Recipe courtesy of Barrio Dogg
El Vaquero (The Cowboy): Chile Con Carne Hot Dog
17 hr 10 min
(includes soaking time)
1 hr 20 min
1 hot dog
17 hr 10 min
(includes soaking time)
1 hr 20 min
1 hot dog


  • 1 Angus beef hot dog
  • 1 artisan hot dog roll 
  • 3 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar 
  • 4 ounces Chile Con Carne, recipe follows
  • 1/2 ounce diced red onion 
  • 1/2 ounce seeded and diced jalapeño  
  • 1/2 ounce sour cream, thinned with a dash water 
  • 1/2 ounce Mexican-style salsa verde, plus more for drizzling 
  • 1/2 ounce store-bought crunchy fried red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cotija
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 
Chile Con Carne:
  • 4 pounds pinto beans
  • 2 pounds black beans 
  • 2 pounds red kidney beans 
  • 4 quarts purified water
  • One 3-pound beef chuck
  • One 3-pound pork butt
  • 2 ounces garlic powder 
  • 2 ounces smoked paprika 
  • 1 ounce ground black pepper 
  • 1 ounce kosher salt 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 white onion, diced 
  • 2 pounds fresh (Mexican-style) pork chorizo
  • 4 ounces dried pasilla chile powder 
  • 2 ounces dried Arbol chile powder 
  • 2 ounces dried California chile powder 
  • 2 ounces dried New Mexico chile powder 
  • 2 ounces ground cumin 
  • 2 ounces onion powder 
  • 1 ounce dried oregano 
  • 1 ounce cayenne pepper


Special equipment: a smoker

Cook hot dog over high heat on griddle or flat top, 7 minutes.

Toast the roll on griddle. Melt all but 1/2 ounce Cheddar on griddle and cook to a crisp. Add to the roll, then add the frank. Add the Chile Con Carne, then sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 ounce Cheddar, the diced onion and jalapeño.

Top with thinned sour cream, salsa verde, crunchy fried onion, Cotija and cilantro.

Chile Con Carne:

Wash and drain all the beans, then soak them, 8 hours or up to overnight. Drain.

Boil the purified water, then add the beans. Bring water back to a boil, then cook until beans are soft to touch, 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a smoker for smoking over hickory and mesquite wood. Sprinkle beef and pork with garlic powder, paprika, pepper and salt,). Smoke beef and pork in smoker, 2 hours, then cut meat into small cubes.

Drain beans into very large pot (reserve cooking liquid).

Heat oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent. Add chorizo and cook thoroughly. Add cubed beef and pork, then the beans. Add as much reserved bean cooking liquid as necessary to cover ingredients, then add the chile powders, cumin, onion powder, oregano and cayenne. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and cook, 6 hours.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.


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