Menu Close

Chicago-style Hot Dog

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe

A Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago Dog, or Chicago Red Hot is an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun, originating from the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with yellow mustard; chopped white onions; bright Green Sweet Pickle Relish; a dill pickle spear; tomato slices or wedges; pickled sport peppers; and a dash of celery salt. The complete assembly of a Chicago hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” due to the many toppings. The method for cooking the hot dog itself varies depending on the vendor’s preference. Most often they are steamed, water-simmered or grilled over charcoal, the latter of which are referred to as “char-dogs.”

The canonical recipe does not include ketchup, and there is a widely shared, strong opinion among many Chicagoans and aficionados that ketchup is unacceptable. A number of Chicago hot dog vendors do not offer ketchup as a condiment.

History

Many sources attribute the distinctive collection of toppings on a Chicago-style wiener to historic Maxwell Street and the “Depression Sandwich” reportedly originated by Fluky’s in 1929. Both the founders of Vienna Beef frankfurters, the most common brand served today, first sold at the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago, and the proprietors of Fluky’s were Jewish, which may account for the wieners’ pork-free, kosher-style character.

Variations

The “dragged through the garden” style is heavily promoted by Vienna Beef and Red Hot Chicago, the two most prominent Chicago hot dog manufacturers, but exceptions are common, with vendors adding cucumber slices or lettuce, omitting poppy seeds or celery salt, or using plain relish or a skinless hot dog. Several popular hot dog stands serve a simpler version: a steamed natural-casing dog with only mustard, onions, plain relish and sport peppers, wrapped up with hand-cut french fries, while the historic Superdawg drive-ins notably substitute a pickled tomato for fresh. Many vendors, including Portillo’s, offer a Chicago-style dog with cheese sauce, known as a cheese-dog.

Preparation

Chicago-style hot dogs are cooked in hot water or steamed before adding the toppings. A less common style is cooked on a charcoal grill and referred to as a “chardog.” Chardogs are easily identifiable because very often the ends of the dog are sliced in crisscross fashion before cooking, producing a distinctive cervelat-style (“curled-x” shape) as the dog cooks. Some hot dog stands, such as the Wieners Circle, only serve char-dogs.

The typical beef hot dog weighs 60 g and the most traditional type features a natural casing, providing a distinctive “snap” when bitten.

The buns are a high-gluten variety made to hold up to steam warming, typically the S. Rosen’s Mary Ann brand from Alpha Baking Company.

Chicago-style Hot Dog

Make the perfect Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago Dog, or Chicago Red Hot at home with our classic recipe. The best hotdog ever !!!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Chicago, Midwestern US, United States
Servings: 1 hotdog
Calories: 323kcal
Author: The Cook

Ingredients

  • 1 frankfurter (Vienna hot dog), boiled or steamed
  • 1 poppy seed roll, heated or steamed
  • ½ tablespoon yellow American mustard
  • 1 tablespoon neon green relish
  • diced onions
  • 2 large dill pickle slices
  • 2 slices red tomatoes
  • dash celery salt
  • 1 sport pepper, up to 2, optional (see Note 1)

Instructions

  • Place cooked hot dog in poppy seed roll.
  • Top with mustard, green relish, onions, pickles, and sliced tomatoes.
  • Finish it off with a dash of celery salt.
Rate & Comment on this this Recipe

Notes

  1. The sport peppers are optional. Pepperoncini or Jalapeño peppers are reasonable substitutes

Nutrition

Serving: 1hotdog | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 951mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 64.7mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3.4mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @cooking_r or tag #aussietasterecipes!
Like this recipe?Follow us @csoftwareaustra

Comments via Facebook

You might also like :

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
Send this to a friend
Hi There - We notice that you have an ad-blocker
Plenty of visitors do. All we ask is that you please consider sharing us or commenting on the post as a nice gesture.
Thank you for visiting The Taste of Aussie
Your Information will never be shared with any third party.
OR
Cooking is Easy
Do you like lobsters? We teach chefs to cook better. Subscribe now and get a free invitation to our cooking class!
We never share your data with 3rd parties.
2018 (С) All rights reserved.
Simple.
This is Photoshop's version of Lorem Ipsum. Proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet. Aenean sollicitudin, lorem quis bibendum auctor, nisi elit consequat ipsum.
2018 (C) All rights reserved.
{loginbox-username}
{loginbox-password}
{loginbox-remember}
{loginbox-submit}
Enter Your Details
Remember Me
Got Freebies?
Designer? Try our weekly freebies pack! Subscribe now and we will send you this week’s pack immediately.
Your Email
2016 (С) All rights reserved.
Enter Your Account
{loginbox-username}
{loginbox-password}
{loginbox-remember}
Remember Me
{recaptcha}
{loginbox-submit}
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY
Just one step to success!
Don't Miss Out!
Stay in touch with us by receiving our monthly newsletter of new recipes and related food posts.
Aussie Taste
Recipe Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter and keep up with our latest recipes and cooking information.
Subscribe Now
Fresh berries straight from da woods. Get a 50% discount by subscribing to our free newsletter.
Cooking is Easy
Do you like lobsters? We teach chefs to cook better. Subscribe now and get a free invitation to our cooking class!
We never share your data with 3rd parties.
2018 (С) All rights reserved.
Aussie Taste
Subscribe to our newsletter and get cooking help, food information, and wholesome healthy recipes
2017 (C) All rights reserved.
Aussie Taste Recipes
Enjoy our recipe newsletter with plenty of cooking information and straight forward recipes
Follow Us.
This is Photoshop's version of Lorem Ipsum. Proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet. Aenean sollicitudin, lorem quis bibendum auctot mauris. Morbi accumsan ipsum velit. Nam nec tellus a odio tincidunt auctor a ornare odio. Sed non taciti sociosqu.
2017 (C) All rights reserved.