Mexican Hot Dogs

Mexican Hot Dogs

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Step 1 On a cutting board, roll one slice of bacon around each hot dog. Place the tip of the hot dog over one end of the bacon slice, then roll the sausage around and around on the diagonal so that the bacon wraps around it and covers it entirely. If you get to the end of the hot dog and there is still some bacon left, roll back in the other direction until the whole strip of bacon is rolled around the hot dog.
Step 2 Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon-wrapped hot dogs and cook, turning every 2 to 3 minutes, until crisped and browned on all sides. Remove from the heat.
Step 3 To make the salsa especial, heat the oil in a medium skillet over medi-um heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is tender and the edges are beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato and cook for another minute or so, until the tomato has softened a bit. Stir in the jalapeños, habaneros, ketchup, and mustard and cook just until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Step 4 Preheat the oven or a toaster oven to 350°F.Open the buns but try not to separate the tops from the bottoms. Top the bottom or both halves (to taste) with cheese (break up the cheese if desired) and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the buns are lightly toasted.
Step 5 Place a bacon-wrapped hot dog on the bottom half of each bun and top with a generous amount of salsa especial. Cover with the top halves and serve right away.



Growing up in Mexico City, I used to stop at the Galan hot dog stand with my 3 older sisters on the way back home from school. We got in trouble as we would show up at meal time already full, after my mom had prepared food for the family, so my dad threatened that there would be no more homemade meals and we would just have to eat these hot dogs on the way home every day, which we weren’t upset about at all, so plan backfired. 

This is exactly how he used to make them, but I am adding habaneros to the mix because I love the heat.


  • 6 to 8 slices bacon
  • 6 to 8 turkey hot dogs
  • 2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 1 tomato seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup La Costeña diced pickled jalapeños or to taste
  • 1 cup La Costeña sliced habaneros
  • 1 ½ cup ketchup
  • 6 to 8 hot dog buns
  • 6 to 8 thick slices american or cheddar cheese


 Pati jinich
Pati jinich

Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati is host of the 3x James Beard Award-winning PBS television series “Pati’s Mexican Table” and the PBS primetime docuseries “La Frontera.” She is resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and a cookbook author.