Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Craving a taste of Chicago? Look no further than this delicious and classic Chicago-Style Hot Dog recipe from! Grilled hot dogs are nestled into poppy seed buns and topped with a mouth-watering combination of sweet pickle relish, chopped onions, juicy tomatoes, spicy peppers, tangy mustard, and celery salt. Finish it off with a dill pickle spear on the side and you have a perfect meal. Follow the easy-to-follow instructions to make this iconic hot dog in just 15 minutes.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bar S Foods. All opinions are entirely my own.

Chicago Style Hot Dog

Grilled hot dogs topped with sweet relish, chopped onions, tomatoes, spicy peppers, mustard, celery salt and a dill pickle.  This hot dog hails from Chicago and features a poppy seed bun.

Depending on what region of the country you live, your hot dog topping could vary a lot.  However, the Windy City dog starts the same as many other city’s dogs.  It’s all about the dog.  I like to use Bar S dogs and steam or grill them on the stove top.

The sweet pickled relish may sound odd on top of a hot dog, but the onions, mustard and dill pickle truly tie all the ingredients together in one amazing bite!  With just a few extra steps, an otherwise ordinary hot dog can be turned into a timeless classic dish that’s enjoyed all throughout the Midwest.

Chicago Dog

Steaming or grilling hot dogs is perfect for quick lunch or dinner idea.  Boiling hot dogs seal in the juices and keeps the inside moist and flavorful while grilled hot dogs add an additional layer of flavor.  I’ve visiting Chicago throughout most of my life, having lived just 2 hour away.  One of my favorite things to eat in the city besides their famous deep dish pizza is the Chicago style hot dog.  It’s a must every time I visit!

With the Wisconsin Badgers playing basketball tomorrow and family and friends visiting in town, I’ll be serving up this classic dish for the game.

Bar S Foods is hosting a fun game all throughout March Madness.  Get in on the fun and vote for your favorite hot dog toppings that hail from different regions throughout the US.  Be sure to participate in the “Bar-S Bracket Challenge” sweepstakes from March 16 – April 2,  for the chance to win $5,000. To enter & submit your vote, visit the Bar S Foods website link here.  The winner will be notified on April 6th.   Read the full Term & Conditions here:

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What’s your favorite hot dog toppings?

Will you vote to keep the ever-famous Windy City hot dog at the number one spot?

Chicago Dog

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Grilled hot dogs topped with sweet pickle relish, chopped onions, tomatoes, spicy peppers, mustard, celery salt and a dill pickle. This hot dog hails from Chicago and features a poppy seed bun.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5


  • 5 Classic Bar S Hot dogs
  • 5 poppy seed hot dog buns (see notes)
  • 5 dill pickle spears
  • 1/2 white onion , chopped
  • 1 tomato , chopped
  • spicy pickled peppers
  • yellow mustard
  • Celery salt , few dashes


  • Cook hot dogs according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, chop onions and tomatoes.
  • Place hot dog in center of bun. Top with dill pickle, celery salt, white onions, chopped tomatoes, sweet relish and mustard.


*Poppy seed buns - If the store does not have any, simply spread a little melted butter or oil on top of the bun and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it's accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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