The Official Assembly of a Traditional Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Yields:  6–8 Servings

The toppings are just as important as the order they are applied to the hot dog. The goal is to evenly distribute the toppings so you get a taste of each ingredient with every bite. Remember, dress the dog and not the bun!


1 package hot dogs ("Best's Kosher", "Vienna Beef" or other all beef dog)
1 package Poppy Seed hot dog buns
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup Rolf's deli style sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup white onions
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 jar Claussen kosher dill pickles
1 jar sport peppers
1/4 cup celery salt


Start out by placing your heated hot dog on the bun and add the toppings in the following order:

  1. Yellow mustard - Squirt the mustard directly on the dog from one end to the other.
  2. Bright green relish - Add a generous amount of sweet relish.
  3. Fresh chopped onions - Place onions on top of the dog. The amount depends on your personal taste.
  4. Two tomato wedges - The tomatoes should be placed along the crevice between the top of the bun and the hot dog.
  5. Pickle spear or slice - The pickle should be placed in the crevice between the bottom of the bun and the hot dog.
  6. Two sport peppers - Traditionally 2 sport peppers are added on top of a Chicago dog, but the sport pepper is often considered an optional topping.
  7. Celery salt - Sprinkle a dash of celery salt over the dog.