10 Ways to Take Your Hot Dogs to the Next Level

From scratch-made chili dogs to fresh salsa sliders, these easy recipes will kick your backyard BBQ into high gear.

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Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

“Here’s a juicy, delicious and savoury meal in a bun! I make these bacon-wrapped hot dogs for picnics, barbecues and tailgate parties, and they always get compliments. To transport, wrap the hot dogs in foil and then in paper.” —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

Get the recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs.

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Cincinnati Chili Dogs

“My in-laws are from Ohio, so we have Cincinnati chili at many of our family gatherings. I spiced up this family classic with cinnamon and cocoa powder and then ladled it over hot dogs. It’s perfect for game day, tailgates and potlucks.” —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

Get the recipe for Cincinnati Chili Dogs.

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Hungarian Hot Dogs

Each American city dishes up hot dogs with its own combination of toppings. Toledo is no exception. We came up with a version of Tony Packo’s Hungarian hot dog, which is a citywide favourite in Toledo, Ohio. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Get the recipe for Hungarian Hot Dogs.

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Sloppy Joe Dogs

“There are so many different ways to top a hot dog, but this tasty sloppy joe version beats them all.” —Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

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Chipotle Chili Dogs

“Long live childhood favourites! I created this recipe for the 125th anniversary of a small town in Minnesota. The medium spice level means that people of all ages love the flavours.” —Barb Templin, Norwood, Minnesota

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Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa

“For parties, we shrink lots of foods to slider size, including these quick hot dogs. Pile on the easy but irresistible fruit salsa for a burst of fresh flavour.” —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

Get the recipe for Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa.

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Jersey-Style Hot Dogs

“I grew up in northern New Jersey, where hot dogs with grilled potatoes were born. It’s a combo you’ll love.” —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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Chili Coney Dogs

“From the youngest kids to the oldest adults, everyone in our family loves these hot dogs. Inspired by the classic Coney dog, they’re so easy to throw together in the morning or even the night before.” —Michele Harris, Vicksburg, Michigan

Get the recipe for Chili Coney Dogs.

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My Favourite Chili Dogs

“The very thought of a hot dog dressed in chili makes me giddy. To get that straight-from-the-ballpark taste, I combine ketchup, mustard, chili and pepper sauce.” —Patricia Pauling, Adams, New York

Get the recipe for My Favourite Chili Dogs.

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Mexican Hot Dogs

“My stepmom was born in Mexico and introduced us to hot dogs with avocado and bacon. We were instantly hooked. Now our whole family makes them.” —Amanda Brandenburg, Hamilton, Ohio

Get the recipe for Mexican Hot Dogs.

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Bandito Chili Dogs

“These deluxe chili dogs are a surefire hit at family functions and tailgates. Adults and children alike love the cheesy chili sauce, and the toppings are fun!” —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon

Get the recipe for Bandito Chili Dogs.

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Rhode Island Hot Wieners

“Many Rhode Islanders spell wiener with an ‘ei’ and serve theirs ‘all the way’ with meat sauce, mustard, onion and a sprinkle of celery salt.” —Karen Barros, Bristol, Rhode Island

Get the recipe for Rhode Island Hot Wieners.

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Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs

“We wanted to get creative with hot dogs, so we made a mac-and-cheesy one. Pile on the extra cheese, relish and even bacon.” —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

Get the recipe for Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs.

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Beefy Chili Dogs

“For years, people have told me I make the best hot dog chili out there. It’s timeless, it’s family-friendly, and I carry the recipe with me because people ask for it.” —Vicki Boyd, Mechanicsville, Virginia

Get the recipe for Beefy Chili Dogs.

Next, check out 12 refreshing frozen drinks that would go down beautifully with a hot dog!

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