When it comes to street food, Chile has a delicious secret that's captured the hearts (and taste buds) of locals and visitors alike – the Completo. This iconic Chilean hot dog is more than just a quick bite; it's a culinary masterpiece that harmoniously combines a medley of flavors and textures. Join us as we explore the delightful world of Completo, a street food sensation that's a must-try for food enthusiasts looking to savor the heart and soul of Chilean cuisine. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a journey through the layers of deliciousness that make up this beloved South American treat.
What you'll need:
- 4 hot dog buns or soft rolls
- 4 beef or pork hot dogs
- 1 cup sauerkraut
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup mustard
- 4 slices of American cheese (optional)
- 4 large green chili peppers (aji verde) or jalapeños (optional, for added heat)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Salt and pepper, to taste
How you'll make it:
1. Cook the Hot Dogs:
- Cook the hot dogs by grilling, boiling, or pan-frying until they are heated through and have a slight crispiness on the outside. Make sure they're cooked to your preferred level of doneness.
2. Prepare the Toppings:
In a small bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, diced onions, and chopped fresh cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. This mixture is known as "tomate, palta, y mayo" and is a common topping for Completo.
In another small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard to create a creamy sauce.
3. Assemble the Completo:
Place a slice of American cheese on the bottom of each hot dog bun, if desired.
Place a hot dog in each bun.
Add sauerkraut generously on top of the hot dogs.
Spoon the "tomate, palta, y mayo" mixture over the sauerkraut.
Drizzle the mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard sauce over the top.
If you like a spicy kick, add a green chili pepper or jalapeño on top.
4. Serve and Enjoy:
- Serve your Chilean Hot Dogs immediately. They are meant to be eaten with your hands, and the combination of flavors and textures is delightful.
Chilean Hot Dogs are all about the balance of flavors, with the creamy sauce, fresh toppings, and the optional spicy kick from the green chili peppers. Enjoy this iconic Chilean street food!
I'd like to thank our very own Gonzalo for teaching us about this Chilean Masterpiece. Please give it a try and enjoy as we have.
Chau Chau for now friends!
Luke the butcher.