Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

A long-time family favorite. The authentic stands use Vienna Beef franks and buns with poppy seeds and that trademark green relish and yellow mustard. If you're not fortunate enough to live near a stand (like us), this home version does nicely (with my own preferred changes of course)! The natural casing frankfurters have a pleasant "pop" when you bite them and are far superior to normal hot dogs. I don't advise using serranos in place of sport peppers as they are not the same type of chile and the serranos are MUCH hotter (as well as not usually being found pickled).

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 natural casing beef frankfurters (I like Boar's Head brand)
  • 4 hot dog buns (with poppyseeds if you can find them)
  • 1 small onion, diced fine
  • 3 -4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish (bright green type if you can find it!)
  • 1 cold-pack kosher dill pickle, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 small tomatoes, sliced into julienne strips
  • 4 -8 pickled sport bell peppers or 4 -8 tiny hot peppers (Kroger sells these)
  • dusseldorf-style brown mustard, with horseradish,to taste (may use yellow mustard)
  • celery seed
  • poppy seed (omit if using seeded buns)
  • beer, for simmering (standard golden lager preferred; not authentic) (optional)


  1. Simmer frankfurters in beer or water for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Warm buns in microwave, until slightly warm and soft.
  3. To assemble hot dogs, place frank in each bun.
  4. Add mustard to taste; top with dill spear, relish, onion, tomato, and 1-2 sport peppers (Jalapenos"might" be a reasonable substitute if you are desperate to find the sport peppers, but the taste won't be quite the same).
  5. Sprinkle with celery and poppy seeds.
  6. Serve.
Most Helpful

I never had a Chicago-Style hot dog before and was really excited about trying this. I could not find the sport peppers, but they turned out good anyway.

Sheri-BDB March 27, 2003

I get an urge for these hot dogs and was not sure how to make them myself until I found this recipe. I especially loved it with the hot peppers. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

annie chambers July 16, 2003

Yumm Yumm!!!! I love Chicago-style hot dogs the best and I loved the suggestion of simmering the hot dogs in beer. I used good ole' Budweiser to simmer. They cooked perfectly and tasted just like ball-park hot dogs!! Next, I read in a magazine that the way to make the relish the beautiful bright green type is to just add a drop of green food coloring and a drop of yellow food coloring and blend well. We bit the tip off the little sport peppers (Vlasic hot chili peppers) and sprinkled the juice over the hot dogs and it was just perfect. The celery seed makes them taste authentic. I used a little celery salt too (because I saw that in the magazine that I got the relish tip in.) These were the best Chicago dogs I've ever had!!! Thanks for posting!!!!!!!!

Chef*Lee July 06, 2008

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