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Firecracker Spicy Hot Dog

Spark up a regular hot dogs with some spicy Pepper Jack cheese, sweet sauteed onions and crunchy, deep fried Jalapeno Chiles. The battered jalapenos may be prepared with gluten-free or regular flour.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 (additional servings
Calories 382kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 Hot Dog
  • 1 Hot Dog Bun regular or gluten-free
  • 1 deli slice Pepper Jack cheese per hot dog (hand sliced equivalent amount may be substituted)
  • 1 large Jalapeno chile pepper per serving
  • 1 large slice Red Onion per serving: 1/4 inch thick sliced to form rings
  • Fresh Cilantro leaves for garnish

Ingredients for Beer Batter and jalapeno deep frying:*

  • Vegetable oil or sunflower oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour regular or gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend
  • 6 ounces (1/2 bottle) Lager-style Beer regular or gluten-free
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper freshly ground


Instructions for Beer Battered Deep Fried Jalapeno peppers:

  • To prepare jalapeno peppers: Slice off the stem of the jalapeno. Using a paring knife, gently cut out the inner membrane and seeds of the pepper, leaving the outside of the pepper intact.
    Tip: I keep a pair of long needle-nose pliers in my kitchen tool drawer specifically for cooking projects and they work perfectly for this step.
  • Slice the jalapeno(s) into rings approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  • Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a medium size heavy pan or pot. Position a cooking thermometer in the oil but not touching the bottom of the pan. Over medium to medium-high heat, heat the oil to 375 degrees.
  • Set paper towels on a plate of baking sheet to drain the fried jalapenos.
  • In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients for the beer-batter. Slowly pour in some of the beer and whisk to combine allowing the foam to subside. Pour in the remaining beer and whisk to combine. The batter will be thin.
  • Using heatproof tongs, dip jalapeno slices individually into the batter, allowing them to be coated fully. Lift coated sliced above the batter and allow to drain slightly.
  • Place battered jalapeno slices into the heated oil and cook for a few minutes until they begin to turn golden brown. Remove and place on prepared paper towels. Repeat for all slices.

Instruction for cooking onion slices:

  • Grilling: brush each side of the onion slice with oil and allow to grill a few minutes per side until grill marks are present and the onion softens becoming slightly translucent. Separate onion into rings when removed from grill.
  • Pan sauteing; Pour a small amount of oil into a heavy skillet. Cook onion slices over medium-high heat, stirred periodically to separate onion slice into rings, allowing them to cook until soft and translucent.

Preparing the Firecracker Hot Dogs:

  • Cook hot dogs by desired preparation method (grilling or pan frying preferred). On the grill or in a skillet, place a slice of Pepper Jack cheese on a hot dog and allow it to being to melt.
  • Place hot dog in a bun on serving plate. Top with the sauteed onions, fried Jalapeno slices and cilantro leaves; serve.


Serving Size note
Recipe is based on 1 hot dog to make it easy to multiply ingredients amounts times the number of hot dogs being prepared. 
Chile pepper notes
  • Chile peppers' heat level can vary incredibly. In this case, once fried, the jalapenos almost taste sweet without much heat. The opposite can be true as well. Always best to taste before serving to gauge the spicy-factors for your diners.
  • The seeds are what give most of the heat in a chile pepper. Those should be removed before battering and frying.
  • When cutting and handling chile peppers consider using food safe vinyl gloves. Also wash your hands diligently, avoiding touching any mucus membranes after handling chile peppers.
Expert Tips
Use a mandoline slicer. If you have a mandoline slicer they work great for slicing the onions and jalapeno peppers. You can set them to any thickness and all the slices will be uniformly thick. It's very fast too.
Long nose plyers for kitchen use. I keep a pair of long needle nose plyers in the kitchen dedicated for food projects. They work great to remove the membrane of the jalapeno peppers before slicing them.
The beer batter will be thin. When making the beer battered jalapeno peppers the batter will be thin. This is normal.
Use any leftover batter for frying vegetables. If you have leftover batter dip your favorite veggies and deep fry those too!
Have everything ready before frying. Lay out the layers of paper towel to drain the jalapenos, have a food thermometer ready and heat proof tools to drop and remove the fried jalapenos.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 2938mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 11.9mg