There’s something magical about a clammy, sleek hot dog. It’s almost as if it were made to be swallowed whole, or at least quickly and efficiently. Imagine: It slides down your esophagus like a toboggan, leaving behind marvelous smears of ketchup and mustard. Then, “splash,” it plunges into your stomach acid like a seasoned Olympic diver. That’s where it dissolves like a large, tasty pill full of protein, convenient as food gets.
But despite its ability to satiate speedily, a hot dog can only quench so much hunger on its own. In other words, it could use a few friends, some delectable side dishes to help it go down. Don’t know what to make? Not a problem — I asked glizzy enthusiasts from around the globe what to serve with hot dogs. Here’s what they suggested.
Richard Pink, co-owner of Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood:
- Guacamole and Tortilla Chips: The coolness of guacamole goes well against the heat of a hot dog topped with chili.
- Deep-Fried Dill Pickles: The nice crunch with a sour taste works with the sweetness of the bun.
- Mozzarella Sticks: The cheesy taste is nice against the spice of the hot dog and chili (if you’re having a chili dog, that is).
- Zucchini Sticks: The crunchy texture is tasty against the softness of the bun.
- Tortilla Chips or French Fries Topped With Guacamole and Nacho Cheese: The crunchy texture and sweetness of the guacamole, and spice of the nacho cheese, go well against the blandness of a plain hot dog with just mustard. Meanwhile, classic French fries dressed with sweet guacamole and spicy nacho cheese make the hot dog a complete meal. If you want an even bigger meal, throw some thinly sliced grilled steak on there, too.
- French Fries and Ketchup: A classic.
- French Fries Topped With Bacon Bits and Ranch Dressing or Nacho Cheese: The saltiness of the fries and bacon adds to the saltiness of the hot dog for a memorable taste.
- French Fries Topped With Pastrami, Bacon and Nacho Cheese: A meal in and of itself, but perfect for the hot dog lover with a big appetite.
- Chili Fries Topped With Shredded Cheddar Cheese: For chili lovers who prefer to separate the chili from the hot dog.
- Onion Rings and BBQ Sauce: The sweetness of the rings and BBQ sauce work as a compliment to the saltiness of the hot dog.
- Coleslaw With Pineapple Chunks: The sweet pineapple goes with hot dogs and adds to the texture of the coleslaw for a perfect blend.
- Sweet BBQ Beans: The heartiness of the beans is always a nice combo with hot dogs.
- Bag of Hot Cheetos Filled With Nacho Cheese and Jalapeños: Offers a seriously spicy offset to the hot dogs.
- Corn on the Cob: The downside is having to put down the hot dog to eat the corn.
- Hot Yellow Peppers: Seriously spicy — adds “bam” to the hot dog.
Jim Moore, multi-platform barbecue influencer: The hot dog needs to remain the star of the show, so I’d normally stick with salted potato chips or fries and maybe a few pickled poblano peppers on the side.
Hot Dog Lovers on r/Grilling:
- Potato salad
- Pasta salad
- Fruit salad
- Grilled veggies
- Broccoli salad
- Bacon-wrapped, stuffed jalapeño poppers
So, as you can see, just about anything goes well with a hot dog, whether it be a small side, like potato chips, or a whole other meal, like pastrami-covered French fries. All the more proof that there really is something magical about glizzies.