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If you've ever visited the Tucson area of southern Arizona, you've probably noticed numerous taco stands, taco trucks, and hot dog stands that advertise "Sonoran Style Hot Dogs."  This style of Mexican hot dog originated in the state of Sonora, and has made its way north into Arizona.  Grill your bacon wrapped hot dog, place it in a bolillo, add pinto beans, your choice of condiments, and you have a delicious Sonora-style hot dog.

Special tools:  Grill, indoor or outdoor will work just fine
Preparation time:  About 5 minutes
Grilling time:  About 4 minutes
Yield:  2 servings

2 hot dogs, any variety
2 bolillos; available in most Latin grocery stores and bakeries
1 cup canned pinto beans; 1/2 cup per hot dog; use more or less to taste
2 slices bacon, any variety
1 tomato, chopped; I prefer hard Roma tomatoes|
1/2 onion, diced, Sonora street vendors prefer white onions, but any variety can be used
2 yellow chili peppers; see text
Suggested condiments:
Salsa verde, guacamole, mustard, mayonnaise, lime slices

Fire up the grill to high high.  While grill is heating, dice tomato and onions.  Wrap 1 slice of bacon around each hot dog.  Place hot dogs and chili peppers on grill.  Grill hot dogs and chili peppers, turning once to insure "sear" marks, until bacon is semi-crisp, but still chewy, about 4 minutes.  

Remove the hot dogs from the grill, and tuck one hot dog inside a bolillo.  Unlike U.S.-style buns, the bun isn't split, as its sort of hollowed out in the middle, and the ends remain closed.  Cooked pinto beans are placed in the upper part of the bun, next to, and  above the hot dog, then the diced tomatoes and onions are placed on top of the beans.  Salsa verde and guacamole are placed on the bun, below the hot dog, and then mustard and mayonnaise are placed over the dog and the condiments.  For a super authentic taste, squeeze the juice of half a lime over the condiments, as per the style of Sonora. The grilled chili peppers are placed next to the loaded hot dog, and you're ready to enjoy your Sonora-style hot dog.

Sonora-style hot dogs elevate the hot dog to an entirely new level.  You may have trouble finding bolillos in your local supermarket, so you probably will need to visit your local panaderia, or Mexican bakery to find them. If you can't find bolillos, use the large, soft, stadium-style hot dog buns, which will do a pretty good job, but it won't be the same as using a bolillo.  

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