Food & Drink

Where to Find the Best Sonoran Hot Dogs in the Valley

Published On 01/05/2016 Published On 01/05/2016
Lauren Topor/Thrillist



Beans, salsa, and hot dog come together to make what we Phoenicians already know and love, the Sonoran dog. But, the only downside is, you can’t always count on the folks at Micky’s to throw the dog in a bolillo roll; you might get stuck with a plain old bun. Whatever you get, the combination of pinto beans and hot dog is still delicious. And it’s cash only, FYI.

El Guero Canelo

El Güero Canelo


You don’t have to take a trip down south to Tucson to get your Sonoran dog fix. The world-famous hot dog joint based in Tucson, El Güero Canelo, opened up shop earlier this year in the West Valley, and we think that the line is worth waiting in. Adam Richman of Man v. Food swears by these things, and he’s got good reason to. The tagline “one bite and you’ll love it” rings true.

Nogales Hot Dogs Facebook

Nogales Hot Dogs


Remembered how we mentioned that you can get your hot dog wrapped in bacon? Dreams really do come true, because you can combine the two at Nogales Hot Dogs. The hot dog slingers at the cart-style parking lot pop-up don’t short you on toppings either, like the wildcard addition, mushrooms. We suggest pairing your Mexican hot dog with a classic glass bottle of Coke or Jarritos. Nogales Hot Dogs accepts cash and card.




Got a hankering for hot dogs in Old Town Scottsdale? Get to RnR. Whether it’s brunch or late night reverse happy hour, you can get your Sonoran Dog fix, here. Pair it with a bloody mary or local craft beer or sip endless mimosas on Sunday while noshing on all the goodness that is the glorious Mexican hot dog. We can’t say the gastro pub does an absolute perfect rendition of the Sonoran Dog, but their dogs rank among the top.

Moreno’s Mexican Kitchen

Moreno’s Mexican Kitchen

Chandler (& Other Locations)

With locations in Chandler, San Tan Valley, and Mesa, Moreno’s Mexican Kitchen makes their Sonoran-style dogs available to almost every corner of the east side of the Valley. What some say are “the best” Mexican hot dogs outside of Tucson, these dogs are served alongside a green chile and fries (or beans). This sucker practically takes up an entire plate. But we’re not complaining. Don’t be discouraged. If you’ve got a big appetite you can order more than one; they’ll just give you a bigger plate -- no problem. And the bolillo roll? Don’t get us started. You can get it all, plus a drink for under five bones. If you’re looking for a Sonoran dog done right, and cheap, this is it.

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1. Micky's Hot Dogs 108 W Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210

This family owned and operated hot dog house serves 'em Sonoran style with all the fixings-- bacon, beans, jalapeños, tomatoes, and mayonnaise.

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2. El Guero Canelo 5131 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85035

This Mexican restaurant has locations all throughout the city, serving Tusconites their world-famous Sonora (bacon-wrapped) hot dogs.

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3. Nogales Hot Dogs 1945 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

The Mexican style dogs at Nogales certainly pack a punch: get yours with spicy jalapeños, cotija cheese, avocado creme, and of course, wrapped in bacon.

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4. El Exquisito 165 W Mariposa Rd, Phoenix,

Cheap and delicious Mexican food-- what could be better? Get yours at El Exquisito, a roadside joint with a buffet, Sonoran style hot dogs, and tacos galore.

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5. RnR 3737 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

If you want to brunch like a local and catch the game, head over this Scottsdale haunt. The two-story modern bar and eatery offers comfort food, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and even a DJ to make you wonder if you’re at a restaurant or the best party of your life.

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6. Moreno's Mexican Grill 601 N Arizona Ave, Chandler (& other locations), AZ 85225

This former hot dog cart turned brick and mortar with their first location in Chandler. Since then, they've opened up locations in Mesa and San Tan Valley where they continue to serve delicious, home style Mexican cooking.

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7. La Frontera #1 209 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

This OG Mexican taco truck not only serves up tasty tortillas, but they've also got delicious Sonoran (aka bacon wrapped) hot dogs on hand.

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8. Red Hot American Grill 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This Mexican-American joint inside of the Chase Arizona Diamondbacks sporting complex serves up game time faves like Sonoran hot dogs, which come piled high with pinto beans, cotija cheese and pico de gallo.