15 Ways to Make a Boring Hot Dog Delicious

Move over, ketchup and mustard—we've got the fun new toppings to take your hot dog from normal to amazing.

Corn Dogs

Home made corn dog fried sausage skewer with mustardIgor Dutina/Shutterstock

"Prepare corn dogs at home just like you'd get at the fair. Both kids and grown-ups will love this hearty corn dog batter." —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

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Hot dog pizza

Taste of Home"My girls love it when I make this mash-up pizza with hot dogs and chili. It’s a marvelous way to use up leftover chili." —Jennifer Stowell, Smithville, Missouri

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Corn dog casserole

Taste of Home"Reminiscent of traditional corn dogs, this fun main dish really hits the spot on fall days. It's perfect for the football parties my husband and I often host. It tastes especially good right from the oven." —Marcy Suzanne Olipane, Belleville, Illinois

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Dogs in a blanket

Taste of Home"Not only do my grandchildren love these cheese-and-bacon filled hot dogs, but they enjoy helping put the meal together, too. It's the perfect solution to a last-minute lunch." —Lyletta Searle, Morgan, Utah

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Rhode Island wieners

Taste of Home"Many Rhode Islanders spell wiener with an “ei” and serve theirs “all the way” with meat sauce, mustard, onion and a sprinkle of celery salt." —Karen Barros, Bristol, Rhode Island

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Sea creatures

Octopus hot dog and cottage cheese on pink plate.zebratomato/Shutterstock

"Your hungry kids will squirm with delight when they get a look at these remarkable smiley sea creatures perched on a bed of seaweed." —Kerry Tittle, Little Rock, Arkansas

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Chicago dog wraps

chicago dog wrapsTaste of Home"I decided to give a Chicago-style dog a healthy twist for my family. Our kids love it. You can use other fresh toppings to please just about anyone." —Gregg May, Columbus, Ohio. If you don't feel like cooking your own hot dogs, head over to Costco and pick one up for $1.50. This is the real reason they're so cheap.

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Beef for days

Taste of Home"For years, people have told me I make the best hot dog chili out there. It’s timeless, it’s family friendly, and I carry the recipe with me because people ask for it." —Vicki Boyd, Mechanicsville, Virginia

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Jersey dogs

jersey dogsTaste of Home"I grew up in northern New Jersey, where hot dogs with grilled potatoes were born. It's a combo you’ll love." —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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Hot dog pie

hot dog pieTaste of Home"A co-worker who loves hot dogs shared this recipe with me. Baked in a purchased pastry shell, the pie is easy to assemble and is on the table in just 30 minutes." —Amy Bullis, Henryville, Pennsylvania

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Corn dog muffins

Taste of Home"I wanted to riff on hot dogs, so I made corn dog muffins. I added jalapenos to this “kid-friendly” recipe and won my husband over, too." —Becky Tarala, Palm Coast, Florida. Follow these rules to have a healthy grilling season.

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Cheesy dogs

Taste of Home"Kids and dads alike will dive right into this hearty, comforting dish. With a crispy cheese topping on a warm cornbread crust, this recipe is a keeper." —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Mango-pineapple dogs

mango pineapple dogsTaste of Home"For parties, we shrink down lots of foods to slider size, including these quick hot dogs. Pile on the easy but irresistible fruit salsa for a burst of fresh flavor." —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio. Next, read about the foods that you should never, ever eat raw (hot dogs are one of them).

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