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The Best Hot Dog Toppings You Haven’t Tried Yet

Move over ketchup and mustard: gourmet hot dog toppings are all the rage.

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Forget about the red and yellow zig-zags on yesterday’s franks: gourmet hot dogs are in! Weird, wild and wonderful, these simple hot dog toppings kick the cookout staple into high gear. Have some fun with these creative topping ideas.

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Tomatillo Relish

I have a very hearty tomatillo plant in my garden. To use up the abundant produce, I decided to make a relish. You can use it as a dip or as a condiment on eggs, hot dogs, meat loaf or burgers. It has an addictive taste. —Deb LaBosco, Foley, Minnesota
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Elote Hot Dogs

If you love Mexican street corn, then you HAVE to try this recipe. The flavors of sweet corn, salty cotija cheese and fresh cilantro perfectly weave together into a creative hot dog topping. Finish it off with spicy Sriracha mayo and I’m a happy camper!

Get the recipe here from Spices in my DNA.

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Grilled Cheese Hot Dogs

Now that I think about it, I’m not sure why I haven’t been topping my hot dogs with a ton of cheese. This recipe combines my two favorite dishes: grilled hot dogs and melty grilled cheese sandwiches. Have some fun with the cheese mix, and don’t forget to add some bacon!

Get the recipe here from Spicy Southern Kitchen.

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Seattle Hot Dogs

Everyone knows about Chicago dogs, but did you know that the Pacific Northwest has its own beloved hot dog? Add some caramelized onions, cream cheese and roasted jalapenos to your bun and you’ll know why it’s so highly regarded! Go one step further like this recipe and add some kettle chips to the mix, too.

Get the recipe here from Show Me the Yummy.

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Chipotle Chili Dogs

Long live childhood favorites! I created this recipe for the 125th anniversary of a small town in Minnesota. The medium spice level means that people of all ages love the flavors. —Barb Templin, Norwood, Minnesota
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Frito Pie Hot Dogs

If you’ve ever spent any time in the Southwest, you know all about Frito pie. It’s not actually pie at all–it’s a bag of crunchy Fritos topped with your favorite bowl of chili and finished with shredded cheese. Add an extra layer of goodness by using it as a hot dog topping!

Get the recipe from HonestlyYUM here.

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Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Cheese Sauce

A bacon-wrapped hot dog is a thing of beauty in itself. So, why not go one step further and smother that hot dog in ooey, gooey cheese sauce? It really takes hot dog toppings to the next level and makes this one fully-loaded hot dog.

Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats here.

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Hawaiian Hot Dogs

Add some grilled pineapple and sweet Teriyaki mayo to your hot dog and you’ve got yourself a Hawaiian hot dog! The combination of sweet toppings and savory hot dogs makes this a perfect summer treat.

Get the recipe from The Endless Meal here.

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Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs

We wanted to get creative with hot dogs, so we made a mac-and-cheesy one. Pile on the extra cheese, relish and even bacon. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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Nacho Hot Dog

I love how this hot dog topping really transforms a regular old frank. We’re not just talking about adding nacho cheese here: this recipe adds crunchy tortilla chips, spicy salsa and creamy guacamole to the hot dog. Yum!

Get the recipe from A Spicy Perspective here.

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Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dog

You don’t have to go to Philadelphia to get your favorite sandwich–just create those flavors as a hot dog topping instead! This recipe even adds roast beef to the mix to make things taste really authentic.

Get the recipe from Country Cleaver here.

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Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs

This hot dog gets all the flavors of Old Mexico with these creative toppings. Pinto beans, salsa, Mexican crema and avocado pico de gallo bring a lot to the table–but this hot dog had me at “bacon-wrapped.”

Get the recipe from Everyday Southwest here.

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Bandito Chili Dogs

These deluxe chili dogs are a surefire hit at family functions and tailgates. Adults and children alike love the cheesy chili sauce, and the toppings are fun! —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon
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South Liberty Hall Relish

My grandparents originated this recipe that's been treasured in our family for four generations. It's named after a dance hall they ran in rural Iowa. Whenever I bite into a hot dog or hamburger dressed up with this taste bud-tingling relish, I think of them and their delicious country cooking. —Melinda Winchell, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.