Good Morning America Recipes

Rachael Ray's 7-Layer Hot Dog

Hot dogs dressed up so many ways!

TV chef prepares four separate hot dogs along with her frutti di bosco cooler.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Kick up your next get-together with these dressed-up hot dogs. First, try the 7-layer approach, then go for some of the other preparations -- including the Pastrami Reuben dog and the Seattle dog.


  • 1 cup canned spicy vegetarian refried beans
  • Half palmful ground cumin
  • 4 Jumbo hot dogs (butterflied open only if crisping on griddle)
  • (Cooking Spray, if crisping)
  • 4 good quality hot dog buns
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup corn chips, such as Fritos, lightly crushed
  • 1 cup crema
  • Guacamole
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 large jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • Small handful of cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 large or 2 medium cloves garlic, pasted or grated
  • Pico de Gallo
  • 2 to 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno chile, minced
  • A couple tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    Make the Guacamole: In a medium bowl, douse the onion with the citrus juices. Salt liberally and let stand 10 minutes. Scoop the avocado flesh into the bowl. Add the jalapeno, cilantro, and garlic and mash with a fork until fairly smooth. Adjust the salt.

    Make the Pico de Gallo: In a small bowl, add the plum tomatoes, onion, chile,cilantro, lime juice and zest and season with salt and pepper.

    Make the Hot Dogs Place a medium pot of water over high heat and bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low, add hot dogs and cook until heated through. This will only take a few minutes. If crisping the dogs, place a grill or skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the hot dogs cut side down first to the pan and cook until crisp, about 1 to 2 minutes. Turn over and crisp the other side for another minute.

    To assemble: Slather some refried beans on the inside of the bun and add a sprinkling of the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. Place a hot dog in the bun and top with some crushed fritos, guacamole, pico de gallo and dot with crema.

    Here are some alternate way to jazz up your hot dogs:

    Seattle Dog: Spread the hot dog with cream cheese, then top it with grilled onions and sliced jalapenos.

    Pastrami Reuben Dog: Wrap the hot dog in pastrami, layer on a slice of Swiss cheese, melt. Top with sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing.

    In a Pickle Dog: Top the hot dog with pickle relish, cucumber wedges and dill pickle wedges. Sprinkle with celery salt.

    Pimento Cheese Dog: Spread the hot dog with store-bought pimento cheese, then sprinkle with crushed buttery crackers, such as Ritz.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for "Good Morning America."

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: hot dogs, avocado, refried beans, tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos

    Course: Lunch, Snack

    Other Recipes That You Might Like
    Rachael Ray's Hot Dog Hush Puppies
    Deep Fried and Delicious
    Marc Murphy's Ditch Plains Ditch Dogs
    Marc Murphy's World Famous Ditch Plains Ditch Dogs
    Marc Murphy's Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad
    Marc Murphy's Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad
    Recipe: Classic Maine Lobster Rolls
    Take a Bite Out of This Summertime Favorite
    Recipe: Richard Blais' Gourmet 'Haute Dawg'
    Treat Yourself to a New Twist on This Summertime Favorite
    Mini Kimchi Deviled Eggs
    Upgraded Classic
    Feasty Beer Dogs
    Beer Brats Cookout Recipe from the Feasty Boys
    Hungry Girl: De Pudged Pigs in a Blanket
    Recipe Courtesy of Hungry Girl
    Low-Cal Pigs in a Blanket
    Tasty Appetizer Without The Calories & Fat
    Momofuku Milk Bar's Cereal Milk Ice Cream
    Christina Tosi's Genius Idea
    Hot Dog Mummies
    Recipe Courtesy Family Fun Magazine
    Rachael Ray's 7-Layer Sliders
    Made With All of Your Favorite Toppings
    Rachael Ray's Hot Dog Hush Puppies
    Deep Fried and Delicious
    Rachael Ray's Matzo-Pizza Lasagna
    Try this Weeknight Dinner Staple
    Rachael Ray's Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizzas
    'Meals for a Steal': Rachael Ray's Delish Take on Pizza
    Rachael Ray's Garlicky Spinach Lasagna
    Make This Delcious Lasagna For Your Next Family Dinner
    Rachael Ray's Cider Beef
    Tasty Beef Flavored With Bacon and Apples
    Latest Recipes on 'GMA'
    VIDEO: The Ramen Burger
    VIDEO: Rays & Stark Bar in LA employs an expert to help you choose from 20 brands of water.
    VIDEO: Haylee Nelson reveals all the delicious flavors that make up the new "Sunrise Sundae."
    VIDEO: Ladies and Gentlemen... The Crookie
    VIDEO: World, meet The Cronut
    Food Tips: How To...
    Karen's Kitchen
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's blog here.
    Karen's Cordon Bleu
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's delicious and celebratory chicken dish.
    PHOTO: Karen Pickus cherry galette is shown here.
    Karen's Cherry Galette Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's recipe for a tasty dessert.
    Connect with GMA
    Social Tools Facebook Twitter Twitter Connect with GMA YouTube RSS