6 Outrageous Ways to Dress Up Hot Dogs (Like Mexican Street Corn Style)

Inspired by Mexican Style Street Corn, this whole beef jumbo hot dog is topped with roasted corn, mayo, lime and spices and served in a top-cut, whole grain bolillo roll. Recipe and photo by Jackie Alpers for FoodNetwork.com

Inspired by Mexican Style Street Corn, this whole beef jumbo hot dog is topped with roasted corn, mayo, lime and spices and served in a top-cut, whole grain bolillo roll. Recipe and photo by Jackie Alpers for FoodNetwork.com

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2015

Jackie Alpers, 2015

We love ketchup and mustard. They’re tried-and-true classics that will always have a place in our refrigerators. But when it comes to topping our hot dogs, sometimes we need a little bit more oomph than they can provide. That’s why this summer we’re benching good old ketchup and mustard in favor of this all-star lineup of crazy-good toppings.

Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog (pictured above)

The creamy, spicy flavors of Mexican-style corn pair perfectly with the smokiness of a grilled hot dog. Toss roasted corn kernels with a little mayo and lime juice, and spoon them over the hot dog. Top with oregano, chili powder, crumbly Cotija cheese, hot sauce and mayo.

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Food Network Magazine came up with dozens of easy and inspired hot dog toppings. Our favorite: the Chimichanga Dog. To make one, dredge your dog in spicy chili powder, then wrap in a tortilla and deep-fry until crisp.

All beef jumbo hot dogs on pretzel bun topped with pimento cheese spread and fresh red pepper slices. Ideas and photos by Jackie Alpers for Food Network.com

Pimento Cheese Hot Dog with Red Peppers on a Pretzel Bun

All beef jumbo hot dogs on pretzel bun topped with pimento cheese spread and fresh red pepper slices. Ideas and photos by Jackie Alpers for Food Network.com

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2015

Jackie Alpers, 2015

To give your dog a spicy and smoky kick, top it with a generous smear of pimento cheese and garnish with sliced red bell peppers for crunch. The hot link melts the cheese slightly, creating an irresistibly creamy bite.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Chicago-style hot dogs may sound like “been there, done that” territory, but we promise you’ve never had them like this. Sandwich King Jeff Mauro loads his tangy homemade bread-and-butter relish onto all-beef dogs before smothering them with spicy peppers and celery-salt fries.

As a West Virginia native, The Kitchen’s Katie Lee knows a thing or two about how locals like their dogs. Yellow mustard makes an appearance alongside chili and coleslaw! It sounds like an odd combo, but the cold, crunchy coleslaw creates a pleasing contrast to the hot and spicy chili.

A hot dog topped with avocado, cheese and jalapenos on a bun placed in a hot dog wrap

A hot dog topped with avocado, cheese and jalapenos on a bun placed in a hot dog wrap

It’s tough to improve on classic nachos, the ultimate appetizer that’s a perfect mishmash of textures and flavors. Leave it to grill master Bobby Flay to dress up his hot dogs with the same flavorful ingredients — even broken tortilla chips for crunch.

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