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Mexican Hot Dogs Recipe (L.A. Street Dog)

LA Hot Dogs is a local LA street food. Many ppl call it a Mexican hot dog (and still there are more styles, but we talkin’ about her right now). Make your own at home with my step-by-step recipe for nothing but the best from 7-crisp ingredients, this includes quality meats. Yep, you can have it just LIKE THIS con TODO!

I support local hot dog cart and brick and mortar. Each vendor will have a unique style, twist on classics and tasty fusion options depending on location.

A lil Hot Dog Carrito Backstory

You’ll see the sellers and carts lined up after sporting events, concerts, flea markets, famous Venice beach, and in their everyday local parking zone getting a hot food out to friendly customers.

The smell of bacon and salchicha franks are irresistible, especially when hungry and need a bite to hold you over! So get you some, or run. LOL

LA Hot dogs currently go for an average of about six/seven dollars each at a cart. Still a value for quick and on-the-go eats.

In addition to all the labels, this is my least favorite name to call it: A dngr dog, cause it’s a street food. That’s the nickname of a Danger Dog, silly, I know. I love my city, stay lighthearted my friend.

Why You Should Try This Recipe

This hot dog recipe is easier than you think, and it’s not your average glizzy.

Street food often gets unfairly labeled as unhealthy, no matter where you find it. But let’s take a moment to rethink this perspective! Just as the menu options at members-only grocery warehouses, street food provides a variety of choices, good and bad. Options let you decide what and how you want to eat, whether you’re counting calories or indulging in a treat. So next time you pass by a street food vendor, remember: it’s all about your choices, not the setting, my happy eaters. 🙂

Back to la comida, this recipe gives the scoop on how to make bacon-wrapped goodness. I replace the oil and salt with available and healthier alternatives, top quality picked meats, and the photo process to help you. It goes down better, too!

That’s why you should try it, because you deserve to have a special hot dog that taste danggg-good.


Grocery Quick List: hot dogs, bacon, buns, onion, choice of bell pepper, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard.

Ingredient Note: I use nitrate free hot dogs and bacon, because nothing but the best for homemade bacon-wrapped tings!

  • 4 hot dogs, beef uncured and nitrate free weiners
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1 pack bacon (or 4 slices) 1 strip per dog, uncured and nitrate free
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 whole onion
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño

As many of the following toppings for extra goodness:

  • 10 sprigs cilantro fresh and washed well
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise (best tasting only, don’t ruin a good thing)

Seasonal toppings for homemade hot dogs: The Best Guacamole for an extra special flavor.

Ingredient Notes / Variations

  • Hot dogs – use the brand and selected franks you enjoy best. Even if you use a veggie dog and grilled toppings, the hot dog will be satisfying because you made that time for you and this recipe.
    • For sticking to recipe ingredient – organic nitrate free hot dog meat.
    • Any leftover weenies can be used up. See below in ways to flip.
  • Bacon – salty, meaty, for that good-good bite. Tocino is what we use, turkey just doesn’t do the wrap around quite right. 
    • For sticking to recipe ingredient – organic nitrate free bacon, regular cut. Doesn’t need to be extra thin unless that’s how you prefer it.
    • Wrap it tight and use an entire piece of bacon for each hot dog weiner.
  • Hot dog buns – White buns are the easy to find staple bun. Select your favorite and go from there. You decide if you want to steam it, toast it, or grill it for this one pan meal.
    • Classic white hot dog bun, GF bun, sesame bun, wheat bun, birote bread, or brioche softy.
  • Grilled onions, peppers, and bottle-squeeze ketchup, mayo, and mustard on-top!
    • Brown or white onion are perfectly fine to use.
    • If out of bell peppers, small sweet peppers work great as well. Work with what you have.

Fresh veggies is always best! I don’t use any frozen vegetables for this. That’s why they are so good.

Bacon note from Erika: If you prefer turkey bacon, my tip is to cook the pavo-bacon as directed and just lay it up next to the dog in bun. Add toppings and all the squeezes of everything you love in a hot dog. Remove the turkey bacon from the comal (griddle) once cooked, otherwise it gets tougher by the minute. I only want the best for your Mexican inspired hot dog.

Step-By-Step Instructions

How to Make Mexican Hot Dogs

  1. Prep all dogs by wrapping them tightly in bacon with ends behind dog or slightly tucked in.
  2. Grab your favorite griddle and warm it on low. Wash and prep veggies, dice, and set to the side.
  3. Place hot dogs on the griddle and keep them together. Over medium heat, they will cook on one side for 7 minutes before turning.
  4. Bacon grease will render by minute-five (5), this is when you add all diced peppers and onions to comal.
  5. I only add equivalent of 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan followed by all sliced toppings.

(Use tongs to toss all the pieces into a bit of the oil on the pan just so they each have a bit of coating and grill nicely.)

A printer-friendly recipe card with instructions is available at the bottom of this post.

  1. Gently sprinkle with sea salt or favorite seasoning salt. Turn them all, and rotate the dogs. They let off that gold state smell, if it were a smell that is — haha, seriously!

Comida-Maker Tip: Heat buns once everything is completely cooked. They only take a minute for warming, steaming, or toasting.

Are we hungry yet?

They are ready! Now, assemble your hot dogs and top with all the favorites listed. You’re gonna love it, see the photos below too.

Ways To Spice Up the Flavor

Chiles torreados with chiles hueros, jalapenos, and serranos are all solid spicy pepper options.

If you only have canned chiles jalapenos, simply drain the excess vinegar so it doesn’t overpower your favorite perro. 🙂

Foods To Eat With Homemade LA Hot Dogs

The great thing about eating these at home is there’s always the opportunity to have a side and the comfort of a plate. Here’s a few favorites:

Don’t forget about a fresh fruit agua fresca, jamaica, mxcn coca, or water to help hydrate and wash down all this deliciousness of a Mexican Hot Dog.

Ways To Flip Leftover [perros & bacon]

There won’t be any leftover dogs, well I don’t think there will be. That’s how good this is, it’s that once in a while dang good la-la land street food.

Incase you’re dealing with a family pack theres always room for more delicious breakfast tacos, burritos, evening bacon-wrapped jalapeno starters, and chili brick! I’ll update as I remember more and more. Enjoy!

Pro Tips / Receta Notes

Recipe yield: 4 tasty hot dogs. 1 per person.

Note: If bacon wrap around is loose it will unravel as it cooks. *Feel free to use toothpicks it keep the bacon secured if needed if that helps.

Weiners: Still got a bunch left? Freeze them or share them with family and friends.

Storage: Keep separated until ready to eat to avoid wilted bread from the variety of dressings.

A glimpse of Perro Caliente magic


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Mexican Hot Dogs

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I know this as an LA Street Dog. It is frequently called a Mexican Hot Dog to visitors, Tijuana hot dog, or even a Daaanger dog (I know, huh!), but there are honestly so many styles of Perros Calientes. Here's my recipe for that salty dog made from top notch ingredients & flavor for making them at home. Feel like you're livin' a little with this Famoso L.A. Street Food favorite.
Visit LA for the real thing when you can, we'd love to have you, HAPPY PEOPLE!
prep: 5 minutes
cook: 22 minutes
total: 27 minutes
servings: 4 people
calories: 522
category: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
cuisine: Mexican
keyword: Bacon-wrapped hot dog with Toppings, Hot Dog Recipe, LA Hot Dogs, LA Street Food Recipe, Mexican Hot Dogs


  • Large Pan/Skillet
  • Knife
  • Plate
  • Chopping board for prep


  • 4 hot dogs, beef uncured and nitrate free weiners
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1 pack bacon 1 strip per dog, uncured and nitrate free
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 whole onion sliced
  • 2 jalapeño halved
  • 10 sprigs cilantro fresh, washed well
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise


How to make hot dogs

  • Heat large skillet on medium heat. A large pan is suggested where everything can cook together and form it’s tasty flavors.
  • Place the bacon wrapped weiners on the grill with bacon ends side down (they will need to cook for at least 7 minutes to ensure bacon doesn’t curl up).
  • Add olive oil to the pan (or wait for the bacon grease to give a little) then use a spatula to spread grease around unused portion of pan before placing all the veggies down to grill. So long as their is a barrier beneath them and a medium heat they will grilled without burning. If there is no binder beneath the veggies when cooking they will dry out and burn if not monitored.
  • Flip the dogs over to other side for 5 minutes of until crispy. Continue to roll until all sides are cooked evenly.
  • Lower heat setting to medium low. Heat buns on same grill until toasted to your preference.
  • Place crispy bacon-wrapped hot dog in warm bun, top with grilled onions, peppers and optional chili pepper. Top with additional fresh toppings, spreads like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and a dollop of Fresh Guacamole.
  • Enjoy your homemade hot dog in bacon recipe. Visit when you can so you can get a perro caliente in person, happy people!


  • Recipe yield: 4 grilled perros calientes (hot dogs).
  • Storage: For best flavor and eat when fresh.
  • In season toppings:
    Avocado for Guacamole de casa (homemade).
  • Get foodcreative and use your favorite toppings for a unique tasting hot dog.
  • This food option is high in Fat.

Best Mexican hot dog toppings and tips are listed in the full post at LatinasQueComen.com. Thank you for your rating, shares, and support of LQC Recipes!


Nutrition Facts
Mexican Hot Dogs
Serving Size
1 hot dog
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
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Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Large Spoon

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