Completos: Chilean-Style Hot Dogs
The completo is one of the most popular street foods in Chile. It’s a fully loaded hot dog that is easy to replicate at home.
Several years ago, I spent 6 months in Santiago, Chile. My goal was to study Spanish, travel, and immerse myself in Chilean culture. Needless to say, I had the best time sampling the many different dishes of Chile, including pastel de choclo, cazuela, lots and lots of seafood and fresh vegetables, spicy green condiment pebre – and the completos.
Chile has its own version of a hot dog – el completo (the “complete” or “total”) – and it’s delicious.
Why is it called a completo? My guess is that it’s complete (a.k.a fully loaded) with a lot of delicious hot dog toppings.
What Is On A Chilean Completo?
A Chilean completo is a fully loaded hot dog. The typical toppings include:
- Chopped tomatoes
It’s also traditional to eat a completo with the addition of sauerkraut and chopped onion.
Chileans sometimes refer to the completo as the completo Italiano, aptly named because of the presence of the colors of the Italian flag: Red (chopped tomato), green (mashed avocado), and white (mayonnaise).
There are many variations on the completo. The recipe, below, incorporates the traditional toppings listed above.
When it comes to budget-friendly foods, hot dogs are a great option. While most people don’t want to make a habit of eating hot dogs for a meal, every once in awhile they’re fun to eat – especially during grilling season. Try these French onion hot dogs.
Another fun option: Set up your own DIY hot dog bar.
- 4 hot dogs (regular size)
- 4 hot dog buns
- 2 small avocados, mashed (or 1 large)
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped white onion
- 1/2 cup sauerkraut
- Prepare hot dogs per your liking (pan-frying in a bit of oil or grilling). Toast buns.
- Top each hot do with mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes, onion, and sauerkraut. Drizzle with mayonnaise and serve.