Chicago Style Hot Dog

Chicago Style Hot DogI have never had a hot dog without ketchup so I was a little leery about trying a Chicago style dog. I found a tempting looking photo of this hot dog in my newest Food Network Magazine and since I had nearly every ingredient, I decided to give it a try. I didn’t have poppy-seed buns or cucumber spears but I had all of the other ingredients. I loved this hot dog and I don’t think I will ever use ketchup again. It had so many great flavors and textures… a little sweet, spicy, and crunchy. This was, by far, the best hot dog I have ever made at home. I am so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone to give this one a try.

Chicago Style Hot Dog:
Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of
Original recipe from Food Network Magazine ~ July/August 2010
  • 1 hot dog (I used Hebrew National low fat hot dogs)
  • 1 hot dog bun
  • Sliced grape tomatoes
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Pickled peppers
  • Diced onion
  • Yellow mustard
  • Celery Salt
  • Dill pickle spear

Chicago Style Hot DogBoil the hot dog until done. Place in the hot dog bun and layer it with tomatoes, relish, peppers, onion, mustard, and celery salt. Add your dill pickle on top or on the side like I did. Enjoy!

Chicago Style Hot Dog

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45 Responses to “Chicago Style Hot Dog”

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    Tiffany — August 18, 2010 @ 3:01 am

    I still can't believe Chicago hot dogs don't have ketchup and I live in Chgo! I love ketchup. My husband doesn't…it's a battle we have. πŸ™‚


  2. 2 — August 18, 2010 @ 3:13 am

    yum! i haven't had a hot dog in years!


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    stacief — August 18, 2010 @ 3:15 am

    That looks yummy! We eat a fair share of low fat hot dogs…love em!


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    Mandy — August 18, 2010 @ 3:18 am

    Sounds delicious. With fall on its way I'm anticipating lot of bonfire with hot dogs cooked over an open flame (its been too humid to have a bonfire this summer). I like ketchup on my hot dogs, but I like mixing it up every once in a while too.


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    Sarah B. — August 18, 2010 @ 3:25 am

    Sounds amaaaaazing!


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    Healthy and Homemade — August 18, 2010 @ 3:36 am

    Delish! I love a good hot dog, that one looks insane! YUM.


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    Kerstin — August 18, 2010 @ 3:36 am

    These make me miss Chicago – yum!

    And I'm glad you had a great vacation!


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    Russell van Kraayeburg — August 18, 2010 @ 3:54 am

    This looks delicious. I love hotdogs, and somehow I have not managed to try a chicago dog! So aside from loving ketchup before, were there any other styles of hot dogs you really liked?

    My favorite is with bacon, cheese and jalepeΓ±os!


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    tamilyn — August 18, 2010 @ 3:56 am

    I saw these too and thought my hubby might enjoy them. Not a fan of tomatoes, peppers or raw onions so may not work for me πŸ™‚ Just give me some ketchup on my dog please!


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    Vicki — August 18, 2010 @ 4:25 am

    Don't forget, the bun has to be a poppy seed one to be a real Chicago dog!


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    Jan — August 18, 2010 @ 6:55 am

    Looks totally delish! It is strange that they don't have ketchup but it still looks yummy!


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    Ana Powell — August 18, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    A very posh and delicious hot dog.
    Really liked the combination of ingredients β™₯


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    nandini — August 18, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    Dont remember when i last had a good hotd.Yours looks terrific.


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    Nina Timm — August 18, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    That hotdog almost looks healthy! Love the pickles and mustard!!!


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    grace — August 18, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    i'm pretty addicted to ketchup on my hot dogs, but there doesn't seem to be room on this one with all that other good stuff. i'll take two, with a baseball game on the side, please. πŸ™‚


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    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente — August 18, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    Ketchup hardly features in our house so we would love this hotdog. Diane


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    Recipe for Delicious — August 18, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Just as long as there's mustard.


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    Anonymous — August 18, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    I am not a hot dog fan, but your gorgeous photo makes me want to change my mind!

    Pam-is it just me, or did you change the look of your blog this morning? The font and photo size are different…

    Kim im MD


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    Salsa Verde — August 18, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    Delicious and so yummy!!


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    PeggyR — August 18, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    That looks delicious..


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    The Mom Chef — August 18, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    I so much miss Chicago-style hot dogs. The best thing about them is that there is no single correct way to make them. As long as you pretty much have a salad on a dog and bun, you're good to go. I love mine with the pickle on the bun.


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    teresa — August 18, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    flavor explosion! this looks like so much fun, those chicago peeps know how to make a dog!


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    Rebecca — August 18, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    Mmm!!! Whenever I have a layover in the Chicago airport, I always make sure I get a Chicago hot dog! Looks just like an original πŸ™‚


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    Stacey Snacks — August 18, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    you put ketchup on a hot dog?
    Here in the NYC area, we like mustard, but who's to say?
    Looks yummy! I have never had a Chicago style dog before.


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    Cheryl — August 18, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    YUM, I could go for one of them right now!


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    Sushma Mallya — August 18, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    simple and a easy recipe, would love to try it


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    Maria — August 18, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    you can't beat a Chicago dog!


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    StephenC — August 18, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    I saw a feature on tv the other day about hotdogs in Mexico. Now you give us Chicago! Gotta do dogs. Thanks.


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    Sandi — August 18, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    now you have to make a NY hot dog with mustard, sauerkraut, onions with sauce and relish!


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    Pam — August 18, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    Kim in MD,

    I did change the template on my blog. I tried to keep it as close to the old one as possible.

    Russell van Kraayeburg,

    I think this one is my new favorite dog but I also love chili dogs. Your favorite sounds fantastic!




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    Katherine Aucoin — August 18, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    Can I substitute the ketchup for the tomatoes? That hot dog looks like a real mouthful!


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    Bridgett — August 18, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    Now this is how a hot dog should be!


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    Marjie — August 18, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    That's a lot of stuff on one hot dog!


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    Joanne — August 18, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    This baby is seriously loaded!


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    CeCe Savage — August 18, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    As a Chicagoan who loves mustard, I love Chicago style hotdogs. I think my favorite part is the non-sweet relish.

    I could do without the poppyseed buns though…

    And if you ever visit the city, go to Al's or Portillo's to get the best Chicago-style hotdog.


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    The Blonde Duck — August 18, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    I once did a story on a Chicago hot dog place here. I just can't go ketchup free!


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    Kris — August 18, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    Oh la la…pass the Tums please!!!!


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    stephchows — August 18, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    putting the pickle on top is my favorite part! yum!


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    BeeBuzz — August 18, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    Look yummy!
    I should go to get one for tomorrow lunch.


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    Jen_from_NJ — August 18, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    Wow! Maybe it is a regional thing but I don't know any one who puts ketchup on a hot dog, only mustard. Your Chicago style hot dog looks delicious!


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    Melissa — August 18, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    I LOVE hot dogs and am a mustard girl all the way! The thought of putting ketchup on my hot dog gives me the heebie jeebies. πŸ™‚


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    Pacheco Patty — August 19, 2010 @ 1:03 am

    If a hot dog can be gorgeous than your photo is gorgeous, makes me so hungry,lol;-)ps. without ketchup, mustard only!


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    Grams — August 19, 2010 @ 3:48 am

    I grew up in Texas eating Chili-cheese dogs. My son-in-law introduced me to Chicago style dogs a few years ago. I'll never go back. They're so delicious.


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    Kara — August 22, 2010 @ 1:31 am

    Chicago dogs are the best. Drag 'em through the garden and you've got a meal in a bun. πŸ™‚


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    Chris — August 22, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    Ding ding ding ding…..we have a wiener!

    Nice dog, Pam. (Although it blows my mind to know this is your first without ketchup.)


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