Hot Dogs a la Mexicana (also known as salchichas) is a delicious and colorful dish that marries the flavors of Mexican cuisine with the satisfying taste of sausages. This delightful recipe is perfect for a lively family dinner or a casual gathering with friends. Salchichas a la Mexicana is a versatile and easy-to-prepare dish that will bring a burst of flavor and spice to any table.
Mexican Recipes Using Hot Dogs (Salchichas)
In Mexico, we love hotdogs and cooking other meals with them. For example, we have the basic hotdogs topped with chopped onion and tomato, a drizzle of ketchup, and a dab of mustard and mayonnaise. We also have them wrapped with bacon, topped with jalapeños, cole slaw, and an array of toppings depending on the locality.
But besides the classic hotdog, we also cook them in other meals with them. Again, it may be the fact of being readily available and relatively inexpensive. Plus, hotdogs can be used in a wide variety of dishes, like sliced in easy stews (guisos), like this recipe for Hotdogs Mexican Style. They can be mixed with scrambled eggs, deviled style with very spicy, or added to soups, like Cowboy beans, aka frijoles borrachos or charro beans. Another popular way is with chipotle salsa, and since these sausages are so easy to cook, we also eat them in sandwiches.
Of course, it's important to note that sausages and hot dogs can be high in sodium and saturated fat, so moderation is key when incorporating them into a balanced diet.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hot Dogs a la Mexicana.
Before I share my recipe, I will answer the questions I usually get about this homemade recipe.
What does a la Mexicana mean?
Recipes "a la Mexicana" refer to dishes incorporating fresh ingredients, such as tomatoes, onions, and peppers. The dishes often feature a vibrant color scheme—red, white, and green—representing the colors of the Mexican flag. This combination of ingredients creates a visually appealing presentation and a delightful balance of flavors. Recipes a la Mexicana can include a variety of dishes, such as scrambled eggs, salsa, or meats, and like this dish recipe for hot dogs.
What are the most popular brands of Mexican weiners – Hot dogs?
Mexican sausages or weiners, also known as salchichas, are produced by several popular brands. While there might be regional differences and preferences, some of the famous and widely recognized brands of Mexican weiners include:
Fud and San Rafael as the most well know brands and are famous for their quality and flavor. Another recognized brand is Zwan, with various meat products, including weiners, hams, and canned meats. And lastly, Chimex, a popular brand in northern Mexico, Chimex produces a variety of processed meat products, including weiners, chorizo, and longaniza.
It is important to note that some of these brands may not be readily available outside of Mexico or in specific regions. However, you can always experiment with local brands that offer similar products to create authentic Mexican dishes.
How To store your Salchichas a la Mexicana
After cooking, let the Hot dogs a la Mexicana cool down to room temperature. Then, store them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bags. Next, place the container in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it should last for 3 to 4 days. When reheating, make sure to heat the dish thoroughly to a safe temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure food safety.
How to Make Hot dogs a la Mexicana
Here's a simple recipe for preparing Hotdogs Mexican Style:
- Vegetable or olive oil
- Chopped white onion
- Serrano pepper*, finely diced (adjust to your desired spiciness)
- Garlic, finely chopped
- Hot dog sausage regular size, cut into slices
- Chopped tomato (About 2 plum tomatoes or 6 oz)
- Salt to season
- Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish (optional)
Please note: For exact measurements of the ingredients listed above, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Directions for Hod dogs a la Mexicana:
This recipe is super easy, so there is no need to separate the recipe into sections.
- Slice the hotdogs into bite-sized pieces or diagonally into 1-inch-thick slices.
- Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large skillet or frying pan. Add the chopped onion and cook for 1-2 minutes or until softened and slightly translucent.
- Add the minced garlic and chopped jalapeño or serrano peppers to the skillet. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning the garlic.
- In the same skillet, add the sliced hotdogs and cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are browned and slightly crispy.
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes start to simmer, allowing the flavors to meld and the tomatoes to soften.
- Season with salt, cover the frying pan and lower the heat to medium heat.
- Allow to gently cook for another 5 – 7 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked and have released their juices.
- Remove the skillet from the heat, and garnish the dish with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
- Serve with a side of refried beans and warm corn tortillas or bolillo.
What to serve with Hot dogs a la Mexicana
Salchichas a la Mexicana can be served with various side dishes and accompaniments to create a well-rounded and satisfying meal. Serve the salchichas in a bowl for your next family gathering as an appetizer. For a more substantial meal over a bed of white or red rice. A side of refried beans (frijoles refritos) or pinto beans can complement the dish well and add extra protein and fiber. Or simply served with warm corn or flour tortillas allowing guests to make tacos or use them to scoop up the delicious mixture.
More Authentic Mexican Recipes:
If you enjoyed this recipe for Salchichas Mexican style, take a look at some of these other authentic Mexican recipes:
Hot Dogs a la Mexicana
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
- ¼ cup white chopped onion
- 1 small serrano, finely chopped
- 1 small garlic, finely chopped
- 4 Hot dog sausage regular size, sliced into bite size pieces
- 1-¼ cup chopped tomato (About 2 plum tomatoes or 6 oz)
- Salt to season
- Heat the oil at medium heat using a medium frying pan.
- Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes until it looks transparent.
- Stir in the serrano pepper and garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add the hotdogs slices and stir. Cook for 4 minutes; they will start to get a light golden color on the edges.
- Now, add the chopped tomato, cook and wait until it starts to simmer. About 5 minutes. Season with salt, cover the frying pan and lower the heat to medium heat.
- Allow to gentle cook for another 5 – 7 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked and had released their juices. Serve with a side of refried beans and warm corn tortillas or bolillo.
- If you do not like spicy food, only add ½ of the serrano pepper
- You can also use ½ of Jalapeño pepper instead of Serrano.
- Some people like to add cilantro almost at the end of the cooking time. I like them without them. However, if you love cilantro, you can add 2 Tbsp. of chopped cilantro almost at the end of the cooking time.
- I used Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners Hot Dogs; you can use your favorite brand. This is only for comparison on the size of the wieners I used.
- This dish can be served with a side of refried beans and a side of warm crusty Mexican bolillo or make some tacos with corn tortillas.