Sonoran Hot Dog




My full time job as an Organ Grinder keeps me pretty busy but that's just small change. My part ...

  As you cycle around Tucson, you will come to pass hundreds of Mexican restaurants, taco stands, and hot dog carts serving a Sonoran Hot Dog. Thing is, every one of them is different and they all claim to be the best. After many samples, and some foul heartburn, I started to make my own out of the food stuffs I use.
  These are WAY easy to make and it would be great at a party letting everyone make their own at a "condiment bar".  It took about a hour to make these dogs.

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Step 1: Ingredients

hot dogs, bacon, bolillo bread, can of pinto beans, can of jalapeno/carrots, onion, avocado, lime juice, tomatoes, mayo, and tooth picks

Step 2: Prep'n the Dogs

A slice of bacon rapped around a hot dog held by a tooth pick at each end. Easy stuff!

Step 3: Prep'n the Condiments

Rinse and drain the canned goods, dice the onion and tomato, half your limes, slice up you avocado, and cut out a chunk of the bolillo bread for all the goods to rest in.

Step 4: Get'em on the Grill

For the most part you are only cooking the bacon.  I cook on low heat with the lid open.  I also recommend taking a water bottle and poke some holes in the top.  Use it if the fire flashes up on you. I use thick sliced bacon, it seems to cook better.

Step 5: Slap'em Together

I wipe on some mayo, sprinkle in some beans, add lime, the dog, stuff in the jalapeno, carrots, and avocado on the sides, put on some tomatoes, finish off with onion, and serve up...... Can I get an easy button over here?

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23 Discussions


3 years ago

I'm from a border town and moved throught southern AZ never a lime in sight unless it was also a taco truck. My 2 cents.

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Reply 3 years ago

I agree. I live in tucson, and none of the hot dog carts have limes...only the burrito and taco stands....limes do not go on Sonoran hot dogs....or any dogs.


4 years ago on Introduction

Another way to work amazing Hot Dog Twists


4 years ago

Dam it look good


8 years ago on Introduction

I have eaten a lot of different foods in Mexico hot dogs were not one of them. This is one I surely will have to try. In SD, Ca. we used to make langoosta guacamole and that used to freak peeps out. This was 30 years ago and peeps still freak when they try it.

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Guacamole with Pacific lobster( claw less lobsters caught off California) it is delicious. If you know how to make guacamole just add some lobster in with it and waalaa there it is.


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

OMG... you are reading my life! Here in la Bocana, Lobster season opens on October 1st! My closest neighbor is a Lobster Man... yum!

I love scallop cerviche... and ALWAYS with chunks of avocado... but how delicious it would be to add lobster?!?

You INSPIRE me!!!

General Zod

8 years ago on Introduction

I don't care which culture(s) this recipe applies to, the next time I have the following day off (to deal with any well-earned gastrointestinal issues) I am going to down at least four or five of these bad boys with some ice-cold cervezas.

Awesome instructable.

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8 years ago on Step 5

One of the best things about living in Phoenix is that I have a Sonoran hot dog cart no more than a mile from my house. This is a wonderful, and terrible thing.

My fav is mayo, diced tomato, beans, caramelized onion, avacado sauce (put an avacado and a chili pepper in the blender, jalapeno or hotter depending on your tastes, and blend adding water until it's about the consistency of ketchup or mustard), and grated Parmesan cheese. I'm super lucky that the cart I visit boasts freshly baked, fluffy and delicious, hot dog buns too.

This recipe looks pretty good too, but I'd leave the carrots out as they're a pretty overwhelming flavor (and caramelize the onions!).


8 years ago on Introduction

Soy de Mexico y puedo afirmar que eso no es un hotdog mexicano, eso es un mollete.

De cualquier manera se antoja comerlo.

Por cierto esta traducido con google

I'm from Mexico and I can confirm that this is not a Mexican hot dog, that's a mollete

Either way it seems to eat it.

Of course, this translated with google

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

lol... I did!

Just don't tell the street vendors in Bahia de California they don't live in Mexico. These hot dogs are a roadside favorite of ours. ;-)


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I grew up in Califas picking Avocados...... I would not dare! My complaint above is, I live in the Sonoran desert not the state of Mexico. In Southern California, the fish taco is just as diverse as my "hot dog recipe".... How many Mexicans would wrap a kosher hot dog, with bacon, on wheat bread? If you think about it, its hilarious!


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Como pensaba, al final te referias a la zona del desierto

As I thought, at the end you were referring to the desert area

u rigth this is funny =D