Although hot dogs seem like a simple dish, just a weiner and some bread, you can actually get really creative with it. In fact, hot dogs can be tailored to so many different crowds and appetites, you just need some imagination! Many things pair well with bread and meat, so don’t be afraid to push the limits. Here are 6 unexpected ways to top a hot dog. We have also provided you with delicious sides to add for a more favorable palette. Let us know what you think!
Spicy Thai Chicken Dogs
If you are craving a spicy dish, this hot dog is easy to make. Spread some Thai peanut sauce on the buns, use a spicy chicken sausage, and top with Asian slaw, peanuts, and cilantro.
Baked Beans Hot Dog
This recipe takes a little longer, but it’s worth the wait! Slow-cook your beans in an oven for a couple of hours, and top the beans with a layer of bacon. Then, wrap a jumbo beef dog with applewood-smoked bacon and serve it on a toasted whole-grain bun. Top the dog with the slow-cooked barbecue baked beans and some ketchup.
Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog
Are you craving Mexican food, but you aren’t feeling tacos? How about trying a hot dog that is made with similar toppings and deliciousness? Use a bolillo roll and use the sausage of your choice. Mix roasted corn kernels with some lime juice and mayo. Top a hot dog with this corn mixture, some oregano, chili powder, hot sauce, and crumbly Mexican Cotija cheese.
French Onion Dip Dog
Do you love onion dip? So do we! Top a hot dog with French onion dip, diced red onions, and crushed potato chips. For some more fun, use a French country roll as the bun!
The Italian Stallion
Are you a huge Italian food lover? Does pasta sound nice, but do you want to try something a little different? You can use a hot dog to appease your cravings. Spoon some marinara sauce onto the bun, place some provolone cheese on there, and top with an Italian spicy sausage. Then, add some sauteed mushrooms, sprinkle some parmesan cheese, and garnish with giardiniera.
Jalapeño Popper Hot Dog
Have you ever made fresh jalapeño poppers? It’s fairly easy! Dip fresh jalapeño slices into a well-beaten egg, then cover them with panko bread crumbs and pan-fry over medium heat. Spread cream cheese on the bun, use your favorite type of sausage, and top it with crushed tortilla chips and the fried jalapeño poppers.
Delicious Sides to Eat with a Hot Dog
There are many sides to choose from to accompany your tasteful hot dog. Take a look at some of the ideas below:
- Creamy ranch pasta salad
- Creamy red potato salad
- Baked potato
- Homemade French fries
- Tossed green salad
- Grilled summer fruit
- Baked beans
Cowtown Dogs in Downtown Dallas
Cowtown Dogs has some unique, tasteful hot dogs that you can only get in Dallas! We love to play around with toppings, and our chili topping is our most popular one. If you want to try the original Texas hot dog or surprise yourself with an unexpected way to prepare and top a hot dog, come check us out!