Chicago Tamale Dog (Mother-in-Law Sandwich)

Chicago Tamale Dog (aka the Mother-in-Law sandwich) plants a spicy tamale on a bun for a perfect Tex-Mex sandwich Windy City style.
Chicago Tamale Dog

Chicago Tamale Dog

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Chicago Tamale Dog (aka the Mother-in-Law sandwich) is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. We are a group of blogging friends and peers who post on a common topic each Sunday. This week we are sharing street food recipes.

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CHicago Tamale Dog

I decided to make a version of a hot dog I came across reading Wikipedia. Apparently in Chicago it is a thing to serve a tamale on a hot dog bun with toppings.

I decided to try it and  found it to be pretty good. The article mentioned it may have had its start in Mexico as one of the torta sandwiches served on bolillo. Here it is every bit a chili pill.

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Chicago Tamale Dog

Chicago Tamale Dog

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Chicago Tamale Dog

Chicago Tamale Dog (Mother-in-Law sandwich)

Sue Lau
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5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 265 kcal


  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 tamales (canned, refrigerated or frozen)
  • 10.5 ounce can chili I used Hormel no bean
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 12 cherry tomatoes halved


  • Heat tamales and serve on buns with chili, cheese, jalapenos and sliced tomatoes.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 12gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 838mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 773IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 297mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicago recipes, street food
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7 responses

  1. This had to be the most interesting and tasty recipe for a hotdog I have eaten in years loved the flavor and I would give it 10 stars if I could only find a rating button on your site.

    • Check the recipe card. There should be some there at the top. I have been having issues with Jetpack interfering with the rating in the comments box.

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