Chorizo Hot Dogs
on Jul 15, 2013, Updated Jun 27, 2023
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Topped with red pepper and onion relish, grilled chorizo hot dogs are an upgrade on standard hot dogs. They’re spicy and great for cookouts.
Hot dogs are a summertime staple whether at a cookout or the ballpark, but I can’t say that I am a fan of the standard dog.
It had been ages since I consumed a hot dog until I spotted the constant queue at Brindisa in London’s Borough Market.
The Spanish stall serves a grilled chorizo sandwich topped with Piquillo peppers and arugula all nestled snuggly in a roll.
Some might say this is not a hot dog, but I consider it to be in the gourmet classification of encased meats.
At the farmer’s market last weekend I picked up a pack of lamb chorizo sausages from Mint Creek Farm, which specializes in grass fed meats on its certified organic prairie pastures.
I figured this would be the perfect way to make chorizo hot dogs inspired by the ones at Brindisa.
Instead of Piquillo peppers, I whipped up a red pepper and onion relish that had a satisfying tartness thanks to the addition of sherry vinegar.
Memories of Saturday mornings spent at the market all came back with the first bite.
Chorizo Hot Dogs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 red onion diced small
- 1 red pepper seeded and diced small
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 4 chorizo sausages either lamb or pork
- 4 hot dog buns
- 1 handful arugula
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add the red pepper and continue cooking for another 3 minutes until the peppers have softened. Add the sugar, salt, pepper and vinegar and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Set aside. (Note: The relish can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator).
- Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium high heat.
- Grill the chorizo sausages, turning occasionally, until they are browned and cooked though, about 15 minutes.
- Place a sausage in each of the buns and garnish with arugula and red pepper relish.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.