West Virginia Hot Dog, Chili and Sweet Coleslaw

West Virginia Hot Dog, Chili and Sweet Coleslaw

What is a West Virginia Hot Dog?

A West Virginia hot dog begins with a wiener on a plain hot dog bun. Add plain yellow mustard to the wiener, then add a beanless chili sauce and top it off with sweet coleslaw and chopped onions. Different parts of West Virginia have variations but the common elements are sweet, creamy coleslaw and chili.

West Virginia Hot Dog Chili


2 Tbsp shortening
1 lb ground beef
2 tsp onions, chopped
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (can use 1/4 tsp - 1 tsp - to taste)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup of water
1 1/2 Tbsp - 3 Tbsp cracker meal

Saute ground beef, garlic and onions until browned.
Add spices and mix well.
Add about a cup of water and cook over low heat for 3 or 4 hours.
Add a little additional water occasionally to keep from sticking.
When chili is cooked, remove from heat and add 1 1/2 to 3 Tbsp of cracker meal & stir well to thicken.

Another thing that you can do is run an electric hand mixer around briefly - this makes for a finer ground meat texture & is closer to the “real thing”.

After the first batch you may want to vary (slightly) the blend of peppers and cumin,
the cinnamon is critical but your chili should never have a cinnamon taste.

This chili freezes well.

West Virginia Hot Dog Coleslaw


2 cups grated cabbage
1/4 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup Miracle Whip
1 Tbsp lemon juice (bottled is OK)
2 Tbsp white granulated sugar
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
salt & pepper to taste

After the cabbage and carrots are grated, put them a food processor and chop really fine. Mix remaining ingredients in by hand.

I haven’t been to West Virginia, but I found this interesting recipe on a Google search.

I make pulled pork and serve it on buns with cole slaw, so this looked really good. I’ve been known to have a chili dog with sauerkraut on top, so this isn’t that different.