Chicago (Cubs) Style Hot Dogs

These Chicago style hot dogs come together quickly and are an essential game-day food for any Cubs fan. True Chicago dogs are all-beef, but substitute turkey or tofu hot dogs for a healthier option. 

A Chicago-style hot dog is pictured on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by James Brosher)The Cubs return to Wrigley tonight to face the Cleveland Indians in game three of the World Series and I couldn’t be more excited. I come from a long line of die-hard Cubs fans, especially on my dad’s side of the family. We would often congregate around the television in my grandparent’s living room to watch the games, with my dad, grandpa and grandma sighing and yelling in the background. They love their Cubs and wanted nothing more than to see them make it to the World Series. My grandparents got to see it happen in 1945 and I’m so glad my dad is here to see his beloved Cubbies make it this time around.

I wish we could afford tickets to take my dad to Wrigley to see history being made, but ticket prices are out of control. So, we’re cheering the Cubs on loudly from home. And, you can’t truly enjoy a baseball game without a hot dog in hand.

In honor of the Cubs, we’re serving up our hot dogs Chicago style. It’s the best way to eat a hot dog, in my opinion. There is one steadfast rule when it comes to making Chicago dogs: NO KETCHUP. It’s not necessary with all of the other delicious toppings. You should ideally serve the dogs in poppy seed buns, but I couldn’t find them anywhere in town.

Enjoy these with a cold pint of beer and get your W flags ready!

A Chicago-style hot dog is pictured on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by James Brosher)

Chicago Style Hot Dogs

[ingredients title=”Ingredients”]

  • 6 Vienna Beef hot dogs
  • 6 poppy seed hot dog buns
  • 1 tomato, sliced into 12 small wedges
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup sport or banana peppers
  • 6 dill pickle spears
  • Celery salt


[directions title=”Directions”]

  1. Grill hot dogs until heated through.
  2. Place each hot dog in a bun and top with the following: 2 tomato wedges, 1 Tbsp. onion, 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard, 1 Tbsp. relish, a couple peppers, one dill pickle spear and a dash of celery salt.




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