My organic take on traditional Chicago Hot Dogs. I top these organic grassfed beef hot dogs with chopped iceberg, cucumbers, pickles, tomato slices, and celery salt! And yes, I'm a native, so I can switch it up a bit! But this version is completely organic and just as tasty!
I grew up on the South side of Chicago in a small neighborhood called Beverly. I absolutely loved growing up there, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Chicago and all it has to offer. My mom did a really great job of making us aware of the where we lived, the culture of the city, and the special things Chicago is known for. One of them being hot dogs.
Janson's was just a few blocks from our house, and on awesome days we were able to stop by the drive in and get a hot dog and a slushy. I remember turning into the parking lot and seeing their blue and pink neon sign reading Janson's Drive In Hamburgers, when I don't think we ever got a hamburger, ever. They have minimal seating inside, so we'd just walk up to the stainless steel counter to order and then take our hot dogs outside to the tables with umbrellas.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
If you're unfamiliar with Chicago Hot Dogs, then you're in for a treat. It's basically like a salad on top of your hot dog. Which I think makes the hot dog so much better and so much more filling, plus you're getting tons of veggies!
Traditionally Chicago Hot Dogs are a beef hot dog topped with mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, pickles, sport peppers, and celery salt. And a lot of Chicagoans will be very, very upset if you put ketchup on your hot dog – people can get really heated on this topic . But, if you know me, then you know ketchup is my favorite condiment – and I'm not joking one bit when I say that. So, I put ketchup on my hot dog – I always have, and I always will! And I am from the South side of Chicago – deal with it!
This recipe is a little different than the traditional Chicago Hot Dog because I am making it completely organic! And, I cannot for the life of me, find organic sport peppers anywhere! If you know, please share the love.
So, I'm topping my organic grassfed beef hot dogs with chopped iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, pickles, tomatoes, onions, relish, and celery salt. The celery salt makes this recipe! You have to get it! It has a very unique flavor that is crucial for Chicago Hot Dogs!
I like to eat my dogs with organic cheesy puffs, I like the Annie's Organic version. This just takes me back to being a kid because when we made hot dogs at home it was always a treat! You can serve your Chicago Dog with chips or pretzels too!
Tips for Making Chicago Hot Dogs
• Make sure you're using organic beef hot dogs. Don't skimp here people, don't do veggies dogs, don't do chicken dogs – use real beef hot dogs. I like to use Organic Prairie Grassfed Beef Hot Dogs, they are the best!
• Use a good bun. I like to use organic white buns for my dogs, but some Chicago dogs are also served on a poppy seed bun (like Janson's). It's just really hard to find good organic buns, the ones I linked are the best I've found. And I have yet to make my own!
• Most Chicago Hot Dogs will be served with all the toppings in more of a whole form, such as whole pickle slices, whole sport peppers, whole slices of tomato. But, I prefer to dice all of my toppings (as opposed to just the onions) so I get all of them in each bite.
• Chop all your toppings first before cooking or warming your buns. This way everything is ready so you can enjoy a hot dog!
• You can chop extra toppings so you have easy leftovers. I do this frequently because it's just Delaney and me. So, when we buy a pack of hot dogs, we usually have them for a few days. So, I'll chop extra toppings the first time and then store in a Tupperware in the fridge so it's really easy to create a meal the next day.
• Do not forget the celery salt! Find an organic celery salt here.
• If your hot dog is so giant it's difficult to take a bite – you're doing it right!
Ingredients for Chicago Hot Dogs
Organic Yellow Mustard
Organic Ketchup (optional)
Organic Iceberg Lettuce
Organic Sweet Relish
Organic White Onions
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Chicago Hot DogsDifficulty: Easy
Organic Chicago Hot Dogs can be made! This easy recipe for Chicago Hot Dogs is one you will love to make.
2 organic beef hot dogs
organic sweet relish
organic yellow mustard
organic ketchup (optional)
3 slices organic tomato, sliced in half
1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
3 slices organic cucumber, diced
1 slice white onion, diced
2 to 3 organic pickles, diced
organic celery salt
- Boil the hot dogs per the instructions on the packaging.
- While the dogs are boiling, lightly toast the buns.
- To assemble: Add the hot dogs into the buns, top with relish, mustard, and ketchup. Then add tomato slices, lettuce, cucumber, onion, and pickles. Top with a sprinkle of celery salt.
- Serve immediately.
- High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.
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