The Sonoran hot dog blends the best of Mexican and American street food: The meaty hot dog is wrapped in bacon, nestled in a pillowy bolillo roll, and topped with an array of condiments, including pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, jalapeño salsa, mayo, and mustard.
Some say the fusion food originated in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state of Sonora (other accounts, however, say it comes from Mexico City). Eventually, word of the decadent dog spread to the United States, particularly Arizona. Vendors known as dogueros sell the hot dog from carts stationed around cities such as Tucson and Phoenix.
Some vendors may diverge from the traditional pile of condiments and opt for mushrooms, guacamole, nacho cheese, or even crushed potato chips.
Need to Know
You might also find Sonoran hot dogs in Californian cities such as San Diego.
Where to Try It
An affordable and family-friendly spot famous for its Sonoran-style hot dogs.
Delicious, affordable Mexican fare with a fresh salsa bar. Dig into a Sonoran-style hot dog or some carne asada tacos while enjoying music videos on the restaurant's assortment of televisions.