Tijuana Hot Dogs

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"This is a recipe I recreated from my college days when we would drive down to Tijuana to go dancing, and of course, eat food cart Tijuana dogs! There are probably a number of variations, but this is the one I know."

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (127.6 g)
  • Calories 483.8
  • Total Fat - 28.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 64.4 mg
  • Sodium - 977.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 37.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.5 g
  • Sugars - 14.7 g
  • Protein - 17.6 g
  • Calcium - 77.8 mg
  • Iron - 2.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook bacon (or use bacon pieces/bits and skip this step).

Step 2

Toast the buns.

Step 3

Heat hot dogs (in the microwave is the quickest, but the barbecue gives them a great flavor - if using the barbecue, you will probably want to reverse steps 2 and 3, though they usually only take a couple minutes per side to cook).

Step 4

Layer on your condiments, and enjoy!


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting bacon, opt for real bacon pieces/bits for the most flavor.
  • For a spicier kick, use hot salsa or spicy pico de gallo, or both.

  • Substitute turkey bacon for regular bacon - This substitution will reduce the amount of fat in the recipe, making it a healthier alternative.
  • Substitute whole wheat buns for regular buns - This substitution will provide more dietary fiber and nutrients to the recipe, making it a healthier alternative.

Tex-Mex Hot Dogs Replace the bacon with chorizo. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and your favorite cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro for an extra kick.

Mexican Street Corn: Mexican street corn is the perfect side dish for Tijuana hot dogs. It's a great way to add some crunch and sweetness to the meal, and the creamy, spicy sauce is a great contrast to the savory hot dogs. Plus, it's a quick and easy dish to make!

Guacamole: Guacamole is the perfect accompaniment to Mexican street corn and Tijuana hot dogs. It's creamy, zesty, and full of flavor, and it adds a nice contrast to the crunchy corn and savory hot dogs. Plus, it's easy to make and goes great with tortilla chips!


Q: How do I cook the bacon?

A: You can either cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it's crisp, or you can use bacon pieces/bits and skip this step altogether.

Q: What is the best way to store bacon?

A: Bacon should be stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. For longer storage, wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze it.

10 Reviews

Lets Eat

I doubled the recipe and used the bacon bits in the jar for just two of us. We enjoyed very much, and will be adding these to my summer and fall barbecues!


review by:
(7 Aug 2021)


Nice twist on a plain old hotdog!! Ole! Made for Think Pink


review by:
(11 Oct 2018)


Been gleaning for outdoor cooking ideas which saw me try your Tijuana Hot Dog for lunch today. Been one long while since I had a hotdog and never one with bacon or mayo. I enjoyed. Come our first outdoor burger and hot dog day I will see to a tray with bacon and all the condiments to serve up these delicious offerings in a bun!


review by:
(25 Apr 2018)


What a delicious hot dog Maito. I've never had mayo on a dog before. I fried the bacon in a pan and grilled the hot dogs and buns on the BBQ. They were so good, quick and easy to make with great results. Thanks for sharing. Made for Think Pink - 2017.


review by:
(3 Oct 2017)


This is a really tasty dog!. I used a large soft Italian bun and added a slice of Jalapeno Havarti cheese. I mixed together the mustard,, ketchup & mayo. Everything just went so well together..


review by:
(22 Nov 2015)


What a great alternative from the regular run-of-the-mill hot dogs. Maito, you ate good in college! Love it that it's packed with flavor. My kids in particular enjoyed this version very much. Thank you Maito for sharing!


review by:
(14 May 2015)

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Fun facts:

Tijuana Hot Dogs are said to have originated in the 1920s when the city of Tijuana, Mexico became a popular destination for Americans looking to escape the restrictions of Prohibition.

In 2017, the popular TV show MasterChef featured a challenge where contestants had to recreate the Tijuana Hot Dog.