Mexican Hot Dogs

Mexican Hot Dog

Here is a true definition of Spanglish cooking. The reason I love my blog and the food in it.

A hot dog in a tortilla, topped with a simple ensalada de nopales.

I am a cross-bred cook who loves to take the best of both worlds and bring them together to make my taste buds sing, “halleluiah, give me more!” That is exactly the feeling I get when hot dogs and tortillas are on the menu. Once you’ve had a Mexican style hot dog like this, your life will never be the same.  In my opinion, they are so much better in a tortilla. Even if it’s just the hot dog and tortilla, with no toppings!

The first time I introduced this concept to my husband (decades ago), he wasn’t all that interested.  Now he’ll have one classic American hot dog, and one with a tortilla.  As for me, I detest traditional hot dogs.  It is rare for me to have a hot dog in a bun.

This 4th of July weekend, when you go to a barbecue or have a barbecue at home, TRY IT!  Warm up a tortilla on the grill, roll up a hot dog with it, and judge for yourself. You might like it.

A simple pico de gallo with tomato, onion, lemon, cilantro, and salt is a perfect topping to start with.

Nopales are optional.

Mexican Hot Dogs 3Mix everything in a large bowl in no particular order.  Except for the lemon. That one I do by hand tasting as I go. Once you have mixed all the ingredients well, taste again to see if you need more salt.

Easy peasy.

Mexican Hot Dogs 4.2I hope you try one this weekend.  If you do, please come back and let me know what you thought!

Not into hot dogs? Maybe you’ll like these barbecue recipe ideas!

5 from 1 vote

Mexican Hot Dogs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Stephanie Chavez


  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup tomato diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 1 or two cups cooked seasoned nopales optional
  • 4 cooked hot dogs
  • 4 warm corn tortillas


  1. In a large bowl combine the cilantro, tomato, salt, and onion. Add lemon to your liking. Nopales can be bought in glass jars in the Mexican food aisle at most grocery stores, but are not necessary.
  2. Warm up the tortillas on a griddle or grill just before the hot dogs are done being cooked.
by Stephanie Chavez

Author & Content Creator for Spanglish Spoon.

  1. Lesley

    I had a friend in hs, her mom made the hot dogs in a tomato sauce and jalapeños and then wrapped them in corn tortillas. To this day I’ll crave them once in a while and make up some for my kids and me. They’re fantastic.

    Sautéed hot dogs and diced fresh jalapeños in olive oil followed by tomato sauce to your liking and then cook on simmer. Throw them on corn tortillas. Bam. A lil slice of yum. This recipe looks fun too!!!

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