Chicago Style Hotdogs

Chicago Style Hotdogs

Chicago style hotdogs…. A couple years ago my wife and I took a weeklong trip to Chicago for a friend’s wedding.  While there we made sure to try all of the “Chicago things”.  We went downtown, we went to the lake, and saw all that we could in the course of a week.  Of course, we had to try the famous Chicago foods.  We had Chicago style pizza after their rehearsal dinner and of course had to try the famous Chicago Style Hotdogs while we were there too.  For this we were treated to Portillo’s.  Portillo’s started as a hot dog cart in the 60s and has been making Chicago Dogs ever since.

Traditionally, Chicago Dogs are a Vienna all beef hot dog served on a poppyseed bun with yellow mustard, chopped onion, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, sport peppers and bright green relish.  I cannot, for the life of me, find poppyseed buns or sport peppers in my area. Therefor, my dogs are missing those items.

For this recipe, I tried making my own homemade relish and used a bit of green food coloring to give it the bright green color.  This worked, but didn’t look quite right.  I also like to add beef bouillon cubes to my water and steam my hotdogs.  I toasted the bun before steaming it for a few seconds and then piled the toppings on.

This will be a recipe that I will update from time to time as I continue my search for the elusive poppyseed buns and sport peppers.  My Chicago friends would probably tell me 100 ways that this is wrong, but I will keep working on it.

Chicago Style Hotdogs

Chicago Style Hotdogs

Chicago style hotdogs with homemade relish
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 510 kcal


  • Medium sauce pan
  • Steamer
  • Strainer
  • Medium bowl


Homemade Lime Green Relish

  • 1 cucumbers
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 drops green food coloring


  • 5 hotdogs
  • 5 hotdog buns
  • 2 pickles slices
  • 1/2 onions sliced
  • 3 cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1/4 cups yellow mustard
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes


Homemade Relish

  • Chop cucumber
  • Chop onion
  • Put chopped cucumber and onion in a strainer over a bowl
  • Let drain for 2 hours
  • Using a wooden spoon push as much remaining liquid out as possible
  • Bring vinegar and sugar to a boil
  • Add cucumbers and onion to boiling vinegar
  • Add a couple drops of green food coloring
  • Reduce over a medium low heat until most of the liquid is gone
  • Remove from heat and cool in refrigerator


  • Bring water in a steamer to a boil
  • Add beef bouillon cubes to boiling water
  • Steam hotdogs until done
  • Put hotdog buns in steamer for 20 seconds
  • Put hotdog on steamed bun
  • Add yellow mustard
  • Add pickles
  • Add relish
  • Add onion
  • Add tomato



Calories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 18gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 2448mgPotassium: 512mgFiber: 4gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 251IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 5mg
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