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Sonoran Hot Dogs

Sonoran Hot Dog (Mexican, American Southwestern beef frankfurter sandwich)

(Mexican, American Southwestern beef frankfurter sandwich)

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Sonoran hot dogs, or dogos estilo sonora in Spanish, are a delicious, over-the-top style of serving frankfurters that originated in the city of Hermosilla in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. The popularity of these dolled-up dogs has spread to southern Arizona and beyond.

People who sell Sonoran hot dogs are called dogueros, who often serve them accompanied by grilled, roasted or fried chiles gueros, a small, mild pepper with a pale yellow-green hue. Substitute any other pepper if you wish.

Makes 6 dogos

Ingredients

  • Bolillos buns -- 6
  • Hot dogs (frankfurters) -- 6
  • Bacon -- 6 pieces
  • Chiles gueros or other spicy or mild chile pepper -- 6
  • Oil -- as needed

Toppings

  • Hot cooked pinto beans -- 2 cups
  • White onion, chopped -- 1
  • Tomatoes, cut into thin wedges -- 2
  • Pickled sliced jalapeños -- 1/2 cup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Yellow mustard

Method

  1. Prepare a grill with hot coals, or set your oven to broil. Cut a horizontal slit in the bolillos big enough to hold the hot dogs. Wrap a piece of bacon in a spiral around each hot dog to cover them from end to end. Toss the chiles gueros with a little oil. Assemble all of your topping ingredients in bowls and have them ready to serve.
  2. Grill the hot dogs on a medium-hot section of the grill or broil until the bacon is cooked through and starting to crisp. Grill the chiles gueros on a separate section of the grill to mark them on both sides.
  3. Remove each hot dog to a bolillo bun and let diners smother their dogs with whichever toppings fit their fancy. Don't forget to accompany each dog with a grilled chile.

Sonoran Hot Dog Variations

  • Regular hot dog or hoagie buns can be substituted for the bollilos buns, but it won't be quite the same.
  • Other possible toppings: Grilled onions, tomatillo salsa, ketchup, crumbled Cotija cheese, guacamole or sliced avocado. And, yes, crumbled Cheddar-flavored potato chips. It's a thing.

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