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Hot Dog Toppings and Recipe Ideas

22 Ways to Dress Up the Classic Cookout Favorite

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Mexican Hot Dogs

Mexican Hot Dogs

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Kiss those boring hot dogs with nothing but mustard goodbye. These classic, creative and unusual hot dog topping ideas will help you take that most basic of cookout fare and turn it into something truly extraordinary.Not a meat-eater? No problem. Any of these recipes can be made with veggie dogs instead of beef hot dogs.

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  1. The Classic Hot Dog - Mustard, ketchup, diced onions and relish.
  2. The Chili Dog - Chili con carne, diced onions and shredded cheddar cheese.
  3. Bacon and Cheese Hot Dogs - A smear of mayonnaise on the bun, crumbled bacon and a sprinkle of melted cheddar or American cheese.
  4. Greek Hot Dogs - Chopped fresh cucumbers, sliced black olives or pitted kalamata olives, diced fresh tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and a drizzle of oil and vinegar salad dressing.
  5. Macaroni Hot Dogs - Top with homemade or store-bought macaroni salad, sweet pickle relish and a drizzle of ketchup or yellow mustard.
  6. Kimchi Hot Dogs - Top with prepared kimchi, and if you like it really spicy, add a drizzle of sriracha.
  7. Southern Barbecue Hot Dogs - Honey barbecue sauce and homemade peach salsa.
  8. The Cookout Hot Dog - Baked beans, coleslaw and Dijon mustard.
  9. The Mexican Hot Dog - Tomato salsa, refried black beans, shredded cheddar cheese, homemade guacamole, cojito cheese and finely-chopped jalapeno peppers (optional)
  10. Triple Tomato Hot Dog - Diced fresh tomatoes, finely-chopped sun-dried tomatoes and ketchup.
  11. Fresh Summer Hot Dog - Corn relish, chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped zucchini, chopped onions and ketchup.
  12. Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dog - Sauteed onions and bell peppers (green, red or a combination of the two), Cheez Whiz or melted American cheese.
  13. The Reuben Dog - Sauerkraut, melted swiss cheese, chopped deli corned beef and thousand island dressing.
  14. Thanksgiving Hot Dog - A smear of mayonnaise on the bun, cranberry sauce and crispy fried onions.
  15. Herby Hot Dog - 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley mixed with 1 Tbsp. of mayonnaise spread on a bun, topped with store-bought or homemade basil pesto.
  16. Jewish Deli Hot Dog - Deli-style potato salad or mustard potato salad, fried bologna and spicy brown mustard.
  17. Diner Hot Dogs - Crinkle-cut French fries with a drizzle of brown gravy on top.
  18. The California Hot Dog - Alfalfa sprouts, chopped fresh avocado, chopped fresh tomatoes and sliced black olives.
  19. Sweet and Sour Hot Dogs - A smear of orange marmalade mixed with mayonnaise on the bun topped with cole slaw and chopped fresh jalapeno peppers.
  20. Triple Onion Hot Dogs - 2 Tbsp. sliced onions fried in 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil until soft and golden brown then mixed with 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise and spread over the bun, topped with fresh chopped onions and crispy fried onions or onion rings.
  21. Tropical Hot Dogs - Chopped fresh mango, pineapple, shredded coconut and onions with pineapple jam.
  22. Pizza Dogs - Pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese and finely chopped fresh green peppers and onions.

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