Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs created by Ashley Cuoco

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).

Ready In:
25mins
Serves:
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ingredients

  • 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)

directions

  • Simmer frankfurters in beer or water for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Warm buns in microwave, until slightly warm and soft.
  • To assemble hot dogs, place frank in each bun.
  • 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).
  • Sprinkle with celery and poppy seeds.
  • Serve.
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"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)."
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  1. Duane M.
    I haven't made a hotdog from your recipe, but I love Chicago dogs and this recipe is on par to what I know about what goes into a "true" Chicago dog. I only like frankfurters "in the casing". Any of those without it is just plain garbage IMO. The problem is, they are sooooo hard to find here in Utah.
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  2. ColoradoCooking
    These are addicting! We make them often and grill the hot dogs.
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  3. Daniel P.
    Anyone from Chicago can tell you a Chicago Style dog starts with Vienna Brand hot dogs and Rosen poppyseed buns, although some people don’t like the poppyseeds. Yellow mustard is the tradition and Sport Peppers are optional. Wieners are poached in hot water and buns are lightly steamed. Cooking in beer is not a local thing and ketchup will get you run out of town!. It’s the only way we can eat a hot dog here. Although I want to try a chili dog I can never bring myself to do it!
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  4. Jeff B.
    the best dogs are deep fried or microwaved until they split open. then add toppings.
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  5. Linda F.
    The recipe given here has nothing to do with actual Chicago hot dogs. Vienna dogs, yellow mustard, celery salt are the actual ingredients. The Neon green relish, onions and tomatoes are necessary. The best hot dog in the world.
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