Chicago-Style Hot Dog Made Skinny


I really wasn’t sure this hot dog would be for me. I mean, I know it’s extremely popular in Chicago with everything in it but the kitchen sink!  A Chicago dog is typically made using an all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun piled high with mustard, sweet pickle relish, onion, tomato, a dill pickle spear, pepperoncini and a dash of celery salt.  My skinny version is made with a yummy 40 calorie, all-beef hot dog, placed in a honey wheat bun and topped with all the typical fixings of a traditional Chicago dog.  Each Chicago dog now has 232 calories, 5 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  My verdict…Pretty darn amazing and pretty messy too! Be sure to serve with lots of napkins!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

for 1 hot dog:

1 Hebrew National 97% fat-free all-beef hot dog, see shopping tips

1 Trader Joe’s honey wheat hot dog bun or your favorite whole wheat or multi-grain hot dog bun, see shopping tips

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1 tablespoon chopped onion

2-4 tomato slices

½ dill pickle cut into 2 spears

2 pepperoncini slices or banana pepper slices


1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, place hot dog in water, and cook 5 minutes or until done.

2. Place hot dog in bun. Pile on the toppings in this order: yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, pepperoncini slices or banana pepper slices.  The tomatoes should be nestled between hot dog and top of bun. Place pickles between hot dog and bottom of bun.

Makes 1 skinny Chicago hot dog

Sodium Note

This recipe is very high in sodium due to the hot dog and pickles. I don’t recommend it for those on a low sodium diet. For the rest of us, this recipe can be enjoyed once in a while. You could leave the pickle off to cut down on the sodium.

Shopping Tips

Hebrew National 97% fat-free all-beef hot dogs can be found in most supermarkets in the same aisle where other hot dogs are sold. Trader Joe’s also sells them. Each hot dog has 40 calories and 1 gram of fat.

My favorite hot dog buns are Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat Buns.  Each bun has 140 calories, 3 grams fat and contain 6 grams of fiber!  Another tasty one is Oroweat’s whole wheat hot dog buns.  Each has 190 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 8g fiber.

Weight Watchers (old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Chicago hot dog including all the toppings (based on Trader Joe’s bun)
232 calories 5g fat, 0g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 15g protein, 37g carbs, 8g fiber, 1790mg sodium, 9g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 full fat Chicago hot dog
377 calories, 20g fat, 12g protein, 38g carbs, 3g fiber, 2387mg sodium,

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10 Responses to “Chicago-Style Hot Dog Made Skinny”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Oh thank you for this – one of my fav hotdog styles!!

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks Michelle. I hope you enjoy my skinny version!

  3. The Busy Bee's Says:

    You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks for the invite…Sounds like fun. Best of luck to you!

  5. Martha Says:

    Me thinks this one should be linked up to Tailgating Time for sure! Stop over for a visit –

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks for the invite Martha. I’ll stop by and share this yummy recipe!

  7. Denise Says:

    These Hebrew National 97% fat-free all-beef hot dogs have been a life saver. They are actually good tasting and texture, unlike other lo-cal dogs. I use them to cure all my chili-dog and chicago-dog cravings. De-lish! And who doesn’t love a Chicago dog. Yum!

  8. admin Says:

    Denise, I agree 100%. These hot dogs are amazing. I love the sound of using them to create a chili dog. Yum!
    Thanks for sharing!
    With best wishes,

  9. Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines Says:

    Chicago style hot dogs are a true favorite of mine!! Hebrew National dogs are great!!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!! Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Lynn! I’m so happy to share it.

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