Hot diggity! Hot dogs are breaking beyond the boring ol’ bun with these inventive recipes. It’s time to thaw out the ones at the back of your freezer, because there are tons of amazing ways to jazz them up using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. From mac ‘n’ cheese dogs to hot dog curry, we’ve rounded up recipes that will change the way you think about franks.
One Pot Spaghetti Hot Dog
This recipe, courtesy of Ramona at Curry and Comfort, combines two of your kids’ favorite foods: spaghetti and hot dogs. Add in veggies like onions and bell peppers and the result is a delicious hearty meal that requires only one pot. Hooray for easy clean-ups! Get the full recipe by clicking here.
We like to keep a stash of hot dogs in the freezer for those times when cooking up an elaborate meal isn’t in the cards. This twist on chili dogs from Mama Gourmand is the perfect way to make an old favorite new again—and it’s a guaranteed kid-pleaser too. Find her recipe here.
Baked Corn Dog Muffins
Corn dogs were one of our favorite summer foods when we were kids, so we’re obsessed with this bite-size version that works perfectly for picnics. The only problem? It’s impossible to eat just one. To snag the recipe, click here.
BBQ Hot Dogs Over Rice
If you’re out of hot dog buns, don’t worry — this recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron will wow the whole family. The key to this delicious dish is the homemade barbecue sauce, which will come together in five minutes with ingredients you already have in your fridge and pantry. Click here to grab the recipe.
Cheesy Hot Dog Wontons
Try out this clever twist on pigs in a blanket, swapping crescent rolls for wonton wrappers. Don’t forget the key ingredient: gooey cheddar cheese! Click here to get the details from Cheap Recipe Blog.
Here’s a perfect “the-fridge-is-nearly-empty” meal—just wrap hot dogs in a tortilla and fry them up, then you’ll have perfectly sized bites to dip in ketchup and mustard. To get the full recipe from Or Whatever you Do, click here.
Hot Dog Sliders
Whether served as a finger-food appetizer or as dinner alongside a green salad, this recipe from Cook the Story is bound to be a home run. The mini hot dogs are topped with honey mustard and a peach salsa. Click here for the full recipe.
Polynesian Hot Dogs
Hot dogs become something brand new with this recipe from The Midnight Baker. With a salty-sweet sauce made using pineapple juice, soy sauce and brown sugar, it’s going to be an instant hit with the kiddos. To get the full recipe, click here.
Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites
This fun idea from Damn Delicious gets the tots involved in the cooking. Have them thread uncooked spaghetti through hot dogs before you boil the pasta, and pair it with homemade or jarred marinara sauce for a delicious meal. To get the recipe, click here.
Hot Dog Soup
Warm up this winter with this genius recipe from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Use whatever veggies you have in the fridge to throw together a yummy (and super cheap!) meal. To get the recipe, click here.
Hot Dog Cakes
So what’s for dessert after all those hot dogs? Hot dog cakes, of course! If you’re an ambitious baker, it’ll be the perfect weekend project. Click here to get the details on how it’s done from Sweet Twist of Blogging.
Tex-Mex Hot Dogs
To add a colorful Tex-Mex flair to your usual hot dog, top it with corn, beans, salsa and peppers — or let your little ones pick their own topping combinations. To get the recipe from Country Cleaver, click here.
Franks & Beans With Sweet Potatoes
Try this twist on the classic franks and beans that incorporates hearty sweet potatoes, crispy bacon and tangy barbecue sauce for a stick-to-your-ribs meal. Click here to get the recipe from The Weary Chef.
Got a tater tot lover in your family? Top some hot dogs with tater tots, cheese sauce, sour cream and crumbly bacon for a kid-approved meal. Click here to get more details from The Merry Thought.
Hot Dog Curry
Transform hot dogs into something totally unexpected with this great recipe from Curry and Comfort. It’s not spicy, just sweet and tangy, so even picky eaters will love this one. To snag the recipe, click here.
Chili Dog Casserole
This dish from Cully’s Kitchen will come together in no time at all — just layer chili, hot dogs, tortillas and cheddar cheese to make a warming meal that the whole crew will love. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Mac and Cheese Dogs
Two kid-favorite foods combine in Taste and Tell’s awesome mac and cheese dogs recipe. Whip this one up as a decadent weekend treat. It’s sure to be a big hit with the whole fam. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
BBQ Bacon Cheese Hot Dogs
As if grilled hot dogs weren’t delicious enough already, this recipe from Barbara Bakes ups the ante by wrapping them in bacon and stuffing them with gouda cheese. Sign us up! Click here for the full recipe.
Have you ever tried a creative hot dog recipe? Let us know in the comments!
featured photo: Alves Family via flickr