Mexican Hot Dog

I painted this hot dog for a poster I designed promoting a conference on cross-border foods called "Sabores Sin Fronteras", or "Flavors without Borders".

What could be more all-American than the hot dog?

The Mexican hot dog? This recent import from south of the border may have improved upon that icon of American cuisine. There's even a new Spanish word for a street-vendor of the Mexican hot dog: hotdoguero. Hot dog historians argue, local chefs dispute how to make one, and the City of Los Angeles has made them illegal.

But the tourists only ask, "Where can I get one?"

When illustrator Paul Mirocha was asked to paint this Sonoran hot dog for a conference on borderlands food traditions, he researched the most popular hot dog stands in Tucson, Arizona for the secret recipe. Start with a steamed bun, then add pinto beans, a hot dog wrapped in mesquite-smoked bacon, fresh-chopped tomato and onion, mustard, mayonnaise, and finally jalapeño sauce—and don't forget a live jalapeño on the side.

mexican hot dog

The ideal Sonoran Mexican hot dog. © Paul Mirocha 2009

Here is the poster:

Sabores Sin Fronteras poster

Sabores Sin Fronteras poster

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