I admit that there are hundreds of recipes for Chicago style hot dogs. Having grown up in Chi-Town, it was not uncommon for me to buy Chicago style hot dogs in local restaurants and from any number of street vendors. The Chicago Style Hot Dog was and still is a daily part of native Chicagoans life.
Now that I have been away from my hometown for decades, I have found it hard to capture the exact taste of a true Chicago style hot dog. However, I could be just more than a little bias on the subject.
Therefore, searching my memory for what I have been missing, I have pulled together these ingredients to recreate what I believe is the closest I will come to a true Chicago Style Hot Dog.
Chicago Style Hot Dog
Large Vienna Beef Hot Dogs in their natural skins
Steamed Poppy Seed Bun/ Wheat Buns
Diced Spanish Sweet Onions
Sweet Pickle Relish
Celery Salt or Gumbo File
Kosher Dill Pickle
Serrano Sport Peppers
Ketchup, If Desired
There are four methods for cooking a Chicago Style Hot Dog.
- Use an Old Fashioned Hot Dog Roller
- Deep fried hot at 375 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes, no more than that amount of time,
- Steam it, or
- Grill it.