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Neon Green Relish for Chicago Style Hot Dogs

Neon Green Relish for Chicago Style Hot Dogs

An important ingredient in the making of a Chicago Style Hot Dog is the neon green pickle relish. And if you live outside of Chicago it's very hard to get hold of - so we have a recipe to make it yourself at home.
2.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Condiments, Preserving
Cuisine: Chicago, Midwestern US
Servings: 146 tablespoons (Approx 12 x 250ml jars)
Calories: 22.7kcal
Author: The Cook


  • 800 g cucumbers, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 400 g chopped white onion
  • 200 g chopped red capsicums (bell peppers)
  • 200 g chopped green capsicums (bell peppers)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1200 ml water plus 3 tablespoons water
  • 700 g sugar
  • 450 ml white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
  • a couple of drops of Blue No.1. food colouring, not green as you might think


  • Put all the chopped ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle salt on top.
  • Cover with water and leave overnight.
  • In the morning drain, rinse, and drain again.
  • Press to get as much juice out as possible.
  • In a large pot combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed & mustard seed.
  • Bring to the boil; add chopped ingredients back to mixture, return to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Mix the cornflour with 60ml (2 fl oz) of water. Add to mixture gradually to thicken slowly.
  • Pour into prepared jars and seal.


If you want an authentic looking Chicago relish, add the food colouring.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 22.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.5g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 32.8mg | Potassium: 17.9mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5.1g | Vitamin A: 51.9IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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