Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

in Dinner

This is such a silly “recipe.” Do you need to know how to wrap bacon around a hot dog and put onions and red bell peppers on it? No. You totally caught me wanting to do something I’ve wanted to do for a loooong time.

Bacon wrapped hot dogs are always that “post bar 4th meal” kind of thing that happens totally by accident. If you live in LA (or have visited), you’re probably familiar with these bacon hot dog stands that exist on the sidewalks of East LA after-hours. If you’re not, then it’s definitely something you should experience at least once–they’re pretty amazing.

Better yet, save your dollarzzz on a plane ticket, splurge on some shoes (I know you got some in mind) and just follow this super “joke of a recipe”!

These are hot dogs. This is bacon.


JK, so yeah, you wrap the bacon around the hot dogs. I found that thinly sliced bacon actually works best. If it’s too thick it won’t wrap all the way around. This should be easy, not difficult, you know?

Then there’s vegetables. I used red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper and white onion. I personally love red bell peppers because they’re sort of sweet.

Yellow peppers are less sweet, less flavorful, but they’re aight. Green bell peppers would work out just fine, too.

It goes in a pan with some hot oil and a heavy dash of salt and pepper. Your house will smell amazing.

Place some serrano peppers (or jalepeno peppers) on the grates of your stove. Then turn it on. This will blister them and lightly charr them. If you’re brave and like heat, put them in the hot dog. This is what I do at 2am. And then yesterday at 4pm.

Now, I made some personal adjustments. First, I used organic, nitrate-free hot dogs. I recommend this. I used apple wood smoked bacon. I also recommend this. And lastly, I put it on a brioche hot dog. Whoa! So good. Definitely not necessary but for sure a good look.

This whole thing is simple, delicious and so super awesome. And soooo East LA!

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

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4 hot dogs
4 thinly sliced bacon
Olive Oil
1/2 white onion, medium sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, medium sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, medium sliced
Salt and Pepper
4 serrano peppers (or jalepeño)
4 hot dog buns

1. Wrap each hot dog with one slice of bacon tightly. Set aside.

2. Place serrano peppers on the grate of your range. Turn heat to medium and cook peppers on each side until lightly charred. Set aside.

3. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over high heat. When hot, add white onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until softened.

4. Grill bacon-wrapped hot dogs over medium-high heat until charred and heated through, 6 to 8 minutes, being sure to cook on all four sides. Heat hot dog buns on the grill too, if you like. Serve hot dogs in hot dog buns and top each with onion and pepper mixture.

Makes 4 Hot Dogs

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Allyn June 22, 2012 at 7:09 am

Hells. Yeah.


brandi June 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

anything with bacon is good in our house. i have NOT tried this at home yet. maybe this is a sign…


Le Man and Wife June 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

Whatever, I love this idea!! Looks delicious. :)


Bev @ Bev Cooks June 22, 2012 at 7:23 am

I want to be soooo East LA! I’m on it.


the wanna be country girl June 22, 2012 at 7:35 am

What a great idea! I’m having one of those, “now why didn’t think of that” moments. I’m sure glad you did. My kids will love this, and their mom and dad will too. :)


Kelsey @aslolife June 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

My husband would be in heaven if I made these–we made Kebobs last night and the first thing he asked was if he could wrap the chicken in bacon lol


Wanda June 22, 2012 at 8:14 am

We love bacon & this recipe is perfect for summer time & my family. Thanks!


Margarita June 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

i haven’t had a hot dog in a long time… if i were to give in and have a hot dog (which my boyfriend, by the way, has been wondering if we could buy), i will definitely do it the Adrianna aka “East LA” way!


Aimee June 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

oh my goodness, i love hot dogs (especially grilled!) and i love bacon and it looks amazing with onions and peppers on top. mmm. definitely gonna make these!!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 22, 2012 at 10:38 am

And that’s why I love Summer!


Jen of My Tiny Oven June 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

We always used to make bacon dogs when we were camping. Nothing better than bacon wrapped around a hotdog, cooked over an open fire!! Delish!


Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

Love the char runnin’ all through this! Charred peppers, charred bacon, charred bun… What cancer-causing carcinogens? I can get into this.


Megan June 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

Whoa, I’m so hungry! There’s one place by my house that claims to have California style tacos and also has bacon wrapped hot dogs! Now I get it! These look awesome BTW.


Val June 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Ha! I’ve definitely indulged in these coming out of a concert in LA, but sometimes you don’t want to have “street meat” so this is a great way to bring it home. Nice addition of the peppers!


LouAnn June 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

keep it simple stupid is sometimes the best advice – these look awesome


lynn @ the actor's diet June 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

bacon wrapped hot dogs are no joke! my little cousin had them at his birthday party and i was blown away:


Michelle June 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Um, yes please! Just like the ones on the street after concerts!


Liz June 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

If I’m kind of an indoor kid and don’t want to fire up the grill, how would you recommend cooking up the dogs? Cast iron?


Adrianna June 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I actually used a grill pan. That totally works too!


Adrianna June 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Also, if you don’t have a grill pan, no biggie–just use a cast iron skillet. :)


Amber @ The Cook's Sister June 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

While I may not need you to show me how to wrap a hot dog in a piece of bacon… I definitely needed you to suggest it! I’m probably the only one here who hasn’t trued a bacon-wrapped hot dog, but I will for sure try it out now that I know about it!


Diana July 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Only in LA baby!


amanda November 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

hart attack waiting to happen


Adrianna November 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm



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