Today’s recipe is inspired by the local cuisine here. Sonoran hotdogs are kind of a big thing here, and pretty much only here.
They even featured them on the Tucson edition of Man vs. Food!
Jalapenos not pictured – sorry!
A Sonoran hotdog is a bacon-wrapped hotdog topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, mustard, jalapeno sauce, and mayonnaise.
When we first moved here, I was so excited to try these! I mean, you read that the base of it all is a bacon-wrapped hotdog, right?!
Well, it turns out that the bacon kind of gets lost in these guys. The flavors were all really good (except a little too spicy for my poor tongue!), but I was really wishing for the bacon to have a more prominent presence.
So, when I was brainstorming burger ideas for Meat Week, I decided to take the flavors that I love in the Sonoran hotdog and transform them into burger form.
And, oh-my-heavens, I’m glad I did!
I could taste every individual ingredient (except I left the jalapenos off of mine!) and they meld into a perfect harmony of flavors of the desert, bringing to mind brilliant pink and orange sunsets, howling coyotes, and warm summer monsoons.
If you know me at all, you know that I don’t talk about things I like about Tucson very often (I’m a Colorado girl!), so the fact that this burger causes me to dwell on the things I love here?