23 hot dogs you've got to try right now


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We rounded up 23 hot dog recipes inspired by flavors from across the U.S. and beyond. Are your grills and appetites ready because these are ready for you just in time for the Fourth of July weekend! 


1. Sweet Pork & Tomatillo Ranch Hot Dogs

Le Creme de la Crumb 

Le Crème de la Crumb whipped up some sweet pork in the slow cooker and had leftovers. Simply scoop some over a couple of hot dogs and drizzle some creamy tomatillo ranch dressing over the whole thing. It's so meta.


2. Choripan or Chorizo Hot Dog with Chimichurri Sauce

Laylita's Recipes 

Laylita's Recipes rocks this choripan recipe. It's a traditional Argentinean street food or BBQ style sandwich made with grilled chorizo and chimichurri sauce. She had as at chimuchurri really.


3. Tex-Mex Hot Dog

Country Cleaver 

Country Cleaver goes all out with this one. She toasts the hot dog buns and tops the hot dog with roasted corn, pinto beans, red onion, bell pepper, salsa, cilantro and Darigold-brand Mexican Crema. Devour immediately, she says. Right away, we say.


4. The Tennessee Smoky Hot Dog

Nibble Me This 

Nibble Me This was challenged to come up with the ultimate ball park hot dog. The regional hot dog popular in East Tennessee, North Carolina and a lot of the South is an "all the way dog" — with slaw, chili, diced white onion and yellow mustard. Nibble Me This grilled some cabbage before making the slaw, and caramelize the onions for deliciously smoky results.


5. Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dog

Country Cleaver 

We can't resist fusion done right, so here's Country Cleaver again, this time with a Philly cheesesteak hot dog.


6. Detroit-Style Coney Island Hot Dogs

From Away 

Malcolm Bedell, one half of the delicious food blog From Away, explains that if you’re in Detroit and searching for a hot dog, what you’re looking for is a “Coney Island,” a term that describes both this chili-soaked dog as well as the establishment that serves them. The Detroit delicacy has almost no direct connection to New York’s fabled Coney Island, he explains. So what's a Detroit-style Coney Island? A beef and pork hot dog with a natural casing for plenty of snap, ladled with copious amounts of beanless beef chili, a squeeze of yellow mustard and sprinkled with raw, white chopped onions. We'll take two to go, please.


7. Asian Slaw Dogs with Sriracha Mayo

The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie 

The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie whips up a quick-and-easy Asian style slaw. Shred some cabbage, grate some carrots and mix in soy sauce, ginger, a little Hoisin sauce for some sweetness and some lime juice to brighten things up. Top this baby with Sriracha mayo, and we're talking crazy good hot dogs, people. Crazy good.


8. Colombian Hot Dogs (Perro Caliente Colombiano)

My Colombian Recipes 

My Colombian Recipes recalls the hot dog stands of Colombia's second-largest city, Medellin, and explains that this recipe is very popular there.Colombians prefer to boil their hot dogs, rather than grill them, and toppings include coleslaw, pineapple sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and even potato chips.


9. Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Hot Dogs with Pineapple Salsa

Damn Delicious 

Damn Delicious wraps some hot dogs in crisp bacon, and tops with a refreshing salsa and a sweet teriyaki drizzle.


10. The Welsh Dog

Good Press 

Guest blogger Kara Glenn shared her recipe for hot dog on the food blog Good Press. Glenn explains that, for holidays, her family often has cook-off competitions. The rules for their hot dog competition were simple: you can use somebody else's recipe or make up your own; creativity is strongly encouraged and no modern interpretations of a hot dog would be turned away. One of the entries was this Welsh hot dog: beef hot dog on a potato bun, smothered in beer cheese sauce (made with Irish Cheddar and Pumpkin Beer) and topped with caramelized onions. Holy moly. Can we come over and eat?


11. Classic Corn Dogs and Cheese-on-a-Stick

The Pioneer Woman 

If you're all about going big or going home, then you'll have to check out this corn dog recipe from the Pioneer Woman. It's decadent. You want to try these at least once in your life, but don't make it a habit if you value your arteries. They are so not good for you. But… if you have any leftover batter, Pioneer Woman recommends you make perfect pancakes the next day.


12. Thai-Style Hot Dogs

Taste and Tell 

After Deborah, the food blogger behind Taste and Tell, made Thai Chopped Chicken Salad, she couldn’t stop thinking about how well it would translate into a hot dog. Instead of a salad, she prepared a slaw, drizzled it with peanut sauce and topped with chopped peanuts and cilantro.


13. Carolina Style Hot Dogs

Sugar Dish Me 

Hailing from North Carolina, Heather of Sugar Dish Me explains that for it to be a proper Carolina dog, you need grill it and top it with hearty beef chili — no beans! — creamy coleslaw and chopped onions. Here's the thing, though. She uses Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise for the slaw… Controversial!


14. Southern Bird Dog

She Wears Many Hats 

South Carolina prefers a bird dog. Check out this recipe featured on She Wears Many Hats. You toast a hot dog bun, sprinkle it with crumbled bacon, add a crispy chicken tender layered with the dairy section’s finest shredded cheese and topped off with some drizzled honey mustard.


15. Texas Tommy Hot Dogs


You got 30 minutes? Because that's all you need for these grilled hot dogs wrapped in bacon and cheddar cheese featured on Tablespoon.


16. Grilled Hot Dogs

Plain Chicken 

The secret to these grilled hot dogs, according to Plain Chicken, is to first make cuts at an angle in two rows down each hot dog, about half an inch apart. The cuts should look like rounded half circles. Next, marinate them with a mixture of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oil and garlic. Just pour the mixture into a large Ziplock bag, add hot dogs and let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes before throwing them on the grill for about three to five minutes total.


17. Loaded Oven Chili Dogs

Mostly Homemade Mom 

Mostly Homemade Mom makes a sort of hot dog casserole. She oven bakes the hot dogs right in a pan piled high with onions, chili and cheese. Why not?


18. The Italian Stallion

Cracking Good Egg 

Cracking Good Egg borrows this recipe for the Italian Stallion from Simply Simpatico: A Taste of New Mexico from the Junior League of Alburquerque. A cross between pizza and a hot dog, this crusty bread roll is filled with an Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, capsicum, onions and garlic, tomato sauce, mozzarella, oregano and a sprinkling of paprika.


19. Homemade Veggie Dogs

Fat Free Vegan 

For our vegan and vegetarian friends, we picked this recipe for homemade veggie dogs by Fat Free Vegan. Not all store-bought brands are disappointing. Some very tasty choices include Tivall (which are out of this world and sadly not available on this side of pond), Tofurkey and Field Roast. But if you're keeping an eye on sodium or want to avoid soy products, this recipe tastes like Field Roast, with about 40 percent fewer calories and 83 percent less fat. They’re soy-free (if you use coconut aminos), low in sodium and sugar-free.


20. Bánh Mì Hot Dogs

My Name Is Yeh 

My Name Is Yeh's recipe for this bánh mì hot dog is easy to make and a great way to jazz up the usual backyard barbecue staples.


21. Chimichurri Chorizo Dogs

Anthropologie Blog 

The Anthropologie blog is possibly the last place where we expected to find any hot dog recipe, let alone one for Mexican-style chorizo sausages covered in pickled onions, chimichurri sauce, adobo mayonnaise and roasted jalapeno salsa.


22. Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Bon Appetit 

Bon Appétit wrote a love letter to the Chicago-style hot dog and offers an excellent step by step guide on how to prepare one.  


23. Coney Island Chili Dog Sauce


Food.com featured this recipe for Coney Island Chili Dog Sauce that we could leave out. If you think the usual recipes are too sweet, then this Midwest-style Coney sauce is the one for you.