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Chicago Style Hot Dogs Recipe

This is how they do hot dogs in Chicago. I personally have never had a Chicago style hot dog but had always wanted to try it. A Chicago style hot dog is basically a hot dog with a lot of condiments. Some of the condiments include tomato, dill pickle, relish, onion, and hot peppers. If you are from Chicago chances are you already know all about these. I tried to keep this recipe as authentic as possible but unfortunately, some items seem nearly impossible to find unless you order them. Probably the hardest authentic item on this list to find is the sport peppers. If you cannot find them just omit or some recommend Tabasco peppers if you can find those. Putting all these condiments on a hot dog might sound strange to some but trust me, it’s delicious! These hot dogs are perfect for the upcoming football season. Enjoy.

(Makes 1 Serving)

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Chicago Style Hot Dogs Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 1 all-beef hot dog
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 poppy seed hot dog bun
  • 1 tablespoon sweet green pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon onion (chopped)
  • 4 tomato wedges
  • 1 dill pickle spear
  • 2 sport peppers
  • Celery salt




  1. Add water to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add a hot dog and cook for 5 minutes or until done. Remove hot dog and set aside.
  2. With a steamer, steam hot dog bun for 2 minutes.
    Place a hot dog on the steamed bun. Add condiments in this specific order- yellow mustard, relish, onion, tomato wedges, dill pickle spear, and celery salt.
  3. The tomatoes should be placed between the hot dog and the top of the bun. The dill pickle spear should be placed between the hot dog and the bottom of the bun.
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Monday 31st of August 2009

*sigh* I miss my home city and its hot dogs. You would never know you never had a true Chicago style based on your pictures. You are hereby dubbed an honorary Chicagoan!

Even though I'm a North-sider, Katklaw777 and I agree on the dog. "Vienna, All Beef" is the way to go.

Keep 'em dragged through the garden!


Friday 28th of August 2009

I grew up South-Side got it right!!! Actually the going name brand was specific, "Vienna, All-Beef Hot Dogs." They had a good snap when you bit in to them. I will say one thing tho, ours were always on a poppy seed hot dog bun. That nay have been a local tradition and I never, never ate those peppers! I remember tossing them to a squirrel once and he didn't like them either! Most importantly, don't ever put ketchup on Chicago hot dog! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.......


Friday 28th of August 2009

Those are so awesome... they just came out with them at the local hot dog place here in LA...