Grilled Salsa Dogs

A simple, fresh salsa made with plum tomatoes, garlic, jalapeño peppers and cilantro is a great alternative topping for grilled hot dogs. For the best results, you’ll want to prepare it ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend.

Grilled Salsa Dogs

Grilled Salsa Dogs

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Grilled hot dogs topped with a simple tomato salsa flavored with garlic, jalapeño peppers, cilantro and lime.


  • 6 good quality hot dogs (uncured if possible)
  • 6 hot dog rolls, lightly buttered and toasted

For the salsa:

  • 6 plum tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. About 1-1/2 hours before serving, prepare the topping by combining the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeños, cilantro and lime juice in a small bowl.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to develop. Drain well before transferring to a serving bowl.
  3. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat. Score the hot dogs at 1-inch intervals on 2 opposite sides.
  4. Oil the grill grates, add the hot dogs and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, turning them frequently with tongs as they cook.
  5. Serve the hot dogs in toasted buns and top with fresh salsa.