Mexican Hot Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream

by Erin

Change up your usual toppings and opt for and avocado-corn salsa, chipotle cream, and cotija cheese to make these Mexican hot dogs.

Mexican Hot Dogs with Corn Salsa.

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When grocery shopping I always bring reusable shopping bags and have never run into a cashier that seemed confused by them. However, half the time I bring them into other stores such as Target, Marshalls, etc. the cashier starts looking for a bar code tag even though the first thing I said to them upon approaching was “Hi, I am using my own bag today”.

Reusable bags are common enough these days to not have it be so odd to bring one into a regular department store. Besides, I’m not going to avoid plastic bags at the grocery store just to acquire them elsewhere. I do use them for my small bathroom trash can and really should work on an alternative, but I don’t need very many to meet that call to duty.

Making Homemade Corn Salsa.

Which brings me to a cool thing happening on the west coast (other than my brother, sister-in-law and nephew moving there in a month) – bans on plastic bags! It started in San Francisco in 2007 and has slowly spread to other major cities over the years such as Los Angeles and Sacramento. Chicago, Portland and Dallas look like they might be next in 2013. So start busting out those reusable bags if you haven’t already!

And as I update this post 10 years later (2023), certain stores in Columbus, OH where I live now have started banning them. Evidently this trend did not spread quite as quickly as anticipated haha.

Mexican Hot Dogs and Corn Salsa, served with Street Corn.

Oh and food? Yes you are here for food not my ramblings and I am here to tell you to make these Mexican hot dogs. They are regular turkey hot dogs topped with Mexican inspired deliciousness – which I actually recently learned usually involves bacon because in Mexico they think American put bacon on everything. Instead, these Mexican hot dogs are topped with a salsa made from corn, jalapeno, avocado and some seasonings.

But it doesn’t stop there. Next some chipotle peppers come out to play mixed with Greek yogurt for a perfect chipotle cream topping. Perfect served with street corn or some spicy sweet potato fries, which are delicious dipped in any leftover cream (which totally happens when you forget to top your hot dog with it until halfway through your meal, hence the one photo below that actually has the sauce – ha!).

Mexican Hot Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream.

Mexican Hot Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream.


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 avocado, seeded, peeled and diced


  • 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt (I used 2% plain Chobani)
  • 1/2 tsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or more to taste


  • 4 of your favorite hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • Cotija cheese, for garnish


  1. For the salsa: In a large bowl, add the corn, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, sugar, and salt, stirring until evenly distributed. Carefully fold in the avocado; set aside.
  2. For the cream: In a small bowl whisk together Greek yogurt and adobo sauce; set aside.
  3. For the hot dogs: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Add hot dogs to the grill and cook until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes a side.
  4. To assemble the hot dogs, add hot dogs into each hot dog bun, top with corn salsa, a drizzle of chipotle cream, and crumbled cotija cheese.
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Source: Adapted slightly from Damn Delicious.

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Turkey Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream

Post updated 7/18/2023, photo above is the original.

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 9, 2013 - 7:56 pm

These are AWESOME!!

Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats July 8, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Wow now this is an awesome twist on a plain old hot dog. There’s nothing boring about this!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers July 8, 2013 - 5:53 pm

I love Mexican hot dogs. I do the same type of thing and my Husband thinks it’s weird! However, when I’m out of buns, I throw it on a tortilla! I love it and your hot dog looks delish!! Perfect combo!

Nessa July 8, 2013 - 5:41 pm


Zainab July 8, 2013 - 3:30 pm

I love these dogs coz they are turkey and the dressing is fancy :))

natalie@thesweetslife July 8, 2013 - 2:36 pm

you can’t go wrong with jazzed up turkey burgers!!

Mr. & Mrs. P July 8, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Ha! What a great idea!!! Nice way to dress up a hot dog!

Tracey July 8, 2013 - 11:31 am

I’ve never had trouble with my reusable bags at Target, but confusion has ensued at a few other stores. Silly cashiers! Anyway, I am in love with your hot dogs – if I wasn’t trying to detox today I’d be whipping these up for lunch :)

Christina | Simply Yum July 8, 2013 - 11:21 am

This looks so good! Always looking for more interesting and delicious toppings for my hotdogs. Ketchup and mustard just don’t cut it!

steph@stephsbitebybite July 8, 2013 - 11:07 am

Get outta here with these!!!

Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} July 8, 2013 - 8:29 am

I always meet the confused cashier!! It seems like every time I say “I have my own bags” and I point to them, they start bagging in the plastic bags anyway!! Oh… and these hot dogs look fantastic!!


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