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Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs

Robb Walsh

Servings: 4

At Monterrey-style Mexican restaurants these are made with fat red hot dogs and are called salchichas rojos. In Tucson, they are called Sonoran hot dogs. There are all sorts of variations, but the bacon-wrapped weiner is essential. Look for a small size bolillo or torpedo roll to keep the bread-to-meat ratio in line. For an easy summer BBQ menu, serve the dogs with Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob.

This recipe is excerpted from The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook.


For the Salsa Verde:

  • 1 lb. tomatillos, husked and washed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 fresh serrano chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup minced sweet onion
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • sea salt

For the Hot Dogs

  • 4 tsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 all-beef wieners (fat ones work better than long ones)
  • 4 slices extra-thin bacon
  • 4 torpedo rolls or bolillos
  • 4 Tbs. warm refried beans
  • 8 Tbs. chopped avocado (or guacamole)
  • 4 heaping Tbs. grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbs. chopped onion
  • 4 Tbs. chopped tomato
  • 4 Tbs. Salsa Verde


Make the Salsa Verde:

  • Put the cleaned tomatillos in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and allow the tomatillos to soak for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain, and puree the tomatillos in a food processor. Add the cilantro, serranos, onion, garlic sugar, and lime juice to the food processor and pulse three or four times to combine. Season with salt to taste.

Make the Hot Dogs:

  • Mix the mayo, Tabasco, and lemon juice and use a funnel to put the mayo blend in a squeeze bottle. Wrap the wieners with the bacon slices so the sausage is completely covered. Cook the wieners on a comal or flat top, rolling them over until the bacon is crunchy on all sides, about 7 minutes. Cut a pocket into the buns to form a “boat” and toast them on the grill. When the wieners are cooked, divide the beans and avocado among the four rolls, spooning them inside the pocket and spreading on either side. Spread the cheese down the middle. Using tongs put one piping-hot bacon-wrapped wiener into the pocket of each roll. Top each wiener with onions and tomatoes. Spread the Salsa Verde across the top. Apply the mayo blend in squiggles across the top of the hot dog.


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  • thon00 | 01/10/2012

    Love the dish! Easy yet very tasty, in fact, I made it for our dinner last night and it turned well. Thanks! Take a glimpse at fr.gourmandia.ca and http://www.ibeefrecipes.com for more admirable recipes!! You will be surprised of the different variations in their recipes. Thumbs up!

  • shazzzz | 07/22/2011

    The first time I had this was in Pennsylvania and they called it a Texas Tommy, healthy no, yummy yes.

  • Linda_52 | 06/24/2011

    My daughter just came back from Tucson on a vacation where she raved about these hot dogs! I surfed the web and came across this recipe, so glad I did.I made a couple of changes and the result was fantastic. Used pinto beans and placed them in the bun first, made guacamole, BBQ the dogs and steamed the buns 1 minute prior to serving! I went by what my daughter had been served in Tucson, we were not disappointed with these minor changes. A wetter dog that's for sureI increased the mayonnaise & placed it in a squirt bottle so everyone could drizzle it over the dogs, did the same with the salsa verde. Impressive, my dinner was a hit! No left overs & two guests went to U of A ... what was I thinking they ate these on a regular basis. Let's just say these Sonoran Dogs we the talk of the evening.Served Margaritas, three fruit salsa and a southwest caesar with polenta croutons!Food Coma.........haha

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