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Chorizo Taco Dogs

Hello and welcome! Today I have a fun recipe – Chorizo Taco Dogs. I had never really had a Taco Dog before. We eat hot dogs so rarely that when I have one, it’s usually something more like a Chicago Dog. But I have to say that Taco Dogs are an amazing mashup of two beloved foods that go really well together. Instead of taco-seasoned beef, I am going with my favorite taco filling, Mexican Chorizo. Let’s get to it!

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I really like Hebrew National All Beef Hot Dogs, these are the jumbo-sized dogs. And I will use about 8 ounces of Mexican Chorizo.

The recipe is a bit of a non-recipe. We simply brown the Mexican chorizo over medium heat. When it’s just about finished, scoot the chorizo to one side of the pan and lay the split hot dogs in the pan to brown them a little and warm them through. Flip the hot dogs over at least once to give the round sides some color. I am making enough chorizo for four dogs. You can easily scale this up. Figure about 2 ounces of chorizo for each dog.

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Building the Chorizo Taco Dogs

The toppings is where this gets fun; you can set up a little a “taco bar” with a variety toppings. I have pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapeños, pickled onions, sour cream, sliced radishes and cilantro. Of course I also have my favorite Valentina Sauce. Other great toppings would be diced white onion, cheddar or cotija cheese, salsa, diced tomato, black olives and avocado.

Pro Tip

Use your sheet pans for more than just cooking. I regularly use my sheet pans as serving trays. They’re casual and informal, durable and easy to clean. I have a few in each size: full, half and quarter and I use them as serving trays just as often as I use them to cook.

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Lay one cooked hot dog on each hot dog bun. Spoon the cooked chorizo on top of the hot dog and then get creative with the toppings!

I started with the cheese, to give it an opportunity to melt a little on the hot chorizo.

Follow the cheese with your favorite combination of taco toppings.

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And that’s it! Top with cilantro and you have the Chorizo Taco Dog!

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Taco Dogs are angreat unexpected treat. Something a little different to mix things up. Using chorizo instead of taco-seasoned ground beef makes this recipe super easy and quick. I think this would be a hit with kids, too. I really like the all beef Hebrew National dogs for this because they have really great flavor without being super salty. These dogs go perfectly with the chorizo.

A simple recipe to take us into this first week of August, I hope you give this one a try, it’s a crowd pleaser for sure – and so easy to scale up for a group. Take care and be well, xo Kelly

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Chorizo Taco Dogs

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Dinner, Main Course American/Mexican
By Kelly Djalali Serves: Makes 4 Dogs
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes

Summer's best mashup: Chorizo Tacos and Hot Dogs. Super quick and super easy, this crowd-pleasing combo is fun to customize and fun to eat!

Ingredients

  • Hebrew National All Beef Jumbo Hot Dogs, split lengthwise to lay flat
  • 8 oz. Mexican Chorizo, casings removed
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Topping Ideas
  • Sour Cream
  • Jalapeños
  • Pickled Onions
  • Avocado
  • Diced Tomato
  • Salsa
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Black Olives
  • Pepper Jack, Cheddar or Cotija Cheese

Instructions

1

Brown the Mexican chorizo over medium heat. When it's just about finished, scoot the chorizo to one side of the pan and lay the split hot dogs in the pan to brown them a little and warm them through. Flip the hot dogs over at least once to give the round sides some color.

2

Lay one cooked split hot dog on each hot dog bun.

3

Spoon the cooked chorizo on top of the hot dog and then get creative with the toppings!

Notes

To scale this recipe up, figure 2-oz. Chorizo per dog. Transfer the cooked chorizo out of the pan to cook more than two dogs at a time. Or use two separate pans.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Mari
    August 3, 2022 at 8:37 am

    What a great way to dress up a hot dog. This is a fun week to make these, because I made a taco pizza for the kids on Sunday. Chorizo would have been really good for that, but I didn’t have any in the house. I ended up using plain pork sausage and spicing it up with taco seasoning. It turned out fine, but next time I won’t be lazy. I will go to the store and get the chorizo. It adds such a nice, spicy kick to anything I put it in. No matter how much we like something, it’s always nice for a change, and honestly, I think plain hot dogs, and even my beloved Chicago hot dogs, can get boring after awhile. Today is grocery day, so you know what I’m buying tonight, and making tomorrow. Thank you for another great idea to add some much needed variety and punch to the menu. I hope everyone is having a fun month as we coast down the hill of summer. We lost the spring season, due to winter not wanting to let go, and despite the heat, I am loving this summer and all it entails. Fall is generally my favorite season, but this year, I hope summer lasts a little longer. I’m not ready to say good bye just yet. This weekend is yard work, and our friend is coming with his crew to get all the tree parts from the last storm hauled away. He has been busy with that for the last several weeks, but we finally got scheduled, and it’s time for the yearly power washing of the house, although we will probably do it in the spring again if winter smudges it up as it usually does. Our allergies are really acting up, so today is going to be one of those boring and restful days. I will be so happy to get to the grocery store tonight. Hugs, smiles and sunshine to Kelly, Alex, Terry and the three rascals of the Apocalypse.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      August 3, 2022 at 11:11 am

      Hi Mari, It will be nice to get rid of the tree clutter. We had a bit of that to do yesterday. I think these taco dogs are a great way to keep the summer vibe going, to distract from the fact that September is right around the corner. We have our summer vacation coming up next week, so we are looking forward to that. Have a great Wednesday! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Terry
    August 3, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Totally agree these hot dogs look amazing and I think chorizo is definitely a winner this year as well.., my chorizo doesn’t look like yours when it’s cooked and it is Mexican chorizo mine is more melty So I’ll go to Amazon and see what I get …I want fall to come sorry Mari but it’s been so hot here in nor cal that it’s all I think about these days.. hopping for rain to come soon.. if the squirrels are any indication they are collection Pine nuts and acorns, it can’t get here fast enough for me… I’ll keep you posted might have these Friday nite 🤗❤️ Mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      August 3, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Mom, I was used to the texture you’re talking about when it comes to chorizo, but this is what I find at my local grocery store, so I have gotten used to it this way. I don’t think it really matters – the flavors are definitely the same. I hope you get some cooler days ahead! xo Kelly

      • Reply
        Terry
        August 3, 2022 at 4:20 pm

        I was thinking oh mixing it with a little hamburger just for added texture I’ll let you know 🤗❤️ Mom

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