Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog

The Big 10 basketball tournament was here in Indianapolis a few years ago. As part of the event, the Levy restaurant group in Chicago produced unique hot dogs that highlight each of the Big 10 teams. I came across a copy of the list of the dogs recently, and just had to make each of them, like the Iowa Hawkeye hot dog. Topped with corn salsa, kicked-up pepperjack cheese, and tortilla strips, it’s one heck of a hot dog! I couldn’t find corn salsa with enough corn in it so I roasted an ear of corn on the grill while I was cooking the hot dogs. I cut off the kernels and added them to the salsa. Perfect!
Iowa Hawkeye Hot DogI love salsa on a hot dog and not just on a Iowa Hawkeye hot dog. It’s like adding grownup ketchup, but no one will judge you. The pop of the corn kernels in the salsa is a really nice unexpected texture. So are the crunchy tortilla strips.

For a full list of all of the Big 10 team hot dogs, click here and enjoy!

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Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog

Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American


  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Corn salsa If you can't find it just add a few corn kernels to regular salsa
  • Blue and white corn tortilla strips
  • Shredded pepperjack cheese


  • Grill or cook the the dogs as desired.
  • Toast your buns if you like (I always do).
  • Place dogs on buns and top with plenty of salsa.
  • Top with plenty of cheese. If you want your cheese melted place under the broiler for a minute.
  • Add tortilla strips and serve.

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