Beanless chili on a dog, because on a dog its a thick sauce and not a stew. Beans would unbalance the chili on a dog. I wouldnt refuse a beaned up chili dog but it wouldn’t be my preference. [:)]
I prefer beanless on a dog. At the risk of adding to an age old raging issue, I just got back from cooking at the Terlingua International Chili Cook Off in Texas and met more than a couple Texans, both native and more recent converts to the religion, that had never heard of chili w/o beans. As an East Coast cook I’ve been told over and over that no self respecting Texan would eat, or cook beans in chili, though I’ve personally come to enjoy it both ways. Having ventured south of I10 now, the reality seems a little different, at least to non-purists perhaps.
My question now would be whether the beanless thing is more true of older generations, while younger folk have come to accept the otherwise noble legume in the bowl of blessedness?
Vayo con Queso
Chili on hot dogs should have some beans, not a lot, but some. Also, you can’t have a good chili dog without yellow mustard, dill pickles, chopped onion and shredded cheese.[:D][:D]
Lentils on hot dogs….hmmm….combine that with my idea of a Spanish-American War themed hot dog place, and I think we have a winner!
Move over Ben’s Chili Bowl, there’s a new wiener slinger in town!
We’ll call the lentil topped hot dog, "The Armada Dog."
…and I’ll have an imitation lobster topped dog, and call it "USS Maine Dog." (imitation lobster, ’cause we all know the truth about the Maine)
We’ll get a liqour license and sell Mojitos. It’ll be the only place in the city that sells hot dogs and mojitos together in one combo meal.
ahhh….I can see the headlines "The Armada sinks the competition…in other news, DC health officials worried about recent spike in sewage at water treatment facility"
While I prefer beanless chili, I’ll eat it with. However, when it comes to hot dogs, it’s gotta be beanless.
Beans no more belong on hot dogs than lentils, limas, or sweet peas.
I think we missed something.. not beans in chili, but the chili you put on hot dogs.
In my area, Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, most chili is made with beans. But chili that
is placed on a hot dog is beanless.
Beans in chili is the norm around here… Again, probably the regional thing…
The period only accentuates your ignorance of regional cooking.
If there were no beans in chili anywhere at anytime, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.Obviously there are beans in chili in many places.
So, the "many" you mention must be the many ignorami.
As many have said:
there are no beans in chili….period.
No beans, please!!!!! But add cheese to my chili-dog experience…..and many, many napkins!!!
Hello all ,
I tend to gauge my hot dog experience by getting at least one chili dog at each stop . Needless to say on the 05 Jersey Hot Dog tour I had 8 or so chili dogs . Not all of course are created equal .
I still have to go with Coney Islands in Middletown , Hot Grill and Mannys Texas Weiners as the highlights of the last few years.
None had beans .
Not to say there is anything wrong with that
While food orthodoxy dictates that Chili is a sans beans dish, and a fact not to be trifled with by the Great Unwashed, in Central New Jersey, going back about 45 years or so, one would be hard-put to find a can of chili on the grocery shelf that indeed had no beans in it.
Chili WAS beans, at least to us.
This was foreign food. If grocery stores had an International section back then, the chili would be there. And if it had no beans, we’d feel cheated: "Hey, Mr. Storekeeper…there ain’t no beans in this chili. What’s the big idea?"
Accepting chili with no beans would be like buying a Mounds when, for the same price, you could get it with two almonds in an Almond Joy. In other words, we felt we deserved the beans. There was very little less is more back then.
In my neighborhood, Italian food was…now get ready for this…Franco American or Chef Boyardee.And aside from pizza and an Italian hot dog, that’s what I thought it was, practically until the time I left for college.
Little did I know that if I traveled a few blocks I could have learned the finer points about the proper sauce (or gravy, depending on which specific neighborhood) to put on your macaronis.
But the closest I got to eating pasta was when my Mom made beef goulash with wide Goodman’s noodles. Potatoes and bread were our carbohydrates of choice.
Don’t worry. I’ve since made up for said deprivation. Now, I like a little pesto here, a bit of broccoli rabe there. Ooh, and you should hear me order. "Another helping of polenta, por favor."
Yep, chili had beans, if you please. But while maybe someone made a big culinary faux pas about the chili, not so for the kielbasi. That was serious business.
I knew folks who could steer you to kielbasi in Harrison that was slightly better than the kielbasi in Newark, but maybe not as good as the kielbasi in Clifton.
The discussion might then lead to a debate on whether to age said kielbasi hanging on the back porch or in the pantry.
But wrong or right, Chili had beans in it. And now it doesn’t. It’s getting to be everything’s like that nowadays. Next thing you’ll be telling me, Horn & Hardart is closing its Automats.
Esparza’s Tex-Mex cafe has all meat chile(Texas style)
It is hard to find canned all-beef chile so I have tended to eat beans in the chile con carne I eat at home. Like all beef chile but I really have not found that many places that serve it out here.
I like to have beans in all different incarnations of my chili (beef, turkey, veggie, etc) but on hot dogs, I like the saucey all-meat variety, just like they serve at Ben’s in DC.
The idea that something called chili can never have beans in it is about as provincial and silly as it gets.
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