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The 18 best side dishes to serve with hot dogs for kids

Trying to serve your kids an at least semi-well rounded meal? Here are the best side dishes to serve with hot dogs for kids!

If your kids are much like mine, when I ask them what they want to eat, they will yell back either CHICKEN NUGGETS or MAC N CHEESE!

The basics are king around here.

However, a hot dog is not a whole meal (usually).

I serve my 2 and 4 year olds in these divided silicone plates so they get 1 “main dish” and 2 sides.

One of our sides is always cut up fruit: berries, sliced apples, sauteed apples, sliced banana, mandarin oranges, something like that.

The second side is what is up in the air. For breakfast, it’s a yogurt pouch. For lunch, it’s either goldfish or chex mix. For dinner, I try for more of a side dish.

But, if you are like me, when it’s time to make food your brain goes completely blank as to what to cook.

If you are wondering what to eat with hot dogs, there are loads of possibilities!

Below I am rounding up my best ideas of what to serve with hot dogs. I will round up a general list of ideas and then keep scrolling to links to actual recipes for some great ones!

side dishes to serve with hot dogs for kids

The best side dishes to serve with hot dogs for kids

Here are my general favorite sides with hot dogs.

  • Cut fruit
  • Bacon
  • Fries – my kids actually prefer sweet potato fries
  • Tots
  • Chex mix, pretzels, chips
  • Veggie sticks
  • Cheese stick or babybel cheese
  • Baked carrots
  • Green peas (I make frozen ones in the microwave, and add butter)
  • Potatoes any way – mashed potato, smashed, baked
  • Mac n cheese
  • Corn (on the cobb or canned)
  • Pickles
  • Applesauce

If you are wondering what goes with hot dogs for adults, consider:

  • Cole slaw
  • Baked beans
  • Chili
  • Green salad
  • Green beans
  • Grain salad like cous cous, quinoa, etc
  • Broccoli
  • Sautéed spinach
  • Brussel sprouts

(And if your kids will eat those things, more power to you! Mine will not.)

kid friendly side dishes to go with hot dogs

Here are some mouth watering recipes for hot dog sides!

The best sides to serve with hot dogs for kids

Serving hot dogs for dinner? Here are a TON of side ideas that your kids will gobble up!

What’s your favorite hot dog side dish?

Thanks for reading!

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