hot dog chicago style recipe

Chicago-Style Hot Dog Recipe

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40 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Who doesn’t love a delicious homemade hot dog? Especially when it features juicy milk sausage, a soft bun, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and a dollop of mustard. This simple yet irresistible combination is guaranteed to please anyone’s palate. Spend a wonderful weekend with your family or friends making these tasty hot dogs. The process is simple and exciting, so you are sure to have fun. Below, you will find the best Chicago-style hot dog recipe along with some useful tips.What is a Chicago-style Hot Dog?

Ah, the Chicago-style hot dog – a true masterpiece of flavors and textures! The combination of a soft milk bun, savory milk sausages, and the vibrant medley of fresh ingredients creates a hot dog experience like no other. Making them at home is not just cooking; it's crafting a delicious memory for your taste buds. The secret to mastering this recipe lies in the details – from the perfectly marinated onions to the sizzling sausages. The burst of flavors, from the tangy pickled cucumber to the spicy jalapeños, is what elevates this hot dog to iconic status. Give this recipe a try and savor the essence of Chicago in every bite. Perfect for weekends with family and friends – it's a culinary adventure that's both simple and exciting! Happy cooking and indulging in the delightful world of Chicago-style hot dogs!

The Chicago-style hot dog is a delicious and iconic culinary creation that originated in Chicago, Illinois. It is known for its distinctive combination of ingredients and toppings, which are carefully selected to provide a bold and delicious flavor profile.

The good news is that you can make Chicago-style hot dogs at home. Plus, the process is easy and takes just 25 minutes. You can have a delicious Chicago-style hot dog with the perfect blend of flavors and textures in every bite in just a few steps.

Chicago-style Hot Dog Ingredients

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  • Milk hot dog bun: The soft and slightly sweet milk bun provides the perfect base, offering a great texture that complements the other ingredients.
  • Milk sausages: Milk sausages are a key ingredient that adds a savory and hearty element to hot dogs, infusing them with delicious flavors.
  • Tomato: Fresh tomato slices add juiciness and a burst of freshness to balance the richness of the sausage.
  • Pickled jalapeños: They provide a spicy kick that enhances the overall flavor and adds a touch of heat for hot dogs.
  • Pickled cucumber: Pickled cucumber slices provide a crisp and tangy contrast and add a refreshing element to the ensemble.
  • Medium hot mustard: This spicy mustard adds a sharp and tangy note that enhances the hot dog’s flavor.
  • Butter: A light brushing of butter on the bun enhances its richness and contributes to a golden, lightly toasted finish.
  • Vinegar: A dash of vinegar adds an acidity that balances out the flavors of the onion.
  • Sugar: A hint of sweetness from the sugar rounds out the flavor, harmonizing with the savory and spicy of the onion.
  • Salt and pepper: These seasonings add the finishing touches. They ensure that every bite is perfectly seasoned and satisfying.

chicago style hot dog

How to Make Chicago-style Hot Dog?

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  1. First, slice the tomatoes and dice the cucumber and onion.
  2. Then, marinate onions with vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. 
  3. Next, fry the sausages in the butter until they are golden brown. Add 2 ounces (60 g) of water and remove from heat.
  4. Add the butter to the heated pan. Then add the salt and pepper. Cut the buns, place them in the pan, and brawn on the inside at a low temperature.    
  5. To make the hot dog, spread the buns with mustard, then add the tomatoes, sausages, pickled onions, and cucumber. 
  6. Then, add jalapeños and sprinkle with fried onions.

Recipe Chef Tip:

  • It’s really important to fry the buns in butter, as this will saturate them with flavor and prevent them from getting soggy quickly.

Assessing this hot dog recipe, I can say that there are a couple of healthy ingredients in it, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. These vegetables enrich the dish with vitamins and minerals. However, all the other ingredients, despite any desire, cannot be called healthy. Milk buns contain white flour and sugar, so they are not a source of beneficial carbohydrates. Milk sausages are a chemically processed product with numerous additives, so they cannot be considered a source of quality protein. Caramelized onions contain additional saturated fats and carbohydrates. Additionally, the use of oil and sugar in the frying and marinating process also increases the calorie content and the amount of saturated fats and simple carbohydrates in the dish. That's why I cannot consider such hot dogs a healthy meal option and do not recommend them even if you are not trying to lose weight, but rather want to gain mass. For such a purpose, I advise looking for healthier options of nutritious and high-calorie dishes.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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Chicago-Style Hot Dog Recipe
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Recipe for Chicago-style hot dog - the best dish for a weeknight family meal!
hot dog chicago style recipe
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
The ingredients you need:
4 pcs milk hot dog bun
4 pcs milk sausages
2 pcs tomato (medium size)
1 pc mars onion (medium size)
1 ounce (30 g) pickled jalapeños
2 ounces (60 g) pickled cucumber
0,5 ounces (15 g) crispy onions
1,4 ounces (40 g) medium hot mustard
1,8 ounces (50 g) butter
1,8 ounces (50 g) vinegar
0,4 ounces (10 g) sugar
Let’s start !

1. Slice the tomatoes. Dice the cucumber and onion.


2. Marinate onions with vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. 


3. Fry the sausages in the butter until they are golden brown. Add 2 ounces (60 g) of water and remove from heat.


4. Add the butter to the heated pan. Then add the salt and pepper. Cut the buns, place them in the pan, and brawn on the inside at a low temperature.  


5. Spread the buns with mustard, add the tomatoes, sausages, pickled onions, and cucumber.


6. Add jalapeños and sprinkle with fried onions.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Calories: 726
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g43%
Saturated Fat 12g61%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 2082mg91%
Total Carbohydrate 83g30%
Dietary Fiber 9g32%
Total Sugars 23g 
Protein 26g 
Vitamin C 200mg999%
Calcium 282mg22%
Iron 7mg39%
Potassium 1319mg28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Watch How To Make It

For an extra layer of indulgence, lightly toast the buns in butter. This not only imparts a rich flavor but also acts as a barrier, keeping the bun sturdy against the juicy ingredients. The key is a gentle toasting at a low temperature, ensuring the perfect golden hue without sacrificing that soft interior. Your Chicago-style hot dog deserves this buttery touch for an unforgettable bite!

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