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Cachorro Quente - Brazilian Hot Dogs

These Brazilian Hot Dogs are a classic Brazilian childhood favorite! They're a special treat that's easy to make and tastes oh-so-special. They're cooked in a tomato sauce with veggies to elevate their flavors and can be topped with a ton of fun stuff, from the sauce they're cooked in to Parmesan cheese, some Batata Palha potato sticks, or anything you like!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin American
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 265kcal
Author: aline_shaw


For the Brazilian Hot Dog Sauce:

  • 10 hot dogs
  • 10 hot dog buns
  • 1 small onion, sliced or 1/2 of a large one
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Brazilian sofrito or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

Toppings Suggestions:

  • Batata palha potato sticks, to taste or crumbled (cracked?) potato chips
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • Ketchup, to taste
  • Mustard, to taste
  • Mayonnaise, to taste


  • Using a paring knife, make a slit down the middle of each of the hot dogs and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • When the butter is melted, add the chopped onions and the bell peppers. Sautee until the onions are transparent, about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add in the garlic, and sautee until it's fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the marinara sauce and the water, and stir to combine, then submerge the hot dogs in the sauce. Bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer the hot dogs for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place the cooked hot dogs in the buns, and top with the sauce, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and potato sticks to taste. Dress with mayo, ketchup and mustard, if desired!

Bom Apetite!!


    Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3mg