Tucson Sonoran Hot Dog

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The Sonoran hot dog, which originated in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, Mexico has become a Tucson local dish that has many variations and is passionately debated, like many regional cuisines, how to make it the ‘right way’ and who does it ‘best’. This hot dog blends together an American icon – the hot dog – with Mexican flavours.

This version is inspired by the Travel Channel’s Food Wars episode in Arizona where the well known and much loved BK’s Carne Asada & Hot Dogs and El Guero Canelo battled it out to see who could boast the best Sonoran hot dog in town.

Steps to put the hot dog together:

  1. Grill bun and cut it open but not all the way through
  2. Put hot dog that has been wrapped in bacon and grilled in first, to help secure the bacon around the hot dog while cooking I used toothpicks
  3. Put on some Refried Beans (I cheated with canned, fresh may taste better if you have the time to make it) and spread on mustard – mild, hot – totally up to you
  4. Place on top some grilled onion
  5. On top of grilled onion place fresh onion that has been diced – I soaked them in water for at least 30 mins then drained and dried them to get rid of excess juices which make raw onions overwhelming
  6. On top of all this put some fresh diced tomato
  7. Traditionally a hot jalapeno sauce is used but I didn’t have any handy so I used fresh green chili for this recipe
  8. Finally mayonnaise over the top

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12 Comments to

“Tucson Sonoran Hot Dog”

  1. Avatar January 16th, 2011 at Celeste @ Berrytravels Says:

    YUM! they definitely look good!
    Celeste @ Berrytravels recently posted..Review- Simon’s Peiking Duck Restaurant – Blackburn – Box Hill South


  2. Avatar January 16th, 2011 at leaf (the indolent cook) Says:

    This looks so fresh and delicious!
    leaf (the indolent cook) recently posted..roasted dandelion root coffee and tea


  3. Avatar January 16th, 2011 at msihua Says:

    YUMMY! I feel like some healthy options now, and your’s looks relatively healthy… I love the chilli!!
    msihua recently posted..International Incident Hot Dogs Party – Bunny Chow Coney Dog


  4. Avatar January 16th, 2011 at ck Says:

    This looks unbelievably delicious. I want one now!
    Gorgeous blog too. So many talented foodie people out there… I hear you too on a previous comment you made about the struggle of sitting in front of a computer all day and the motivation to do more of same when you get home. Something I very much struggle with.
    ck recently posted..International Incident Party – Hot Dogs!


  5. Avatar January 16th, 2011 at penny aka jeroxie Says:

    Mexican flavours work for me. YUM!
    And welcome back to #iip!


  6. Avatar January 17th, 2011 at Trix Says:

    I’ve never heard of this type of dog before, but now I want one!!


  7. Avatar January 17th, 2011 at Heather @girlichef Says:

    Oh yeah…my favorite flavors all piled up on a hotdog. Doesn’t get much better than that! Sounds awesome :)
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  8. Avatar January 17th, 2011 at Shirley Says:

    That’s a neat hotdog!
    Shirley recently posted..Chicken-Spinach HotDog- International HotDog Incident


  9. Avatar January 17th, 2011 at Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite Says:

    Gorgeous flavours and colours!
    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite recently posted..International Incident Party- Hot Dogs


  10. Avatar January 17th, 2011 at Tangled Noodle Says:

    I’d heard of this but have never tasted one. I wish we’d gone a bit further during our all-too-brief visit through Arizona for a bit of this local specialty, so thanks for sharing (especially for the pics of the proper order of topping!)
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  11. Avatar January 17th, 2011 at buywowshaman Says:

    Perfect snack for on the go people. I was quite awed by the methods you apply for cooking. Unique and very informative. Nice post.


  12. Avatar January 20th, 2011 at Agnes Says:

    Bacon wrapped hot dog?! Can’t go wrong! :D


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After growing up in Melbourne I took off overseas to work as a features reporter, based predominately in Asia, writing for some international publications, through this work I was able to visit many different places writing articles on food, travel, fashion, human rights, art & culture.

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