Tucson Sonoran Hot Dogs

3 STOPS | 8 MILES | 24 min

Scores of vendors throughout Tucson sell the outlandish “hot-dog estilo Sonora,” each adding a personal twist to a formula that starts with a supple Mexican bun and a bacon-sheathed hot dog cooked to the point that bacon flavor melts into the dog, leaving the outside patched with streaks of lean. The full condiment line-up includes beans (often underneath the hot dog), chopped tomatoes, onions, mustard, jalapeno sauce, and mayonnaise – all arranged with the brio of a Jackson Pollock painting. On the side of every Sonoran hot dog comes a roasted guero pepper, which looks like a pale jalapeno (guero = blond) and can be every bit as hot.


BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs

One of Tucson, Arizona's premier sources of the Sonoran hot dog, BK's also has a menu of superior tacos, tortas, caramelos, burros and quesadillas.


El Manantial

One of the great sources for Tucson's Sonoran hot dog, El Manantial is a food truck that provides picnic-table seating with shade from the sun.


El Guero Canelo

For Sonoran-style Mexican food, especially for Sonoran hot dogs, El Guero Canelo is a picnic-style restaurant that is a Tuscon, Arizona, best bet.