July is National Hot Dog Month, but I seriously think it should be a National Hot Dog Season. The guys in our house love hot dogs, so many of our summer cookouts involve a package of hot dogs. Open them up, thrown on the grill…easy!
In honor of National Hot Dog Month, I decided to do something that I’ve never done before. I combined my love of Tex-Mex food (more specifically fajitas), with my families love of hot dogs. I wasn’t entirely sure if it would work, but it did and I gotta say that I now have a favorite way of enjoying one of America’s favorite grilled foods.
Here’s how I made them:
To start, I wanted an assortment of colorful bell peppers and a few onions. I bought green, red, orange, and yellow peppers. You certainly don’t have to have all the different colors of peppers, but I always try to have at least a red and green.
To prepare them for grilling, I washed them and cut them. The way I cut them is that I cut off the top (the stem), remove the seeds from the inside, and then I slice the pepper in half lengthwise.
The onions are peeled and then cut in half.
Next, I got my hot dogs ready — I used Farmer John Beef Franks.
Quick story: The Farmer John brand is favorite for our family. They are a long-time sponsor of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is our absolute favorite baseball team, so we’ve grown up hearing them mentioned during all the baseball games. When we lived in Virginia, we couldn’t get Farmer John products and it always made me feel a bit homesick when I heard the name “Farmer John”. Now that we are living in Nevada, we can enjoy them again!
Now that our hot dogs, peppers and onions are ready, we can start grilling. We put the onions cut side down on the grill and we put the peppers on there too. When they start to get nice char marks, we flip them over.
And we grilled our Farmer John Beef Hot Dogs too. This was our first time grilling on our new grill, so the hot dogs were slip sliding all over the place, but luckily hot dogs are easy to grill and hard to mess up!
Once the peppers and onions were done, I brought them in the house and when they were cool enough to handle, I sliced them into strips.
Now are you are ready to assemble! Place your Farmer John Beef Frank into a hot dog bun, top it with shredded cheddar cheese, your grilled peppers and onions, and guacamole. You could also add other favorite fajita toppings such as salsa, tomatoes, sour cream, sliced jalapenos and more. We served ours with some spicy black beans and cole slaw.
These were seriously good! I would take a bite and then turn to David and ask “aren’t they good?” about 50 million times. He’s such a good guy to put up with me! LOL
I’d love to hear what you favorite toppings are for hot dogs! Leave me a comment and let me know…July may be National Hot Dog Month, but we’ll be grilling them all summer.
- Farmer John Beef Franks (1-2 per person)
- Hot Dog Buns (1 per hot dog - best to use thicker, larger ones)
- Bell Peppers (at least 2 different colors)
- Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, guacamole, salsa, chopped tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, sliced olives
- Heat grill on medium, approximately 300 degrees F.
- Wash bell peppers. Cut off tops (stems) and discard seeds from inside. Slice bell peppers in half lengthwise. Peel onions and cut in half.
- Place bell peppers on the grill with cut side up. Place onions on the grill with cut side down. When they have nice char markings, turn them over and repeat on other sides. Remove from grill when the peppers and onions have softened, have char marks, and are cooked to your desire. When cool enough to handle, slice grilled bell peppers and onions into strips.
- Place hot dogs on the grill so that they are lying across (perpendicular) the grates. Cook for about 2 minutes and then roll hot dogs a bit so that another part of the hot dog that hasn't touched the grate yet is now resting on it. Continue until your hot dog has char marks as desired and it slightly browned. Remove from grill when you are happy with with the appearance -- our hot dogs generally take no longer than 5 minutes.
- Assemble fajita hot dogs by place a hot dog into a bun and then topping with peppers, onions, and desired toppings.