This Mexican Hot Dogs Recipe is made by wrapping each hot dog with bacon, baking them, and topping each hot dog with roasted jalapeños and pico de gallo.
In Sonora, Mexico, these hot dogs will be sold on the street and you haven’t tried a hot dog until you have tried this one! In Mexico, they are called “dogos” and are packed with flavor. Sonoran Hot Dogs typically use bolillos, but if you live in America, they can be pretty difficult to find. You have to go to a Mexican grocery store to get them. Using regular hot dog buns is just as good and when you toast them, it give the dogs the crunch that they need.
I have seen many different variations like using pinto beans, guacamole, and even pickled jalapeños. This is my version. I love making homemade pico de gallo, but you can totally buy your favorite brand at the store to make your life easier. You can make this fun by adding the toppings and making a hot dog bar for your guests.
What is a Mexican Hot Dog?
A Mexican hot dog, also known as a Sonoran hot dog, is a popular street food in Mexico and the southwestern United States. It typically consists of a hot dog wrapped in bacon and served in a bolillo roll or a hot dog bun, with a variety of toppings.
Where did this hot dog come from?
A Sonoran hot dog is a type of hot dog that originated in the Sonoran region of Mexico and has become popular throughout the southwestern United States. It typically consists of a bacon-wrapped hot dog that is grilled or griddled, served on a soft bolillo roll or hot dog bun, and topped with a variety of condiments. The Sonoran hot dog has become an iconic regional food and is often sold by street vendors or at restaurants specializing in Mexican cuisine. It is known for its flavorful combination of salty, smoky, and spicy flavors, and its popularity has spread beyond its region of origin to become a beloved dish in many parts of the United States.
Mexican Hot Dogs Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Hot dogs
- Hot dog buns
- Pico de gallo
- Your favorite condiment
See recipe card for quantities for Sonoran Hot Dog Recipe.
How to make a Mexican Hot Dogs
Heat the oven to 400°F. Tightly wrap each hot dog with a strip of bacon until most of the hot dog is covered. Transfer hot dogs to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Please the jalapeños on the side of the baking sheet as well. Roast the hot dogs and jalapeños for about 25 minutes, until the jalapeños blister and the hot dogs are browned.
Toast the buns if you wish. Take the hot dogs and jalapeños out of the oven. There will be excess oil on there so be careful. With tongs, add each bacon covered hot dog onto each bun. Top with blistered jalapeños, pico de gallo and diced cucumbers. Add your desired condiment.
Hot Dogs: There are so many delicious hot dog brands out there. My overall favorite is Applegate Farms Uncured Beer Hot Dog. Sabrett, Hebrew National and Niman Ranch are all great too. For a lower budget and tasty hot dog, try Bar S!
Hot dog buns: Traditionally, this recipe uses bolillos but hot dog buns work just as well. I love toasting them before assembling.
Bacon: Again, my favorite brand is Applegate but I also love Vande Rose Farms and Nature’s Rancher.
Jalapeños: Jalapeños are such a nice addition to this. If they are too spicy for you, you could cut up a poblano pepper or a bell pepper, and roast in the oven as well.
Pico de Gallo: You can make your own pico de gallo by dicing tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and tossing in lime juice. If you want your life to be easier, just buy it at the store.
Condiment: You can use ay condiment you want, like ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, or mayonnaise.
Mexican Hot Dogs Recipe Variations
There are many variations of the Mexican hot dog recipe, and you can customize it to your liking with different toppings and condiments. Here are a few ideas for variations on the classic recipe:
- Guacamole dog: Top your Mexican hot dogs with a generous scoop of homemade guacamole for a creamy, flavorful twist.
- Queso dog: Drizzle melted cheese sauce over your hot dog for a gooey, cheesy treat.
- Pico de gallo dog: Top your hot dog with a fresh and zesty mix of diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro.
- Taco dog: Use a taco shell instead of a bun, and top your hot dog with taco-seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, and diced tomatoes.
- Chorizo dog: Swap out the bacon-wrapped hot dog for a spicy chorizo sausage, and top it with avocado, salsa, and cotija cheese.
- Street-style dog: Take inspiration from the street vendors of Mexico and top your hot dog with crispy fried potatoes, grilled onions, and your choice of spicy salsa.
- Fajita dog: Sauté sliced peppers and onions with fajita seasoning, and top your hot dog with the mixture for a savory and satisfying meal.
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To make a Mexican hot dog, you don't need any specialized equipment beyond a few basic kitchen tools. Here's a list of the equipment you'll need:
- Grill or grill pan: You'll need a way to cook the bacon-wrapped hot dogs. A grill or grill pan works well for this.
- Toothpicks: To secure the bacon to the hot dogs, you'll need some toothpicks.
- Saucepan or microwave: If you're heating up refried beans, you'll need a saucepan or microwave-safe container to heat them in.
- Tongs: To flip the hot dogs and remove them from the grill or grill pan, you'll need a pair of tongs.
- Knife and cutting board: To prepare the toppings, you'll need a knife and cutting board to dice the tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos.
- Mixing bowl and spoon: To make the sauce, you'll need a small mixing bowl and a spoon to stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup.
- Serving dish: To serve the Mexican hot dogs, you'll need a dish or platter to arrange them on.
How to store Mexican Hot Dogs Recipe
- Allow the hot dogs to cool down to room temperature.
- Wrap each hot dog individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out.
- Place the wrapped hot dogs in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.
- Label the container or bag with the date and type of hot dog.
- Store the hot dogs in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
If you plan to store the hot dogs for a longer period, you can freeze them instead of refrigerating them. To freeze, wrap each hot dog individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in a resealable freezer bag. Label the bag with the date and type of hot dog, then store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. When ready to eat, thaw the hot dogs in the refrigerator or microwave, then reheat as desired.
Mexican Hot Dogs Recipe Top tips
- Choose the right hot dog: For the best flavor, use high-quality all-beef hot dogs or sausages.
- Use traditional Mexican toppings: The classic toppings for a Mexican hot dogs include diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and cilantro. You can also add avocado, corn, or black beans for extra flavor.
- Toast the bun: Toasting the bun gives it a nice crunch and prevents it from getting soggy. You can do this by grilling or toasting the bun on a skillet.
- Don't forget the sauce: A good sauce can take your hot dog to the next level. Try making a homemade pico de gallo or drizzling some chipotle mayo on top.
- Experiment with different cheeses: Cheese is an essential ingredient for a Mexican hot dogs. Some popular choices include shredded cheddar, queso fresco, or cotija. You can also try melting some cheese on top of the hot dog before adding the toppings.
- Consider adding a crunch: Adding some crunchy elements like crushed tortilla chips or fried onions can give your Mexican hot dogs a satisfying texture.
- Have fun with it: Mexican hot dogs are meant to be fun and flavorful, so don't be afraid to experiment with different toppings and flavor combinations.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove