Nacho Style Hot Dogs

nacho style hot dogs

Tailgate season is upon us and these nacho style hot dogs are just what you need to win the day! It’s one of the best times of the year because it is a great excuse to stand outside drinking and eating good food. I have so much tailgating planned for the next few months and I am hyped. Hot dogs are my favorite choice to round out a good tailgate spread!

The idea behind this recipe

I was inspired by cheese and jalapeno flavored hot dogs I found in the store to make these nacho style hot dogs. Don’t worry though, if you can’t find this specific flavor, any cheese or spicy hot dog will do. Plain dogs will work just fine too! At first I was thinking I would add cheese and salsa to the dogs, but when I thought of adding crushed up tortilla chips that’s when I realized these wieners would be winners!

Prepare the buns

Toasting the buns with some butter is very important. This is easy to do on the grill as well, just brush them with the butter and toast on each side before you add the sausages. Most of my “tailgating” happens at home, so I just cook them in a pan. If you ever have thought of making your own hot dog buns, I love this recipe.

toasting the buns

Cook the hot dogs

Next, grill or griddle the dogs! I like mine to get a nice char, so let them cook a bit. Pop them into the toasted buns.

get the hot dog into the buns

Building the nacho style hot dogs

Top the hot dogs with crushed chips, then add the cheese sauce for the nacho style experience. I recently have been putting hot cheese sauce into a thermos and it stays the perfect temp and pour-able consistency all day!

top with the chips cheese sauce and pico de gallo

Add the pico de gallo next.

sour cream is the final ingredient on the nacho style hot dogs

Then, add sour cream. A squeeze bottle of sour cream is also key for portability. plus it makes the nacho style hot dogs look nice!

nacho style hot dogs

Serving the nacho style hot dogs

You could make them all and put them on a platter, or you could make a bar area where people could grab the dogs and add their own toppings. I love doing a hot dog bar!

nacho style hot dogs

All the flavors you want while tailgating in every bite! The creamy cheese goes so well with the juicy sausage links. The chips added a great crunch to these, and the sour cream drove home the nacho flavors.

nacho style hot dogs

Twists on this dish

You could top these with any of your favorite nacho toppings. Go crazy and add some pulled pork!

Check out my post for more inspiration on how to make a great hot dog topping bar!

For more fun hot dog ideas, check out my kung pao dogs, or these carbonara dogs!

Nacho Style Hot Dogs

Jalapeno & Cheddar hot dogs topped with nacho ingredients like cheese sauce, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Including the tortilla chips!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
Servings: 6 hot dogs
Calories: 514kcal


  • 4 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 6 jalapeno cheddar dogs, or your favorite hot dogs
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup homemade or store bought pico de gallo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Make the cheese sauce – mix the evaporated milk and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk until combined. Pour into a small sauce pot and bring to a simmer to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese. Continue to stir until the cheese is fully melted and the sauce is formed, it may need another minute on low heat to allow all the cheese to melt, but be careful not to overheat it.
  • Melt the butter in a pan and toast the buns in the butter. Remove from heat.
  • Cook the hot dogs in the same pan until browned on the edges. Alternatively you could grill them.
  • Add the sausages to the buns.
  • Add the crushed tortilla chips and pour the cheese sauce on top of the sausages.
  • Top with Pico de Gallo and sour cream. Serve.


Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1026mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 649IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 3mg

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