tijuana dogs


Every spring I get these bizarre cravings for hot dogs. I’m not sure if it is the constant grilling fumes, wafting into our apartment or the constant Brewers that grace our computers during the summer. (I swear the Brewers play 7 games a week.) Baseball = hot dogs, right?

I say bizarre becauseĀ hot dogsĀ just really aren’t my thing. But for some reason I’ve got to have at least one a year. I won’t settle for a plain hot dog though – last year we topped our dogs with peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, etc but this year I opted for something a little different. The ever-popular Tijuana Dog. Tijuana Dogs are typically wrapped in bacon and then topped with a variety of toppings, similar to what you would see on a taco. I know that bacon-wrapped hot dogs sounds ridiculously un-healthy but in reality, the bacon adds 35 calories. I can handle that. :)

I even went so far as to make my own buns. They didn’t turn out (operator error of the mixer, no fault to the recipe) so I ate mine sans bun, but to be honest, I’m not a huge bun fan so I was happy with dog + toppings.

I loved this twist on hot dogs – I might even have to fit them into the menu again this summer.

Tijuana Dogs - 4 servings – inspired by Serious Eats

  • 4 hot dogs (kosher or grass-fed beef are best in my mind)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 hot dog buns (I made my own from Annie’s Eats recipe)
  • toppings: caramelized onions, tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, queso fresca

Wrap hot dogs with bacon on the diagonal, overlapping if necessary.

Grill until bacon is cooked through.

Prepare toppings and top as desired!

10 Comments (Reply )

  1. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    I am not a big hot dog lover but this does look good!


  2. Amy
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    i loveee hot dogs. they are just so good!! homemade buns too? im sure those are amazing!! hot dogs always remind me of summer!


  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    This looks fabulous. I love hot dogs — especially when they are loaded with toppings!


  4. Karis' Kitchen
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    I can totally relate to the feeling that the Brewers play every day of the week. It seems like traffic is always tied up around Miller Park! Drives me crazy. Although I do enjoy tailgating, so I’m glad I live close-by :)


    • Emily
      Jun 01, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

      I’m so glad I’m not alone!


  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    I love your new look!

    I will absolutely be trying this. Once the warm weather hits, I am a slave to burgers and hot dogs. Just park me next to the grill…


    • Emily
      Jun 01, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

      Thank you Rachel! :)
      I love grilling season – no clean up, so easy, etc.!


  6. Marnie
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    LOVE the new look of the site sweets!


  7. McKayla @ Green Groats
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    I’m impressed that you tried making buns (even if they didn’t turn out right)!
    I’m with you on all the toppings! I’m a huge fan of caramelized onions. LOVE them!


  8. Tracey @ Veggies, Cake & Cocktails
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:00 am

    I’m going to show this to my husband. He will love it (minus the tomato)! We both love topping food with jalapenos gives everything such a great flavor. He actually created a shrimp sandwich which he topped with pickled jalapenos and it was great!

    Can’t wait to make this tijuana dog for him!


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