Mexican (Avocado) Hot Dog

Cover recipe- Food Network Magazine, Mexican (Avocado) Hot Dogs:     June 2011

The June issue of Food Network Magazine is listed as “Hot Dog!  The Grilling Issue.”  This isn’t an issue about grilling hot dogs.  It’s an issue devoted to grilling everything… veggies, romaine lettuce, burgers, kebabs, etc.  The insert is a spotlight on how to make 50 different condiments to put on burgers and hot dogs and more.  I’m not really quite sure why hot dogs made the cover, other than they probably thought it would be fun to show that you can do more with a hot dog besides your usual ketchup/mustard/relish combo.  Their take:  Give your franks some international appeal with these topping combos.

Versions of hot dogs from various country themes are represented.  I’m fairly certain you would never be able to find hot dogs of this type in the countries mentioned, but it’s fun to see the flavor combinations they came up with.  Examples: Greek = tzatziki, cucumber and kalamata olives.  Chinese = wasabi mayonnaise, Asian snack mix and pickled ginger.  American = barbecue sauce, pulled pork and coleslaw.  I’m not sure they all sound super appetizing, but I give them an A+ for creativity.  Read below for what I thought of their Mexican hot dog (featured on the cover)…

Avocado Hot Dogs

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Mexican (Avocado) Hot Dog

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 10 min + chill time

Cook Time: 8 min

Funny, coincidental tidbit... I was in Venice Beach (near Hollywood) several weeks ago at a beachside bar, and I ordered an avocado hot dog on their menu.  It just had avocado and tomato, with mayonnaise as the condiment.


hot dog
chipotle mayonnaise
cotija cheese, crumbled
avocado, chopped


1.  Grill bun and hot dog.
2.  Top with chipotle mayonnaise, cotija cheese and avocado.


*I used Hebrew National Hot Dogs for testing purposes.
*I grilled both the bun and the hot dog.
*If you're not familiar with cotija cheese, it's a round-shaped Latin-American cheese- usually found near the cream cheese in your market.  It crumbles easily with your fingers.
*Wouldn't you think that the magazine would have included "chipotle mayonnaise" in their Condiments insert?  Nope.  Nowhere to found.  I suppose you can purchase that variety of mayo at the store, but I went ahead and made some myself. I mixed 2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise with 1 teaspoon or so of chipotle sauce (from a can of chipotle chiles in adobo).

Source:  Food Network Magazine, June 2011

The results:

If you are an avocado lover… you might very well love this hot dog.  I enjoyed the combination a lot.  Cotija Cheese lends a salty element to the hot dog, combined with a tiny bit of spice from the chipotle mayonnaise and the fresh flavor of chunky avocado.  This is how I want to eat my hot dogs from here on out!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Sure!  Hot dogs are pretty much standard fare for summer grilling here in America, and it was fun feature to show the world different ways to dress them up.  And hey, burgers often get featured in the spotlight- loaded with all kinds of stuff- so why not hot dogs for a change?

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

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11 Responses to “Perfect Gingerbread Men”

  1. 1

    Caroline — December 10, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    Nothing says christmas like gingerbread men! The Food Network magazine has some great recipes and, like you, I am a fan of their visual index

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    Elle — December 11, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Oh, great job–it looks so sweet! Also love to hear that the dough is easy to work with–that’s good to know. I may just check out the mag, too. I’ve kind of avoided because I thought the same thing you did.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 11, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    fun recipe! She’s so cute :)

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    Kelly — December 11, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    Love it! And perfect timing, too. I discovered some fun Christmas cookie cutters I’d completely forgotten about and want to make gingerbread cookies with them. Now I know what recipe to use!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — December 11, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    I was just staring at the cover of this magazine a few days ago! That gingerbread girl is so, so CUTE!!!

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — December 11, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Oh these are truly adorable!! Lovee the flower :)

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    LilSis — December 11, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    I subscribe to this magazine also and I always find great recipes in it! I loved this cover and it made me want to make my own gingerbread men, (and women), but I haven’t yet tackled the challenge. I’ve never made gingerbread before so I’m a bit intimidated!

    Yours turned out as cute as the one on the cover!! :-)

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    Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — December 11, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

    You did a fabulous job recreating them!!

  9. 9

    Tracey — December 11, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    Your gingerbread woman is adorable! I’ve been eying this recipe since I saw the cover and am finally making it this weekend so I’m glad to hear it turned out well.

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — December 11, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    I just purchased this magazine, I couldn’t resist that cute cover. Your gingerbread woman looks perfect. So cute.

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — December 16, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    Good to know about The Food Network magazine. Like you, I’ve also been skeptical about its contents…but admittedly, haven’t really ever given it a try. I enjoy watching many of the network’s personalities and shows, but didn’t want cookware and products splashed all over my magazine pages’ content (which wouldn’t be any different from any of the other food mags).

    I luv what you’ve done here on this site of Culinary Covers. What a great idea!

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