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This stacked dog traces its ancestry to northern Mexico, but it has cult status in Arizona. A loaded twist on the classic hot dog, the Sonoran starts with a beef frankfurter, but the bun is bigger and denser, swaddling the dog in a doughy embrace. There’s bacon, pinto beans and grilled onions, and a fireworks-burst of condiments: chopped fresh onions and tomatoes, jalapeño sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, and often a grilled yellow chile on the side.
The Sonoran hot dog can be found in various spots throughout the Southwest, but it attains perfection at joints like Tucson’s El Güero Canelo and Phoenix’s Nogales Hot Dogs (602/527-0208).