Unique Hot Dog Topping Combos for Your Summer Cookout

Unique Hot Dog Topping Combos for Your Summer Cookout

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Do you top your hot dogs with the traditional mustard and relish or just a dollop of ketchup? This summer is your chance to fire up the grill, throw on some wieners and open your mind to a whole new world of hot dog toppings.

Take this all-American classic from okay to gourmet with our list of top five unconventional hot dog toppings.

The Frito Pie Dog
Ever since San Antonio confectioner Charles Elmer Doolin bought the patent to mass produce Fritos corn chips in 1933, these salty chips have been an American snacking staple. The Frito pie dog translates the savory, salty goodness of a Frito chili pie into a handheld meal. Just heat some chili, pour it over your hot dog, sprinkle grated cheddar cheese over on top and add Fritos and chopped onions. Grill or broil until the cheese melts, then grab plenty of napkins as you head to the picnic table.

The Pizza Dog
A nod to another favorite handheld dish, pizza dogs bring the flavors of Italy and America together. Just slather the buns with olive oil and top the dogs with pizza sauce and grated mozzarella cheese. Grill or broil them until the cheese melts. Top your dog with fresh basil leaves for a snack that’s as visually appealing as it is tasty.

The Reuben Dog
Sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing are all that you need to make a Reuben dog. Cook four franks, heat four buns and spread 1/2 cup of each ingredient evenly over all four dogs to transform the flavor of an ordinary hot dog into an entirely new dish.

The Tropical Island Dog
You’ll feel as if you’ve taken a cruise to a warm, tropical island when you chop 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/4 cup sweet red cherry peppers and 1/2 cilantro and spread these ingredients evenly over four hot dogs, topping with the cilantro last.

The Nacho Dog
The nacho dog brings the delicious flavors of spicy Tex-Mex to your backyard cookout. Top prepared hot dogs with a dollop of refried beans and a sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese, and then grill or broil them until the cheese melts. Add jalapeños, guacamole and salsa to taste.

Tip: For large gatherings, make batches of these topping combos and set them out with freshly grilled dogs for a cookout that’s sure to have something for everyone.