Jalapeno & Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dog Buns with Turkey Chili Cheese

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Jalapeño & Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dog Buns with Turkey Chili Cheese is like the mother of all hot dogs. Those pretzel buns are awesome!


Pretzel Buns

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 cups water
  • scant 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water whisked together
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 jalapeños chopped

Turkey Chili

  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can chili ready chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Remaining Ingredients

  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese


  • For the Pretzels:
  • In the bottom of a stand mixer, combine water, sugar and salt.
  • Sprinkle yeast over.  Let set for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Add in flour and melted butter.
  • Using the dough hook, mix the dough until combined on a low speed, Increase the speed to medium and mix for five to seven minutes until dough becomes smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • On the last 30 seconds or so, add 1 cup of cheese and 3 chopped jalapeños.
  • Rinse bowl off and then grease with canola oil.
  • Place dough in the bottom and coat with oil.
  • Cover with a towel and place in a warm, draft –free place. Let rise for one hour.
  • While the dough rises make turkey chili.
  • In a large skillet, over a medium high heat, add oil, salt, onions and turkey.
  • Cook until turkey is browned, about five minutes.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, chili powder and sugar.
  • Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Set aside.
  • Once the dough has risen, divide into 12 equal portions.
  • Form into bun shapes to fit your hot dogs.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Bring a large stock pot to a rolling boil.
  • Add baking soda.
  • Place pretzels one at a time in the water and baking soda mixture.
  • Cook for 1 minute 20 seconds, flipping halfway through.
  • Transfer pretzels to a greased baking sheet.
  • Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl.
  • Brush pretzels with egg wash and then sprinkle remaining cheese and jalapeños.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno & Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dog Buns with Turkey Chili Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 412
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 65.4mg22%
Carbohydrates 45.5g15%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 2.6g3%
Protein 19g38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.