Sundance Vacations Recipes: Sonoran Hot Dog

Sundance Vacations wants to know, when you think of Arizona, what comes to mind?  Heat?  Desert? Cacti? The Grand Canyon perhaps?

Arizona is well known for the above mentioned, but one thing that may not come to mind right off the bat is the state’s amazing culinary prowess.

Located in the southwestern part of the United States, the “Grand Canyon State” is an area with rich cultural ties to Mexican cuisine.  The fact that it literally borders the country of Mexico could be a pretty obvious reason why.  As more and more Americans moved around the country and settled down in Arizona, a bit of a blending of the two cultures began.  None of these are more prominent than they are at the table.

One such example of this is the Sonoran Hot Dog.

A modern, Mexican twist placed upon the classic American Hot Dog has resulted in what has become a sort of cult favorite for many Arizonians.  This hot dog is wrapped in bacon, placed in a deliciously dense bun and then covered in beans, onions, salsa, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, mayonnaise and sometimes even mustard.  Each place has a slightly different take on the dog, but each one is equally as delicious.  If you thought hot dogs were just something you slap on a bun and slather in ketchup, think again my friend!

Sundance Vacations offers amazing destinations in the Phoenix area of Arizona, which can allow you to check out all the amazing things the state has to offer, including these fit-for-a-king franks.

Prep time is about 15 minutes and the cook time will run you about the same, once you get everything put together that is, making your total time around 30 minutes for this dish.  The recipe will make four, but since most hot dogs come in packages of 10, we’d recommend at least doubling the recipe!


For the Salsa Verde:

  • 1 lb. tomatillos, husked and washed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 fresh serrano chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup minced sweet onion
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • sea salt

For the Hot Dogs:

  • 4 tsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 all-beef wieners (fat ones work better than long ones, or use your favorite brand)
  • 4 slices extra-thin bacon
  • 4 torpedo rolls or bolillos
  • 4 Tbs. warm refried beans
  • 8 Tbs. chopped avocado (or guacamole)
  • 4 heaping Tbs. grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbs. chopped onion
  • 4 Tbs. chopped tomato
  • 4 Tbs. Salsa Verde


Preparing the Salsa Verde:

Put the cleaned tomatillos in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and allow the tomatillos to soak for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain, and puree the tomatillos in a food processor. Add the cilantro, serranos, onion, garlic sugar, and lime juice to the food processor and pulse three or four times to combine. Season with salt to taste.  Set aside and use once Hot Dogs are cooked.

Cooking the Hot Dogs:

Mix the mayo, Tabasco, and lemon juice and use a funnel to put the mayo blend in a squeeze bottle. Wrap the wieners with the bacon slices so the sausage is completely covered. Cook the wieners on a comal or flat top, rolling them over until the bacon is crunchy on all sides, about 7 minutes. Cut a pocket into the buns to form a “boat” and toast them on the grill. When the wieners are cooked, divide the beans and avocado among the four rolls, spooning them inside the pocket and spreading on either side. Spread the cheese down the middle. Using tongs put one piping-hot bacon-wrapped wiener into the pocket of each roll. Top each wiener with onions and tomatoes. Spread the Salsa Verde across the top. Apply the mayo blend in squiggles across the top of the hot dog.  Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (1 Hot Dog in a Bun): 570 calories, 35 g fat, 67.8 mg Cholestorol, 2030 mg Sodium, 20.1 g Protein, 41.3 g carbohydrates

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Sundance Vacations Recipes: Sonoran Hot Dog

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