Recipe courtesy of Kevin Gillespie

Chili Slaw Dawgs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
This is one of my all-time favorite Atlanta eats: the chili slaw dog, in the style of the Varsity drive-in theater. That combination of crunchy cole slaw, crispy-skinned hot dog, and spice chili is the best in the world.


Chili Sauce



  1. Make the chili sauce: In a small saucepan, with the heat off, add the beef, chile powder, onion, garlic, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and beer. Stir to break up the beef. Add ½ cup water and stir again. Turn the heat on medium/high, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook 20- 25 minutes (add remaining water if necessary).
  2. For the slaw: In a food processor, pulse the cabbage until finely chopped. Remove the blade and sprinkle salt and sugar onto the cabbage. Stir and let rest to draw the liquid out of the cabbage, 20 minutes.
  3. Assemble the dawg: Drain the liquid from the cabbage and add the mayonnaise. Stir, check for salt and set aside. In a skillet, over low heat, add canola oil and the hot dogs. Cook until warmed through with a crispy, crackly skin. Fill each bun with a hot dog, then a layer of mustard, then a layer of chili, then onion, then slaw. This order is important! Serve immediately.