10 Regional Hot Dog Recipes For Baseball Season

It's been a long, weird year, but baseball is BACK, baby! And nothing goes better with all 30 teams playing on opening day than some ice cold beer and a hot dog in hand. Can't make it to the stadium for the big game? No worries — hot dogs are ridiculously easy to make at home, whether you choose to grill, boil, pan fry or even microwave your franks. From there, what to do? Sure, you could keep it simple with mustard and sauerkraut or you can try these 10 fun twists on franks.

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Chicago dogs are a category all their own with a very serious fan base. A steamed poppy seed bun is the classic bread choice, while Vienna all-beef hot dogs are the gold standard for the meat. The boiled hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, relish, chopped onions and sport peppers. Finally, tomato slices and dill pickle spears are nestled into the bun beside the dog and the whole thing is topped with a shower of celery salt. 

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Coney Chili Hot Dogs

In nearby Michigan, Coney Dogs — which probably originated in Detroit — have their own devoted following. The concept is simple: top a grilled beef, natural casing hot dog with Coney sauce (i.e. a loose version of chili) along with yellow mustard and chopped onions. While truly authentic Coney sauce features beef heart and a range of spices, our recipe keeps it simple and accessible.

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Park Slope Dog

New York hot dogs are world-famous, be they dirty water dogs from a street vendor or a frank from Nathan's Famous down on Coney Island. Of course, a Brooklyn-inspired dog starts with a Nathan's, but then this Barclays Center snack takes a Mexican-inspired turn with pico de gallo, nacho cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

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Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket

Speaking of New York, this recipe takes one of the all-time best party foods, pigs in a blanket, and gives them a big city breakfast twist by adding cream cheese and everything bagel seasoning. It's everything you could ever want from a deli — and more.

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Chili Dogs

Many claim credit for the invention of the chili dog. Perhaps it came around in LA in 1939, or maybe earlier in the form of Midwestern Coney Island hot dogs. The chili itself emerged as a mix of Greek, Macedonian and Mexican influences. In many ways, this makes it the ultimate American dog.

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Sonoran Hot Dog

Made in Mexico and popular in Arizona, the Sonoran hot dog is as loaded as your favorite burrito. We're talking refried beans, salsa verde, bacon, avocado, tomato, onion, grilled onion and sour cream. Make sure you're hungry before cooking this one up.

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TD Garden Fritos Chili Cheese Dog

What could be more American than putting corn chips on your hot dog? This easy-to-follow recipe uses beef chili, which you can either make yourself or buy premade and canned. Top it with some Fritos, plenty of cheddar cheese and some sliced jalapeños, and you have yourself a loaded dog perfect for any game day.

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Mac ‘N’ Cheese Hot Dogs

Why serve just one classic game day food when you can serve two?! This easy hot dog recipe is topped with ooey, gooey mac and cheese, which you can either make at home or you can go old-school and use the boxed stuff.

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Vegan, Gluten Free Hot Dogs

Just because you follow a specialized diet, doesn't mean you can't enjoy game day staples like hot dogs. This gluten-free, plant-based dog uses lentils, carrots and a variety of spices to make a satisfying frank. Serve on your favorite gluten free bun and enjoy this plant-based recipe that may make you want to go vegan.

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Not Dogs

Still want something plant-based but don't want to go through all the mess of shaping a frank? Use carrots! Seriously. Boiled in a mix of spices, including garlic, paprika, mustard, adobo sauce, coriander, celery seed, black pepper and mace, this orange spring vegetable is surprisingly close to a "real" hot dog and pairs perfectly with more of the best stadium food you can make at home.

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