Who doesn’t love a good hot dog? Seriously, who??
I remember hot dogs being one of the most fun things to eat, like ever, as a kid. And as an adult, I totally still love’em!!
In Brazil, party hot dogs are a little different than just bread, the hot dog, ketchup and mustard. A typical party hot dog will contain all that, but the actual hot dog is cooked in tomato sauce, that has been sautéed with onions, extra tomatoes and green bell peppers. Then, we smudge some mayo on the bun, add the cooked dog, some of that sauce, ketchup, mustard, and shoestring potato chips on top. Hell yes!!!!
And that’s sorta the basic kind.
We also have our world famous loaded street hot dogs which takes hot dogs to a whole other level.
Have you ever heard of or tried Brazilian style hot dogs? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Loaded Street Hot Dogs Carioca Style
Saying Brazilians take hot dogs extremely seriously is an understatement. So, yes. Hot dogs. Add that to your list of must try Brazilian foods if you ever make the trip down there. Precisely, add a podrão to your must-eat list.
Podrão is what loaded street dogs are referred to as, in Rio. It translates to something like ‘big rotten’ (yikes!!), which is sort of a nickname. The name comes from overall bad reputation street vendors typically have, because of questionable or uncertain food safety standards. Although many places might actually lack regards for food safety, many other places are actually pretty legit.
Street dogs are a huge hit in late night culture in Rio and you can spot a podrão food cart pretty much anywhere after the sun goes down. Unlike the party hot dog, the podrão doesn’t have a sauce, but it includes a whole other layer, or layers(!), of ingredients.
The podrão is a true gem from Rio, but its popularity spread across the country. Now more and more cities throughout Brazil have their own version of loaded street dogs, and they all vary. In general, a true carioca podrão completo (a complete, all in version loaded dog) includes Parmesan cheese, corn, peas, shoestring potato chips, all stacked up on top of the hot dog (or pork sausage!!!) sitting nicely in a bun. In some areas outside of Rio you can even find street dogs loaded with olives, ground beef, and even mashed potatoes or a whole freaking quail egg!! It is flipping out of control.
Growing up, me and my brothers would only go to the same street vendor, even tho there was another one just across the street. Fond, fond memories.
Podrão in the Making: Loaded Street Hot Dogs Step by Step
This loaded dog is more of a combination of a party dog and a podrão since I made a tomato-y sauce for it. I also grilled the veggies because the grill was on and grilled veggies are delicious, but this step is totally optional.
So, chop a tomato, an onion, green bell pepper and some parsley.
Saute the veggies with a little olive oil.
Then add the tomato sauce, season with some salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil and add the hot dogs and reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer about 20 mins and all done. All you have to do next is assemble the dogs on the buns, top with some delicious sauce, and whatever else you like!