated on the last Thursday of July. On the one hand, a chili hot dog cannot be called a summer meal, but if you really want to please yourself with something tasty but not too healthy, fast food will solve the problem. Many lovers of this claim this is a unique case when food chooses a person and it is impossible to resist.

The History

According to culinary historians, its history is the most confusing. According to one version, the dish appeared on Coney Island in Brooklyn, but according to another, it appeared in Los Angeles. There is a third version that the dish appeared in Chicago. Not surprisingly, it is impossible to pinpoint exactly where the hot dog originated.

However, historians prefer to stick to the version that the hot dog was invented by Charles Feltman, who sold his creation from his own van in the mid-19th century. His sales were so successful that after some time, he opened his own shop, where he sold almost 4,000 hot dogs. Gradually, the popularity of street food declined as the quality of the meat and other ingredients raised concerns. It is believed it was low quality products that led many to use chili sauce.

Interesting Facts

  • Mentions of sausages are present even in Homer’s Odyssey.
  • The most popular toppings are mustard and ketchup.
  • Hot dogs are on the list of the most popular space food.
  • In America, summer is considered hot dog season.
  • The record for fastest eater is 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

How to take part

Of course, eat your own hot dog! If you don’t want to waste time, buy a ready-made one and enjoy. Summer and fast food are two great occasions to throw a party. Don’t be afraid of judgment; if you like chili hot dogs, eat them.

When is National Chili Dog Day celebrated in 2023?

National Chili Dog Day is observed on the last Thursday in July each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday July 27 2023
Thursday July 25 2024
Thursday July 31 2025
Thursday July 30 2026

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