Over the weekend I had a hot dog and it reminded me of the hot dog stands in the Midwest. For some reason they are big in the Midwest but not out East. In the Midwest we had storefronts that just sold hot dogs. 20-30 different varieties of hot dogs. One of my favorite hot dogs was a southwestern hot dog. So delicious.

Spicy and awesome with a nice hit of refreshing sour cream.
Spicy and awesome with a nice hit of refreshing sour cream.

I was discussing my favorite dog with my friends and they said it sounded gross. Who would want sour cream on a hot dog. With the spiciness of the peppers and salsa, the sour cream is a welcome addition.

Southwestern Hot Dogs

  • 2 Natural Casing Hot Dogs – I love the snap and taste of these dogs.
  • 2 Hot dog buns – Recipe here if you would like to make your own.
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa – I like mine hot
  • 1/2 cup favorite taco cheese – I used a premixed Mexican blend as it was on sale.

Going on how they make them back in the midwest I utilized a pot of boiling water to cook the dogs.  I then placed the buns in a steamer basket over the water.  This allowed the hot dogs to get piping hot and for the buns to get steamed.

Next cut the jalapeno into slices.

Four ingredients make the best toppings for a hot dog
Four ingredients make the best toppings for a hot dog

Remove the bun from the steamer basket and place on a plate.  The steamed bun is key, it prevents the hot dog from cooling too quickly.  A cold hot dog is not a tasty hot dog.  OK, it is still tasty, just not as tasty as it could be.

Don't oversteam the bun.  Only takes about a minute to make the bun soft and delcious.
Don’t oversteam the bun. Only takes about a minute to make the bun soft and delcious.

Slather the bun with sour cream.  It takes more than you would think.  Remember it sounds gross but it is amazing and it will help cool your mouth down from the heat of the peppers and salsa.  Now place a layer of Jalapenos on the bun.

Hot and cold come together
Hot and cold come together

Now remove a piping hot, hot dog from the water.  Place on the bun and cover with salsa.

Make sure to remove the hot dog from the water just before you serve so that it is hot.
Make sure to remove the hot dog from the water just before you serve so that it is hot.

Now cover with cheese and you have the tastiest hot dog around.

Best hot dog ever, ok it is missing bacon but otherwise best hot dog ever!
Best hot dog ever, ok it is missing bacon but otherwise best hot dog ever!

Spicy and delicious.

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3 Comments

  1. Rob Bednarz Reply

    Sounds taste, will have to try. You should also post the Chicago Dog. We usually use Koegel Viennas for them.

    • Rob, I wanted to do a Chicago style hot dog, but I can not find Vienna beef hot dogs, sport peppers or neon green relish. Next time I am back in the Midwest I am going to have to pick up the ingredients.

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