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Sonoran DogWe’ve tried a Sonoran Hot Dog or two in the Phoenix area before but after seeing all the tv shows on El Geuro Canelo, I made it part of my mission to check it out while down in Tucson.
What I like about this place is that they have a small menu that focuses on a handful of items that they do well.  Carne asada burritos/tacos/tortas/caramelos, Sonoran Hot Dogs, and some Mexican-style beverages (aguas frescas, horchatas, cane-sugar Coke bottled in Mexico, that sort of thing).
I stuck with the Sonoran Hot Dogs and got a few to go for myself, including their Sammy, a Sonoran Hot Dog but with 2 bacon-wrapped hot dogs instead of just one.  Without diving in too much on what’s in a Sonoran Hot Dog, just keep in mind that it’s loaded… kind of like a Chicago-style dog.  Bolillo roll instead of a hot dog bun, hot dog wrapped in bacon, then filled with a ton of condiments including beans, mayo, mustard, tomato, and green salsa.
What makes El Guero Canelo great is their condiment/salsa bar.  Cebollas (grilled green onions), grilled jalapenos, red salsa, green salsa, pico de gallo (solid), avocado crema, radish, and limes.
The verdict – this place is solid.  Cheap dogs (a little more than $2 each, a little more than $3 for the sammy) and a quality condiment/salsa bar.  If they were open 24 hours a day, they’d make a killing with the drunk food crowd on weekends.
What am I trying next at this place?  Their carne asada burrito.  I saw someone take it back to their table and it looked like a nerf football.  You think Chipotle makes big burritos… that’s childs play.  I can put two of them down as a snack.  The burrito from El Guero Canelo looked significantly larger than what you get at Filiberto’s as well.
Until next time, do yourself a favor if you’re in the Tucson area to grab a dog from this place.  Especially if you need it to soak up some of that booze in your belly.

I sat here thinking about these dogs and looking at the photo and didn’t know where to start. I thought I would go with a little history. Sonoran Dogs originated in Hermosillo, Mexico which is the capital of Sonora. They have since wandered over the border into Phoenix and Tucson, yet have strayed no further. So they can only be found here in Arizona or over the border in Sonora.

J. and I had never tried one, and after years of J. living in Arizona that is an unusual thing. We spent some time researching where to get them here in Chandler. We wanted to try one that came highly recommended and with great reviews to ensure our first experience was as good as possible.

The place we chose was, Moreno’s Mexican Grill, a neighborhood restaurant that we had driven by so many times, but never been in. When we would drive by, there was always a stream of smoke coming from the outside hot dog grill. So we rocked up one night, around 8pm, it was still busy with lots of people coming in and out but unfortunately the outside grill wasn’t in use since it was still over 100F degrees outside at the time. Luckily they were cooking the hot dogs inside still so we didn’t miss out.

We ordered a Sonoran dog each and a bunch of tacos to share. The tacos were really good but it is the Sonoran Dog I really wanted to try.

So let me describe this dog… it was a hot dog wrapped in mesquite-smoked bacon and then grilled until the bacon was crispy. This was topped with pico de gallo, this is finely chopped tomatoes and onions mixed together. Then on top of that was cheese, traditionally they use cotijo cheese, but I am not sure if that is what they used at Moreno’s of not. At this stage the dog is already large but there was still more to come.

On top of the pico de gallo, the cheese and the dog, they then added some pinto beans and spicy green salsa (most likely a tomatillo salsa). This was all the toppings but we now have to start on the condiments! The condiments were mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard. All of this served on beautifully fresh bread with a huge fresh-roasted chilli on the side!

This was seriously the largest hot dog I have ever seen! The real challenge was working out how to eat it without getting it all over us. We weren’t successful in that but who cares.

You would imagine that with all those toppings and condiments it would be overwhelming, that you wouldn’t be able to even taste the dog at the bottom. This was not the case. The dog was delicious and smokey wrapped in the crispy bacon and all the toppings just seemed to add to it. The fresh pico de gallo added some crunch and the salsa had just the right amount of spice so as not to overtake everything else.

I have to admit that this was the first time I have had a hot dog with mayonnaise on it, yet this also seemed to work. I don’t know how to describe it but it was an amazing, amazing hot dog. Delicious, messy, juicy and spicy all in one. I really loved this but it is certainly not an everyday experience… more like once or twice a year only. We will be counting down the days until it is ok to have this treat again!