Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Dogs

Try a classic fair treat from the comfort of your home.

A hot dog fried in a batter. What’s not to love? This recipe expands on the classic corn dog, adding in some sharp cheddar cheese and diced jalapeno into the mix. The result is a savory spicy explosion of flavor in every bite. And while they may not have turned out picture-perfect (I’m like 99-percent sure it’s because of the cheddar/jalapeno addition) they sure did taste delicious. So relive your childhood memories with this simple at-home corn dog recipe.

Frying, for me at least, is always a daunting affair. But the skewered hot dogs were actually the easiest thing I’ve fried to date. And pouring your batter into a tall glass definitely helps with getting a nice even coat all over your dog. It ends up being one of those fail-proof sorta recipes.

Time You Need

  • ~10 minutes prep
  • ~25-30 minutes cooking
  • Yields: 8 corndogs

What You Need

  • ~½ cup yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup of sharp cheddar, finely blended/processed
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup of pickled jalapeno
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup milk (or buttermilk if desired)
  • ~1 quart of oil for frying
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 skewers
  • Ketchup and mustard for serving

What You Do

  • In a food processor, blend jalapeno until they are super fine, almost a slurry.
  • Then in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Then, whisk in the milk, egg, jalapeno, and cheese powder to form a batter.
  • Next, pat dry the hot dogs with a paper towel to remove any moisture. Then skewer each hot dog with wooden skewers.
  • In a large pot, add oil and bring to about 375 degrees.
  • Pour the batter (about as much as you can) into a large glass.
  • Dip hot dogs into the batter one at a time and coat evenly with batter. Repeat for the first 4 and fry in the pot of oil.
  • Fry the corndogs for about 3-5 minutes until they achieve a golden crunchy brown, then place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Repeat the batter and frying steps for the next four corndogs.
  • Serve with ketchup, mustard, or even BBQ sauce!

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