Cheesy Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos

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Cheesy Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos, also known as “crispy dogs”, are a fun kid-friendly recipe. Even better is that they are ready in less than 30 minutes with just four ingredients. Wrapped in corn tortillas with cheddar cheese, then baked in the oven or air fryer, these Tex Mex franks are even better when you dunk them in salsa or guacamole!

Baked or Air Fryer Hot Dog Taquitos

There’s always that old joke about hot dogs coming with eight in a package and rolls coming with six or twelve or some other number that’s not eight. Honestly, every package of hot dog rolls I see in the grocery store has eight rolls. So I’m not sure why this has become such an issue.

I think the real issue is corn tortillas. The small package has ten, which I suppose is usually enough for my family to have Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos. Except for about ten cents more I can buy thirty. So, thinking I’m getting a deal, I buy thirty. What do you do with thirty corn tortillas?

Wrap hot dogs in tortillas and make Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos! It’s a Tex Mex-inspired twist on the classic baked hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls (aka pigs in a blanket). Only these are hot dogs wrapped in tortillas!

In Mexican, they are actually known as “crispy dogs”, and they are sure to be a hit! In our house, they are one of our favorite quick and easy dinners recipes. They even make great game day snacks!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

You’ll love these air fried or baked hot dogs as much as my family. They only have four ingredients. Then after about fifteen minutes in the oven or five minutes in the air fryer, you have a super simple dinner the kids will absolutely love eating. Whether you bake or air-fry them, the corn tortilla gets nice and crispy, while the cheese becomes melty and delicious.

Serve them with your favorite fixin’s like salsa or guacamole and it’s a fun way to change up Taco Tuesday! Sure to be a crowd-pleaser for parties, too, since they are one of the best game day recipes!

Mexican Hot Dogs Baked Taquitos on a wooden serving plate

Ingredients

Yes, you only need 4 ingredients, though you’ll also want to gather your favorite dips or toppings for tacos, like sour cream or Greek yogurt, salsa, or guacamole.

  • Corn tortillas
  • Shredded cheese – I prefer sharp cheddar, but you can use your favorite, like Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, or a mild cheddar. I do recommend shredding the cheese form a block versus using pre-shredded cheese, as it melts better.
  • Hot dogs – you do not have to precook the hot dogs.
  • Olive oil

How to Make Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos

They really couldn’t be easier. You’ll love how quick and easy they are to assemble and cook.

Get everything ready. Preheat your oven or air fryer to 400°F. Warm the corn tortillas in the microwave (wrapped in a damp towel) or in the oven (wrapped in foil) until they are pliable.

Wrap the hot dogs. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the corn tortillas. Lay a hot dog on top of a cheese-covered tortilla and roll it up as tightly as possible. Lay seam-side down on a baking sheet or secure it with a couple of toothpicks. If you are making air fryer hot dogs, just lay them on a cutting board or another prep surface. Brush the outsides light with oil

Bake hot dogs in oven. Pop the hot dogs on the sheet pan in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

OR…

Air fry hot dogs. Place the hot dog taquitos in the air fryer basket and cook for about 5 minutes.

Regardless of the cooking method you use, after cooking, the hot dog should be hot all the way through, cheese melty, and tortilla lightly browned and crispy.

One of the crispy dogs being dipped in salsa.

Tips for Success

Soften the tortillas. You’ll need to warm the corn tortillas to make them pliable to roll up without cracking. To do this, you can wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave them for 30 seconds to a minute. Or wrap them in foil and place them in the oven while it is preheating.

Keep the taquitos rolled up. You should be able to roll up the taquitos and place them seam side down on the baking sheet or in the air fryer basket and they should stay closed. But if you find that they continue to unroll, you can use one or two toothpicks to secure them.

Make them crispy. Brushing the oil on the outside will make them brown and crisp nicely. You can also spray them with cooking spray or use an oil mister if you want to use a bit less oil.

A hot sog wrapped in a crispy tortilla being dipped in Guacamole.

Serving suggestions

  • Dunk them in salsa. Mango Avocado Salsa is always a favorite here, or stick with a classic Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa.
  • Or dip in guac. This Kid-Friendly Guacamole doesn’t have big chunks of peppers or onions to turn off those picky eaters.
  • Give them a drizzle. Put some Greek yogurt or sour cream in a sandwich bag, snip off the corner, and squeeze over the taquitos.
  • Pair with a side. Mexican Pepper Jack Baked Cauli-Tots is a perfect side dish.
  • Serve at a party. Cut them in half for a fun finger food if you want to serve these hot dog taquitos as an appetizer or game day snack.
  • Keep is classic. If your kids are like mine, then it’s all about the ketchup with hot dogs, regardless of whether you are going for a Mexican-inspired meal. My Homemade Ketchup can be stirred together in five minutes.
  • Pour a cocktail. The adults can enjoy a Skinny Grapefruit Margarita!
A row of Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos on a wooden serving plate with small dishes of salsa and guacamole.

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A row of cheesy hot dog taquitos on a wooden platter
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Cheesy Hot Dog Taquitos

Cheesy Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos, also known as crispy "crispy dogs", are a fun kid-friendly recipe. Even better is that they are ready in less than 30 minutes with just four ingredients. Wrapped in corn tortillas with cheddar cheese, then baked in the oven or air fryer, these Tex Mex franks are even better when you dunk them in salsa or guacamole!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (about 4 oz.)
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (approximately)
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream plus salsa, guacamole, etc. for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven or air fryer to 400°F.
  • Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds, or until soft and pliable.
  • Lay tortillas out on a flat surface and sprinkle with cheddar cheese, about two tablespoons on each.
  • Place a hot dog on one end of one of the tortillas and roll up as tightly as possible, and set on a baking sheet. Secure with toothpicks if necessary.
  • Repeat with the remaining hot dogs.
  • Brush the outsides and bottoms of the tortillas with olive oil, and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or air fryer for 5 minutes, or until the hot dogs are cooked through and the tortillas are crisp and golden.
  • Drizzle with Greek yogurt or sour cream, if desired, and dip in salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt, or sour cream if you like. You can also cut each one in half to serve as finger food appetizers.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Hot Dog Taquitos
Amount Per Serving (1 hot dog)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 407mg17%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments
    1. Maryann Watkins

      I’ve air fried these with flour tortillas … they work out really well! But, you might have to cut back the time a bit.

  1. Jennifer

    My uncle made these for us, but called them Snoopy dogs. (I don’t know why.) But instead of shredded cheese we slice the middle of the hot dog, not quite all the way through. Then stuff it with pieces of cheddar cheese. Then bake or deep fry them. I never thought of calling them taquitos. ?

  2. Pete Willis

    I wonder if these can be made in bulk ahead of time and then freeze them. Curious to see if you could reheat in the microwave.

  3. Jenny

    I’m 59 yrs old and my mom made these since I was a kid. She ate these as a teenager at a fast food place. They were cooked in a sauce that my mom didn’t know what it was but she made them with hot dogs, corn tortillas, sliced American cheese but fried them. I love these so much also my kids love them also. This is the first time I’ve seen anything like them online.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so happy that you found a recipe that brought back some good food memories for you, Jenny!

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