Crispy Chorizo Dogs

I am not going to talk about how hot it’s been the past few days. I just won’t. I will, however, talk about how due to things that I won’t talk about, all my best-laid plans for elaborate Independence Day foods went pfffft. I opted, instead, for hot dogs: and lots of ’em.

Who here watched Matlock? I remember parking myself in front of the tube (not steak) every week to watch Andy Griffith defend folks who did nothing wrong. (Except for that one episode, but I digress.) One of the things I liked best about the show was when he would stop at the food cart in front of the courthouse and order a hot dog with the works. Matlock loved his hotdogs.

Ah, the much maligned humble hot dog or tube steak. My theory on why so many people diss hot dogs is because they began as a way to use up the nasty bits left over after the beautiful primal cuts had been taken. Then something wonderful happened. The nasty bits got a make-over and started getting attention for what they were: a cheap source of nourishment. In the tradition of most foods of humble origins, they threw in spices -and lots of ’em- and then figured out that applying fire* improved the taste and texture. Hallelujah.

*No matter what my husband says or Matlock would’ve said,  I will not be swayed. I think the most horrific thing you could do to a hot dog is steam or boil it. Yeeeeeeee-uck! He maintains that a steamed or boiled “dirty water dog” is one of the wonders of the world. I think he is -while adorable- completely nuts. Come on folks. Take sides here. Weigh in. I promise I won’t brag if I’m right. Much.

I am personally in the “too much stuff on a hot dog is just about right” camp, much like Matlock. Unlike an expensive steak where I don’t want to overwhelm the intrinsic beefiness of the meat with extraneous flavours, I feel a-okay with loading a hot dog with all sorts of craziness. I’m no hot-dog purist. (Is there such a thing?) I see a hot dog as a blank canvas made for fun.

What goes better with meat than more meat? Nothing! Well, okay, more meat with mustard and onion. Specifically, crispy chorizo nuggets. When you add super crisped bits of spicy, Mexican-style chorizo to the top of grilled hot dogs, it elevates the simple meal from phoned-in to party-fare.

Do yourself a favour. Make some tonight. Do it to avoid the heat. Do it to defend and elevate the hot dog. Do it for Matlock.

May you rest in peace, Andy Griffith. Thank you for the memories!

Crispy Chorizo Dogs
Crispy, spicy bits of chorizo top a grilled dog to elevate the summer classic to party fare!
  • Freshly Grilled Hot Dogs
  • hot dog buns
  • ½ pound bulk, Mexican Style Chorizo
  • Optional:
  • diced sweet onions, to taste
  • mustard, to taste
  • relish, to taste
  • [url href="" target="_blank"]Candied Jalapenos
  1. Place a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Break up the chorizo with your hands into the hot pan. Use a sturdy, heat proof spoon to continue breaking up the chorizo into tiny bits as it cooks. Continue cooking the chorizo past the point of fully-cooked, breaking it continually with the spoon, until it is deeply browned and the bits are crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chorizo to a paper towel lined plate to drain, if necessary.
  2. Place each hot dog in a bun, top first with mustard, then crispy chorizo, then onions and candied jalapenos.




  1. Michelle W says

    Hot dogs must be grilled! Otherwise how do you get the delicious “snap” of the crispy casing?? And don’t even talk to me about hot dogs without casings. That’s just sad. :(

  2. Karen Kirk says

    My husband referred to the water hot dogs were cooked in as “weinnie water soup”. He would tell people that I fed him “weinie water soup” because “we had the weinnie yesterday”. I thought of giving him that sometime, but have never done it! The chorizo dogs sound wonderful. Can’t wait to try them.

  3. Chad says

    Blech … not only are boiled dogs gross, but the smell of boiled hot dogs is on my list of the five most off-putting smells that can come from a kitchen. Grill ’em or don’t eat the durn things!!

  4. Shirley says

    “parking myself in front of the tube(not steak)every week”….

    That’s so funny i nearly fell off my chair laughing!!…haven’t heard it in ages!…do you remember the ‘smothered” part??….rotflmfao!!!

    The chorizo dogs sound fabulous too!

  5. says

    Wow,looks so delicious! The chorizo dogs sound wonderful and I want to try them next time. Thanks for this golden advice.

  6. Katie G says

    Hot dogs MUST be grilled or fried in a cast-iron pan. Anything else is just wrong! I love them with cole-slaw, but I think I’ll try these too. But not with jalapenos- they would bark all night!

  7. kate C. says

    Must be grilled!

    These sound really good!

    When I was pregnant with my oldest, one of my cravings was for a perfectly grilled hot dog. It had to be a plumper, had to be grilled almost to charred, and several other things about it had to be perfect. I thought about where to get this perfect hot dog for a full week (I didn’t want to cook it myself – bleh! pregnancy hormones!) Luckily, there is a happy ending to this story because I found my perfect hot dog (The Terrace at the Univ of Wisconsin Madison Memorial Union). The sort of funny part of this story is that I hadn’t had a hot dog in years before this incident, and I’ve maybe only had 1 or 2 in the 6 years since.

    But I have been wanting to make my own chorizo sometime and these sound really good.

    thanks for the recipe!

  8. says

    Absolutely, positively, MUST be grilled. Every time you boil a hotdog, an angel loses his/her wings.

    This is a kick butt hotdog!! I’m going to make these, I love Mexican chorizo. Think I’ll top with some cotija cheese too.

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