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Colombian Hot Dogs

You might not even see the meat beneath this pile of potato chips, sauce, and quail eggs.

For those accustomed to seeing their hot dogs adorned with a simple strip of ketchup, mustard, or relish, Colombia’s perro caliente might spark sensory overload. First, you notice the layer of crumbled potato chips. Then there’s the criss-crossing drizzles of garlic mayo, salsa rosada, and pineapple sauce. And if your vendor was feeling particularly decadent, three quail eggs might rest on top. The pile of crunchy, creamy, fruity toppings is so high, you might forget there’s a boiled hot dog beneath.

The snacks make the perfect street food after a late night of dancing or drinking in cities such as Medellín. If you can’t make it to Colombia, keep an eye out for this unique dog in neighborhoods with thriving Colombian immigrant communities, such as Jackson Heights in Queens, New York.

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Creative vendors sometimes add even more toppings to the mix, including cole slaw, bacon, lettuce, and cheese.

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