One of my husband’s favorite meals when he lived in Chile were Chilean-style hot dogs called completos. Filled with several delicious toppings, you’ll never eat a hot dog the same way again.
Many years ago my husband lived in Chile and ate a variety of local dishes. One of the things he absolutely loved was call a completo. A completo is a Chilean style hot dog (yes, there is a hot dog under there) in a fresh, soft bun that’s topped with diced onions, chopped tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, and mashed avocado. In Chile they even add mayonnaise to the mix but their mayo is different than ours in the US, so we decided not to use that here.
We have completos Chilenos quiet often in our home because my whole family loves them and they are super easy to prepare! In fact, any time we’re grilling hot dogs, we bring out all of the toppings. Not only have our kids grown to love them but the friends we have over for BBQs can’t stop raving about them either. There is hardly something more kid-friendly than a hot dog, and not only do they love to eat them, they can help you prepare them too!
How To Make A Chilean Style Hot Dog
Best Buns – The Chileans use big, fresh buns for their completos, so I always make a quick run to the bakery section to find the buns for this meal. These larger buns hold the toppings in a lot better, but you can use whichever you prefer.
Toppings – This meal is very customizable and my kids love to build their own creation and make sure there is everything they love and nothing they hate on their hot dog bun. In Chile, people would frequently add sauerkraut to their completos but we’ve never been a fan of it, so we leave it off.
Tip – When you’re building your completo, put the diced tomatoes and onions on first and then spread the avocado over the top of it. This will “seal” them against the hot dog so they’ll stay put while you’re eating it. Then top everything off with ketchup and mustard.
Best Side Dishes With Chilean-Style Hot Dogs
- Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe
- Chips and the Best Homemade Salsa Recipe
- Honey Lime Fruit Salad
- Best Homemade Coleslaw
- Easy Potato Salad Recipe
I promise, once you’ve tried a completo you’ll never want to eat a hot dog any other way. Leave us a comment below and let us know if you loved all of these toppings or if you added anything else to the recipe.
Chilean Hot Dog Recipe
- Hot dogs
- Diced Tomatoes
- Chopped Onions
- Bakery Style Buns
- Cook the hot dogs on a grill or boil them in water
- Place the cooked hot dog in the bun
- Put diced tomatoes and onions on top of the hot dog
- Cover the tomatoes and onions with mashed avocado
- Add ketchup and mustard on top of the avocado
*This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in November 2011 and was updated in August 2013.