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Of all the meals and dinners that we grill in the summer time, hot dogs are always the thing that light up my kids’ eyes. They love chicken skewers, burgers, and even grilled fish, but it never fails that when I ask “How about we have hot dogs for dinner?” they perk up and start bobbing their heads in agreement. They’re so cute when they get excited about dinner.

Brats and beef for Homemade Hot Dog Toppings

I love having the kids home with me during the summer. The house seems much livelier and running errands is always an adventure. Last week we ran to ALDI to pick up some things for dinner (hot dogs and brats!). A is fascinated with the quarter machine for the carts and C loves to plug the cart back in at the end of our shopping trip. We ended up picking up some Parkview Smoked Brats, hot dogs and many other ingredients to make some easy homemade toppings to go with them.

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We are big avocado fans and I can always find them for a good price at ALDI, so I grabbed a few of those as well as some red onion, cilantro, garlic, and limes. C came up with the idea of adding some guacamole to our hot dogs and I thought that was a brilliant plan. We also picked up some lean ground beef and a few fresh bell peppers at ALDI to make a quick chili sauce and tangy sweet and sour pepper relish.

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When we got home, I was slightly worried that I had planned on too many toppings, but was thrilled that they came together so fast. No one should need to sweat over a stove all night in the summertime. I’m all about simple dinners, which is great because the guacamole takes just minutes to make and was an amazingly creamy, zippy topping to our brats and hot dogs.

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The homemade chili sauce was simple, too, and could be made spicier with more chili powder if that’s your thing. My kiddos don’t love things too spicy, so my recipe is written with more of a sloppy joe/sweet chili type of sauce. It tasted incredible piled high with cheddar cheese and some red onion. So, so good!

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The pepper relish is close to my heart because I seriously adore anything pickled or briny. For this relish you literally dump everything into your sauce pan and let it cook down.

Pepper Relish Dogs - Homemade Hot Dog Toppings

All in all these homemade hot dog toppings are so much fun! They add some pizazz to your usual hot dogs and brats that make the meal feel extra special. You can make these all in one evening and even play around with mixing and matching the toppings (the chili sauce paired with the relish is my favorite!) or just pick one to make and your night is even easier.

Next time we have family and friends over for a cookout (this weekend most likely?!) I’m planning on making double batches of all of these homemade hot dog toppings to serve up with grilled brats and hot dogs. That is my kind of party!

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Homemade Hot Dog Toppings - Chili Cheese Dogs, Guacamole Dogs, Pepper Relish Dogs

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Homemade Hot Dog Toppings

Yield: 6 hot dogs per topping


Guacamole Dog

  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 small limes, juiced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 6 Parkview Smoked Brats, grilled for serving
  • 6 L’oven Fresh Long Potato Rolls, lightly grilled, for serving

Chili Cheese Dog

  • 1 Tablespoon Carlini 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup SimplyNature Organic Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Burman’s Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 6 Parkview Smoked Brats, grilled, for serving
  • 6 L’oven Fresh Long Potato Rolls, lightly grilled, for serving
  • Happy Farms Preferred Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded, for serving
  • diced red onion for serving

Pepper Relish Dog

  • 3 bell peppers, any color, diced (I used one red, one yellow, and one orange)
  • 1 - 14.5 oz. can Happy Harvest Diced Tomatoes, drained very well
  • 1/2 cup Tuscan Garden Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup SimplyNature Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 6 Parkview Smoked Brats, grilled, for serving
  • 6 L’oven Fresh Long Potato Rolls, lightly grilled, for serving
  • Burman’s Spicy Brown Mustard, for serving


Guacamole Dog

Mix avocados, red onion (reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish), garlic, cilantro leaves, and lime juice in a medium size bowl. Place a grilled brat in the roll and top with guacamole and reserved red onion.


Chili Cheese Dog

In a medium size sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add lean ground beef and cook, breaking it apart with a spoon or spatula, until beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add ketchup, mustard, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper. Cook chili mixture until sauce is bubbling and has thickened, about 3 more minutes.

Place grilled brat into the roll and top with chili sauce, shredded cheese and diced red onion.


Pepper Relish Dog

Combine bell peppers, diced tomatoes, white vinegar, sugar, yellow mustard seeds, celery seeds, and kosher salt in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Allow mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced slightly and peppers are soft, about 16-18 minutes. Allow pepper relish to cool.

Place grilled brat into the roll and top with pepper relish and mustard.


June 29th, 2016

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4 comments on “Homemade Hot Dog Toppings”

  1. These hot dogs look phenom! I’ve especially got my eye on that pepper relish topping. 😉

  2. WE LOVE our Aldi! Now I’m making a list and planning my next trip — these hot dog toppings need to be recreated here at my house!