Desparately seeking recipe for former Ed's hot dog chili

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Raised in Dothan

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Jan 19, 2008
 
My folks used to take me to Ed's to eat hot dogs (world famous to be certain) and now 50 years later, I still savor the taste of his chili. I have tried unsucessfully to duplicate it and hold out hope that someone out there has it to share
Please, please, please.
ed jr

Dothan, AL

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Mar 18, 2008
 

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boil hamburger meat. stir till fine. add black pepper and garlic salt.
Gaile

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Jul 6, 2008
 

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I was raised in Dothan too - I don't remember Ed's - but have the recipe for the hot dog chili at Nip & Ernies - maybe similar. 1 pound hamburger - 1/2 cup water - 3 T chili powder - salt, pepper, garlic salt to taste. Cook all together in a saucepan - mixing as it cooks (yes, raw hamburger and water - weird - but it works!). That was the recipe - I add some Worchestershire sauce, about 1/2 t of dry mustard, and a little catsup to make it like the hot dog chili I remember. You will love this!
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Aug 21, 2008
 
Secret: The bun was whole (unsliced). Son Tom Posey would slice the buns and put in the steamer. They used Kelly hot dogs weiners not the expensive Oscar Meyer type. Also the hamburger meat was ground with a 25% mixture of lean mild pork sausage. I don't have the specific spices but we know chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Also add a little white vinegar 1 or 2 tsp. Another secret was they came with only mustard.(I can see Mr. Edd take the wooden dowel and swipe the mustard on the bun right now) Or "all the way" with mustard and fresh minced onion. Some people would add ketchup but is was not standard. Another secret, on to go orders the hot dogs were wrapped in wax paper which steamed the bun further and combined the taste. Also, the weiner was only warmed in hot water and not overcook where it would bust open. I have seen them take the weiners out of the fridge and drop in the hot water for a minute and continue making hot dogs. Hope these details help you recapture the World's Best Hot Dog.
Kathy

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Aug 24, 2008
 
I was born and raised in Midland City and ate plenty of Ed's hot dogs, until my grandpa opened his own hot dog stand in town. I have his chili recipe...Pretty similiar to Eds. I will tell you you mix ground pork and ground beef together, boil and add your spices.
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Feb 3, 2009
 
Thanks so much for those who have helped me close this gap. Childhood memories of Ed's may have been exaggerated in my mind over the years but I can't seem to duplicate the taste I remember. Could be that we ate out seldom, and Ed's was a real treat as a child. Try out the oyster bar and hot dog place on old Headland Hwy in Dothan (Just across the tracks from Montgomer Hwy, old gas station and looks a bit rough). The owner remembers Ed's and told me that he used 10 lbs. finely ground beef to 1 lb. finely ground pork sausage so this seems to collaborate other input.
Thanks again to all who responded
Grant Evans (mother was a Redding from Headland). Rasied in Dothan and have lived in Maryville, TN for a long time. Can't leave the mountains)
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Feb 23, 2009
 

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My father worked at Ed's place for 38 some odd years, shucking oysters and talking with everyone. The recipes already listed are as close our family can remember, but didn't every know about the sausage.
Billy minniefield

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I remember Ed's. And I also remember the dirty looks I used to get if I went through the front door and especially if I sat down to eat with white customers.
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Jan 29, 2010
 
The real "Nip and Ernie's" chili recipe is a family secret and has never been given to anyone. Nip was my Grandfather.
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Dothan, AL

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Feb 3, 2010
 
I agree with granddaughter. I only know one Howard family member who has the recipe and she ain't telling.She does make the chili for me sometimes but she won't tell me the secret recipe. It's just like I remember.
new bride 30 years age

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Feb 5, 2010
 

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was given a Down Home Cookbook,copyright 1980. On page 112 the "secret recipe of Nip and Ernie's Hot Dog Chili was apparently given to the The Houston Academy Library Committee. ERNIE'S HOT DOG CHILI, ERNIE EDWARDS
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May 31, 2010
 
Raised in Dothan wrote:
My folks used to take me to Ed's to eat hot dogs (world famous to be certain) and now 50 years later, I still savor the taste of his chili. I have tried unsucessfully to duplicate it and hold out hope that someone out there has it to share
Please, please, please.
Did you ever get the recipe?
SallieB

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May 31, 2010
 
Did you ever get the recipe?
SallieB

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May 31, 2010
 
Is there more to the recipe?
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May 31, 2010
 
Kathy wrote:
I was born and raised in Midland City and ate plenty of Ed's hot dogs, until my grandpa opened his own hot dog stand in town. I have his chili recipe...Pretty similiar to Eds. I will tell you you mix ground pork and ground beef together, boil and add your spices.
Is there more to the recipe?
SallieB

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May 31, 2010
 
new bride 30 years age wrote:
was given a Down Home Cookbook,copyright 1980. On page 112 the "secret recipe of Nip and Ernie's Hot Dog Chili was apparently given to the The Houston Academy Library Committee. ERNIE'S HOT DOG CHILI, ERNIE EDWARDS
I collect out-of-state cookbooks? Where may I get a copy of the "Down Home Cookbook" ? Is that the official title of the cookbook?
Craig

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Jun 26, 2010
 
I grew up in Headland and had Ed's hotdogs many times over the yrs and I agree with everyone else those dogs and that chilli was the best ever and I wish someone would open another hotdog place there or somewhere that would duplicate those dogs again. I so miss them and I have now lived in NC for many yrs.
Ben Chalker III

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Jun 26, 2010
 
My granny use to take me and my cousins to Nip and Ernie's. I remember in the late 60's. They also use offer for a drink the "Roll Tide" or the "War Eagle". It was such great times at Nip and Ernie's and at Ed's Hot Dogs in Headline, AL.
Ben Chalker III

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Jun 26, 2010
 
Sorry, I meant Headland, AL.
Shelley

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Aug 8, 2010
 
Does anyone remember what kind of hot dogs that edd used? I seem to remember that they were kind of red in color... but I was young but still remember my grandfather james 'termite' Shelley taking me in there for lunch and begging him to order me a hot dog without the 'dreaded' mustard on it. The best part was the chili... can't wait to try the recipe. that will truly bring back memories.

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