The Official Assembly of a Traditional Cincinnati-Style Hot Dog

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Yields:  6–8 Servings

The Cincinnati-Style is also served as a "Cheese Coney." 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
1 package hot dog buns
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup chili
1/4 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion


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. Chili - Place a generous amount of chili on top of the dog.
  3. Shredded mild Cheddar cheese – Add a generous amount of cheese.
  4. Fresh chopped onions - Place onions on top of the dog. The amount depends on your personal taste.