I spent some time abroad in Chile in 2011, enjoying Chilean slang (cachai?), studying indigenous culture and public health in the North, exploring the beautiful country from the Atacama Desert to Patagonia’s national parks, and eating hot dogs topped with avocado, tomato, and mayonnaise. It was truly the life.
So many of you know how big of a proponent I am of travel, but more than that, I seek to bring back home the lifestyle that travel teaches – be spontaneous, be bold, be outgoing. Say yes to day trips, yes to detours that lead you into interesting shops, and yes to the hot dog vendor on the corner, because your life is about to be changed. I am sharing this Chilean Style Hot Dog recipe with you today – while not really a recipe, the “Completo” Italiano is a delicious street food recipe that reminds me of my time in Chile.
- 2 chicken sausages
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes
- ½ Hass avocado
- 2 wheat hot dog buns
- 4 tablespoons 2% plain yogurt
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Optional garnishes: sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard
- Grill sausages per package instructions.
- Dice cherry tomatoes and avocado together.
- Warm hot dog buns and place the sausages into the bun. Top with tomato and avocado mixture.
- Mix plain yogurt with lemon juice (or use mayonnaise), and drizzle the mixture overtop of the hot dogs. I used a plastic bag with the tip cut to imitate a squeeze bottle look.
- Serve with ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, etc.
For those of you who have had a “Completo” before, you may notice some of my healthy alternatives – I used chicken sausage, plain yogurt flavored with lemon instead of mayo, and skipped on overloading the bun. The true flavor of the “Completo” is still there, and I urge you to give it a try whether you’ve been lucky enough to have Chilean street food or not!
Chi-chi-chi-le-le-le! Viva Chile! If only they’d made it further through the World Cup, I would be celebrating with these Completos again.