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 Dog

I 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!

Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog
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Iowa Hawkeye Hot Dog

Topped with corn salsa, kicked-up pepper jack cheese, and tortilla strips, it’s one heck of a hot dog!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword hot dogs
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 248kcal


  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1 cup corn salsa If you can’t find it just add a few corn kernels to regular salsa
  • tortilla strips
  • pepper jack cheese shredded


  • 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.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 979mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.