Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mexican hot dogs with pineapple salsa and chipotle mayonnaise

mexican hot dog with chipotle mayonnaise and pineapple salsa

When I was a young Texan, all the other kids teased me mercilessly at birthday parties and backyard barbecues because I liked to put mayonnaise on my hot dogs. I know, right—who does that? My family certainly didn’t teach me this as I come from a long line of mustard eaters and obviously, none of my friends put mayonnaise on their hot dogs either. Imagine my shame when I had to ask the hostess for a jar of mayo so I could dress my hot dog. It was terrible. But on my last trip home, however, I finally figured it out. I’m not weird at all—I’ve just been eating Mexican hot dogs my whole life.

To the uninitiated, a Mexican hot dog is a dog that’s been wrapped in bacon and fried. Sometimes it’s served in a split bolillo, but often it’s found in a regular bun as well. Toppings often include pickled jalapeños, guacamole or fresh avocado slices, beans, and generous squirts of mayonnaise, ketchup and salsa, though a dash of mustard isn’t completely unknown.

chipotle mayonnaise

Mexican hot dogs are popular in the Mexican state of Sonora—and are sometimes called Sonoran hot dogs—though you can certainly find them in other parts of the country. While Arizona has had a thriving Mexican hot dog scene for years, they have recently become quite popular in Houston as well. And that’s where I had my first Mexican hot dog—outside the Fiesta near my mom’s house. The bacon-wrapped dog was a beauty, drenched in mayonnaise and jalapeños—I had at last found my ideal dog.

Now, Texas isn’t really regarded as a hot-dog state; wrapping a slice of soft white bread around a spicy jalapeño beef sausage is more our style. But we definitely eat hot dogs, so if you’re selling them or making them, why not top them with the flavors that we love? Mexican hot dogs are perfect for Texans! They haven’t really taken New York City by storm yet—there’s only one place that I know of that serves a close approximation, so if I really want one I have to make it myself. I don’t mind, however, as what could be more simple and satisfying than a hot dog? Plus, it allows me to get a little creative with my toppings.

One of my deviations from the typical Mexican hot-dog script is I like to add a pineapple salsa on top of mine. Pork and pineapple are a classic Mexican combination and I feel the bright sweetness helps balance some of the heaviness. I also make a quick, homemade chipotle mayonnaise. This recipe is adapted from David Leite’s brilliant milk mayonnaise recipe—which uses milk instead of egg yolks to create the emulsion with oil. It’s a little softer and lighter than regular mayonnaise, which also makes an ideal companion to the richness of a bacon-wrapped hot dog.

mexican hot dog with chipotle mayonnaise and pineapple salsa

Warm days definitely signal that it’s hot-dog season. And if you haven’t had a Mexican hot dog yet, I know that you’ll love it. And heck, even if you find mayonnaise on a hot dog bizarre, when you’re eating a Mexican hot dog you just might change your mind.

What are your favorite hot-dog toppings?

Mexican hot dogs
Ingredients:
8 hot dog buns or bolillos
8 hot dogs
8 slices of bacon
1 cup of refried or ranch-style beans
Mustard
Ketchup
Chipotle mayonnaise (recipe follows)
Pineapple salsa (recipe follows)
Jalapeño pickles
1 avocado, cut into wedges

Method:
With a fork, poke a few holes into each hot dog and then wrap each hot dog in a slice of bacon. On a medium-hot griddle, cook each side of the hot dogs until bacon is crisp.

In each bun, spoon in some beans and avocado. Place bacon-wrapped hot dog in bun and then top with condiments.

Chipotle mayonnaise
(adapted from David Leite)
Ingredients:
1/3 cup cold whole milk
1 teaspoon of lime juice
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 to 1 whole chipotle chile from a can of chipotles en adobo
3/4 cup of canola oil
Pinch of salt

Method:
In a blender, mix together the milk, lime juice, garlic and chipotle chile for 30 seconds or until well blended—it will be a light pink color. With the blender on high, slowly drizzle in the oil a tablespoon at a time. The mixture should begin to thicken. Continue adding oil until it’s thick and custard like. Salt to taste. Will keep for five days in the refrigerator.

Note: It’s important to use whole milk. I tried it with buttermilk, goat’s milk and low-fat milk and it didn’t work as well as it should. Also, I found that olive oil imparted a bitter flavor, so it’s best to stick with neutral-flavored oil such as canola.

Pineapple salsa
Ingredients:
1 whole pineapple, peeled and cored and diced (2 cups of pineapple)
1 jalapeño chile, diced
1/4 of a red onion, diced (1/4 cup)
1/4 cup cilantro, diced
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Method:
Mix together all ingredients. Refrigerate for a couple of hours then serve.

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74 comments:

Maggie said...

Yum! Love the idea of pineapple salsa on hot dogs.

maewestern said...

Oh my! OH MY! I think I may have found the perfect dog! Thank you, Lisa, for this and for the chipotle mayo recipe as well. I love that stuff.

I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, and when I was in high school we'd sneak across to the discoteques in Reynosa. We'd drink and dance and then buy hot dogs from the street vendors at midnight. Funny how they knew those crazy gringo kids would be crazy about those muy delicioso hot dogs, which served a dual purpose: they satisfied our hunger and camouflaged the smell of alcohol on our breath so we wouldn't get busted by our parents!

Rebecca - TX Hill Country said...

I also eat hot dogs with mayo and I am still teased about it today! I can't wait to try this recipe! You are the BEST! Thanks!

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

this looks absolutely yummy - it is a definite must try in my northern NY home! ;)

Sarah said...

Yum! I'm making these tonight!

Deanna said...

Yum! I can't wait for my bacon to be done curing so I can make this. It has everything I love in a bun.

GunsandTacos said...

Love it, as always.

The Experiment said...

Love to hear that I'm not the only one that eats hot dogs with mayo. Anyone eat steak with mayo?

Meg said...

I grew up eating Mexican hot dogs in downtown Los Angeles, in the garment district. The vendors serve them from elaborate taco trucks all the way down to tiny wire push-carts with miniature grills precariously attached. They all come wrapped with bacon, and they also grill up sliced onions and jalapenos. I never took mine with mayo (hate it), but I love them loaded with onions, jalapenos and mustard! Yum.

The Benny's said...

You are not strange at all. Here in Québec, Canada, we eat our hot dogs steamed with mayo and coleslaw! Sometimes raw onions on top...

Haley said...

I love mayo on my hot dogs too. I do not think this is unusual.

I will be trying these when I get back to the States! Looks fabulous Lisa. Another home run!

redox said...

I saw an episode of "Food Wars" on the Travel Channel last night about two restaurants on Tucson Az. that are locally famous for Sonoran hot dogs. I never heard of these before! OMG, they look great! You can bet I'll be making these soon, thanks to your serendipitous article. Thanks so much for this.

Jimmy

Holly H. said...

These look so fantastic and summer-y - I can't wait to make them for Memorial Day (yes, my head is already onto Memorial Day). I think I may want to try these bite sized to go with the sliders I'm making and the duck deviled eggs. I have no idea why I've gone with small food for the BBQ, but that seems to be where its at.

tallmisto said...

This looks so good. I live in AZ and my husband worked at a convenience store for years in a mostly Hispanic community. He would watch the customers pile their hot dogs with mayo, pickled jalapenos, black pepper and cheese. It sounded so unusual that it had to be good. Now we pile our hot dogs the same way. Your dog has taken this to a whole other level of Mexican Hot Dog Deliciousness. I am running out to buy propane to grill up some dogs. Thank you!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Tallmisto--You can't beat it! I prefer these to chili dogs even.

heather @ chiknpastry said...

oh golly. you best believe this is the first thing going on our grill this year! i have become a huge fan of the "Chicago dog", which MUST have mustard, which i used to hate, and I'm now envisioning a "hot dog party". yup... that's my kind of party!

Mrs. L said...

Nice to know I'm not alone. I grew up with "mayo dog sandwiches" which were made with Wonder white bread, slathered with mayo wrapped around a grilled hot dog. I've been putting mayo on my hot dogs ever since. I think I know what's for lunch this weekend!

JO said...

You know, I've never really cared for mayo, but I sure like the sound of this chipotle mayo recipe.

I'm a native Central Texan and I just have to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and cooking your recipes! Your biscuit recipe is, honest to God, the first one that EVER worked for me. I had no idea whacking them with a rolling pin would do the trick. But my husband says they taste just like the Loveless Cafe's in Nashville, which I gather is high praise indeed.

And I have a loaf of your jalapeno cheese bread in the oven right now.

Thanks for being such a good source of good food.

Aaron said...

My mom, who grew up in Liberty County northeast of Houston, always put Miracle Whip and canned chili on top of the dogs she served me as a kid. Sweet memories...

Tommy said...

I was in Copenhagen in February and they serve what is called a fransk hotdog. A few variations are offered, but most are wrapped in bacon and served with a remoulade sauce. Lots of pickled stuff offered as toppings too.

Probably not too far off from your Sonoran variety, except for the jalapenos.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Heather--I love Chicago dogs, too--all those vegetables!

JO--It's good stuff! And I'm so happy y'all liked the biscuits and hope you enjoy the bread!

Aaron--Oh, wow--what a combination!

Tommy--That sounds wonderful! Did you eat at Noma when you were in Copenhagen?

Sarah M said...

This sounds so delicious!!

Tommy said...

No I didn't get to eat at Noma. Our hotel concierge mentioned it though, but I was with 3 others and we all wanted different things for different reasons.

Ate alot of open faced sandwiches while in Denmark. One thing is certain. Take lots of money and know your credit card's PIN #.

Katie @ cozydelicious said...

The pineapple salsa is totally brilliant! Mexican hot dogs have really not made it out here to the East Coast but I tried on ein Los Angeles and almost died - in a good way. Yum! I am for sure making these with the salsa on top. Love it!

Jamie said...

Here in Philly a dog wrapped in Bacon fried with cheese and jalapeños is known as a TEXAS TOMMY. I discovered this treat after moving here from NYC. It never occurred to me that it might not actually be Texan, but I would be curious to know more about the origin of the name.

Of course yours sounds more delicious, especially with the pineapple! I too love pineapple and pork. Thanks for another great post. I love reading this blog first thing in the morning. It gets me started on the right foot.

Alice said...

This looks delicious! I have always eaten hot dogs with mayonnaise, but we were made fun of because we pronounced it the Southern Mississippi way of:
My-naze. It was traumatic enough to make me learn to pronounce it the way everyone else does!

D said...

These look delicious! Will have to try it. I grew up in San Antonio (in NY now) and never had or heard of these type of Mexican hot dogs. For us, we considered our "crispy dogs" Mexican hot dogs -- corn tortilla wrapped around a weiner and fried for a few minutes in oil. But I also had to have mayo on my "American" hot dog. We added the canned chili/no beans, cheddar cheese and tomatoes on top. The combo of chili and mayo was great!

Diane

Lea Ann said...

Thank you for this post. Cannot wait to try this salsa and dog. I used to work at a strip one story office complex and the guy next door brought his grill and would grill hot dogs frequently for lunch. Bacon/jalapeno and mayo. Never thought to ask him about his method, he was obviously from Texas. Always wanted to try it and never did. Thanks for the reminder. We're just usually mustard folks or chili dogs.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

While I'm not really a hot dog "person", this does sound good! I think it ranks right up there with a Chicago-style hot dog as far as yumminess factor goes. Love the jalapenos with the chipotle mayo - and the pineapple salsa would be a delicious accompaniment!

Molly said...

Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh!!!

My son, who will turn 5 this summer, loves both hot dogs and Mexican food. We're planning a Mexican/Tex-Mex themed birthday party for the kids (both kids happen to have the same birthday.) He will go crazy for this hot dog! Yum.

Mary said...

I live in Houston and have not run into these yet! Which Fiesta?

Janet said...

I would eat that hot dog in a heartbeat.

I believe I could eat a hot dog in my sleep.

Janet

Morgan G said...

In Los Angeles, the most creative hot dog stand we have is called Pink's. You can get a Lord of the Rings dog (with the dog slipped through the rings then placed on the bun) or even a Martha Stewart dog (with bacon, tomatoes, onions, kraut and sour cream).
I say as long as it sounds like it'd go down easy with an ice cold beer, a hot dog it is indeed! Yours sounds delish.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Sarah M.--Gracias!

Tommy--Good to know!

Katie--Hopefully they arrive on the East Coast soon--it's hard not to love them!

Jamie--I love the name! Will have to try one next time I'm in Philly.

Alice--I like your way of saying it--hold on to that Southern Mississippi accent!

Diane--Another vote for chili and mayo--will definitely have to try that!

Lea Ann--Someone brought a grill to work? I'm impressed!

Tasty Eats at Home--I love Chicago dogs, too. The more toppings the merrier!

Molly--These would be perfect for your son's party!

Mary--The Fiesta at 1960 and 249.

Janet--I believe I could, too!

Morgan--I've always wanted to go to Pink's-that place is legendary!

Samantha said...

Oh my, i love naughty bacon dogs. Here in SF, primarily in my neighborhood, the Mission District-the colorful, diverse, Latino area, we have bacon hot dog carts that pop up in the evening hours and stay until after the bars close! The 2am bacon hot dog might just be my favorite food yet, topped with jalapenos, onions, ketchup and of course, mayo! Just follow the smell and you'll find a cart!

Joanna said...

Holy crap that looks amazing! They have a bacon-wrapped hot dog at Crif Dogs that is my favorite late night snack (er...meal) EVER. It's much simpler, though, I think the only toppings are avocado and sour cream. Never thought to recreate it myself - or add more toppings - but I will have to give it a shot!

amanda said...

I have been eating mayo on my hot dogs since I was little. I didn't know that was considered an oddity until I got to college!

Rhonda said...

I feel vindicated now since I was the only one eating the miracle whip on my hot dog growing up, and still do. The boy scouts didn't have any last fund raiser and I was seriously bummed and got some serious looks. Never thought to put the pineapple salsa on one, though I have on a hamburger. Maybe the bumped up mayo will please the guys.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Hubba hubba! I'm a Chicago Hot Dog gal, but these just might tempt me to change my ways.

Heidi said...

As a MD girl who recently moved to Texas, I am thoroughly enjoying exploring the whole Tex Mex food culture. I had not idea that I would like it so much. Good bye crabs, hello queso. BTW, my husband, and now my kids, put peanut butter on their hot dogs. The first time I brought my boyfriend (now husband) to a family picnic, he had the nerve to ask for peanut butter for his hot dog!

Marjorie said...

I love a hot dog once in a while. I will definitely try this recipe.
I have a great chipotle mayo recipe that I got from Tyler Florence. He served it with fish tacos.

1 cup of mayo, 1 cup sour cream, 3 chipotles in adobe sauce, 2Tsp adobe sauce, 2 Tsp lemon juice, 1tsp salt. Mix all ingredients in blender. It is great with chicken and steak tacos as well.

Transforming Texan aka Jean said...

Born and raised in Texas..only and always have mayo on my dog!!! My parents were raised in San Antonio..could be they were eating Mexican hot dogs all along!! My daughter now only eats this way too!!

Chis S said...

Every time I go to Los Angeles, I look for the Hot Dog vendors (and they're on EVERY corner) I get my hot dog wrapped in bacon with grilled onions and jalapenos. YUMMMMM!!!!!

Louisa S said...

I lived in Denmark for a while-- they LOVE mayo on hot dogs. And katchup, 3 kinds of mustard, remoulade, a weird katchup/mayo hybrid, chopped onions, fried onions, pickles, yum! Seriously, the Danes know how to do it right.

This looks just as delish. Will definitely give it a whirl.

Anna@Tallgrass Kitchen said...

I'm 9 months pregnant, and this....looks....awesome!

Have you ever seen the PBS special on hot dogs? I'm normally not the biggest hot dog fan, but after watching that special (and seeing this recipe), I think I could eat several.

Terry (aka) Big Daddy said...

Man that looks good...

B.D.

Traveling Spork said...

Ahh, thank you. My parents and I love mayo on hot dogs... even better with sliced tomato. And, we're Mexican ( well, my mom may as well be Mexican.)The world makes sense again.

Julie said...

Now that's a fancy dog! I'd love to sink my teeth into one of those.

Jessica @ The Cooking Chick said...

This looks delicious. Love the sweet and spicy variation. I can't wait to try it.

Being from Chicago, I love the Chicago hotdogs with mustard, a pickle spear and celery salt. It just makes me think of summer!

SeattleDee said...

OMG, this is a died-and-gone-to-heaven recipe. My typical dog sports mayo, sweet pickles, chopped onions and occasionally kraut or chili. But now I'm ready for a bacon-wrapped version... think I'll skip the pineapple though.

Abby said...

Nah, you're just a Tar Heel at heart. I had two hot dogs for lunch today - slaw dogs, that is. Mayo, mustard, onions and slaw. Yummo.

John said...

I guess the question has to be what can't you put on a dog? I'm sure someone does the chocolate cherry dog, how low does it go?

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Samantha--I'll definitely have to get one next time I'm in SF!

Joanna--I love Crif Dogs!

Amanda--It's definitely a unique choice to some!


Rhonda--Now, I've never thought to put pineapple salsa on a burger. I'll definitely have to try that!

Denise--They're definitely a contender!

Heidi--Peanut butter? Very interesting!

Marjorie--I'll have to try that--sounds quick and good!

Jean--Perhaps!

Chris S.--Mmmmm, grilled onions!

Louisa--That dog sounds amazing!

Anna--I have not seen the special but I'll keep an eye out for it. And congrats on the addition to your family!

B.D.--Gracias!

Traveling Spork--Glad the world makes sense again!

Julie--Please do!

Jessica--I'm a big fan of spicy and sweet myself.

SeattleDee--The bacon takes it over the top!

Abby--I had no idea! And I've never even been to NC!

John--True.

l.kpm said...

Mayo, mustard, AND ketchup; topped with sauerkraut. The same for cheeseburgers, minus the kraut - with pickles.

Bacon and pineapple salsa sounds a most worthy combination.

AndreaRinEgypt said...

Having grown up in Tucson, Arizona, I love me a good Sonoran hot dog. I will be the first thing I eat when I go home from Egypt. I love the addition of mango. Thanks for your lovely blog - I helps me to reminisce about all the lovely tex-mex, south western, and Mexican food I miss. Cheers!

Melissa said...

My Mexican SIL introduced me to the bliss that is that Mexican hot dog. Bacon wrapped, mayo and topped pico de gallo. It's my all time favorite way to eat a hot dog now. Can't wait to try your pineapple salsa.

Weekend Cowgirl said...

Hot Dogs are one of my favorite things so I will be trying this one next time I throw some on the grill! I will invite my good friend who loves them even more than me!

Mark Scarbrough said...

When I was a kid, I ate mayo on hot dogs and hamburgers, too. My mother--ever the genteel Dallasite--was horrified. But my hick roots just wouldn't be denied. I wanted mayonnaise. She always looked at me as a kid and said, "I reared you better than that." (You can tell her genteel roots because she refused to say "raised," used "reared" instead.)

Rosetta said...

As a fellow Texan (who is still in Texas), I love your blog!

We had a variation of these for supper. I put them in flour tortillas instead of buns. I wouldn't recommend using thick sliced bacon, because it was difficult to get the inside (against the hotdog) cooked. Otherwise, these were delicious!

Mrs Galvan said...

Made these for dinner tonight! They were AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jessi said...

Yeah I still get flack for eating Miracle Whip on hot dogs, but it is just so yummy! I can't wait to try this one

Kevin said...

Now that is a nice way to enjoy a hot dog!

Judith B. said...

Made these last week - EXCELLENT -
will make at least once a month - not too hot and the pineapple gives them a nice balance of flavors. I thought my husband was going to get sick - he ate too many but loved every bite.

Class factotum said...

I lived in Chile for two years, where they put mayo on their french fries. I was grossed out at the idea until I actually tried it. Then I had to put myself on a FF moratorium (Chile has wonderful potatoes) because my pants were getting tight and as a Peace Corps volunteer, I didn't have the money to buy more.

I am not crazy about hot dogs, but I think I will try a bacon-wrapped bratwurst soon.

Christine Culley said...

This is a recipe idea I would have never thought to try. May have too, but thinking this will be an adult fav and the kids will be fussy. We shall see.

Thanks for posting this.

Christine

smartypantz32 said...

Growing up in Georgetown, TX and now living in Belton, hot dogs have to be Taylor Meat wieners with lots of Miracle Whip and onions. Sometimes we add jalapenos, chili and cheese but they always have Miracle Whip and onions.

Taylor Meat wieners are firm and very red; they are good boiled but are best grilled with a little char on them!

Sounds like I need to make a run to HEB so we can have hot dogs and Shiner for supper.

Jono Tosch said...

Yum. That looks great. I like tuna salad in a hotdog bun. Like so:

http://oilchanges.blogspot.com/2010/01/shoe-string-fries-and-tuna-mayo.html

Thanks for being awesome.

Jono

Hilah said...

Good Golly! You just blew my hotdog loving mind. You are a badass cooker! Thank you!!!

rlo said...

thank god for your post! i like mashing my avocado up and adding mayo with it and having that as my hot dog topping. And if i'm in a hurry then a good squirt of mayo is a plenty --i got weird looks too, but now i have a culinary backing ;)

the pineapple salsa looks divine. time to try it out!

Theodore said...

Having backpacked around Peru, Chile, and Argentina, I associate hot dogs covered with miscellany with South America. Chileans in particular seem to be really into putting pretty much every kind of other food on top of a hot dog... we saw hot dogs that had tiny french fries on top of them in a number of cities, in addition to the usual avocado, all sorts of condiments, cheese, and more. Mayo, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce - these were standard.

I returned from my travels thoroughly unimpressed with the American version, I have to say.

Grapefruit said...

OMG - pineapple AND chipotle.
I'm bookmarking this to try later. Thanks for sharing!

BAEagen said...

I too am a Homesick Texan. I've been living in exile for 29 years in Buffalo NY. (third iceberg from the right) Your recipe looks amazing and will find it's way into my kitchen. I have to tell you that a few years ago, we stopped at one of the local hot dog stands. I took a deep breath and ordered a chili dog with onions and mayo. They guy working the grill spun around, looked at me and stated "You're from Texas" Being rather taken aback I said yes, I was. He then told me that in 17 years of owning the hot dog stand, he had THREE people order their dogs my way, and ALL three were from Texas!! Now when we stop for dogs, he just laughs when I place my order.

2 find a meaning said...

oh thank God I'm not the only one that must have mayo on my hot dog!!!! I always mix it with ketchup and mustard, but the BEST hot dog I've ever had was from a hot dog cart outside Hermosillo, Mexico. Guac, mayo, chilis and the works! thanks for the recipes!

b said...

I've just always loved the taste of mayonnaise with hot dogs, I just realized that it was the Mexican way and I'm Mexican!

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