Chicago Style Hot Dog Salsa

Chicago Style Hot Dog Salsa

This Chicago style hot dog salsa is a new twist on a summer classic! It is easy to make and goes great with my spiralized hot dogs. I show you the complete how-to here.

Chicago Style Hot Dog Salsa

The dogs, buns and salsa – YUM!

Chicago Style Hot Dog Salsa

Pro-tip: Serve everything off a wooden cutting board for a rustic BBQ theme.

Chicago Style Hot Dog Salsa

The whole meal with sides: Mini mac and cheese, mini corn breads, and blackberry cobbler for dessert!

Spiralized Hot Dog BBQ



Chicago Style Hot Dog Salsa

A classic topping for hot dogs, this salsa combines fresh cucumbers, spicy peppers for heat and tangy tomatoes. I've been told that if you're a true Chicago native, you only put this on your hot dogs. No ketchup!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Author Ashley Mullins


  • 1/4 c thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 Persian cucumber, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 c quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 c thinly sliced banana peppers
  • 1/2 t celery salt
  • 1/4 c sweet pickle relish
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss. May be prepared several hours ahead of time.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 2 cups. Adapted from Justin Chapple of Food & Wine Magazine



  1. Mary from Life at Bella Terra

    Of course I am reading this while on a diet!!!!!! I love hotdogs and those look exceptional. Where did you get the small red containers for the mac ‘n cheese?

    1. Hi Mary! Sorry about your diet – maybe you can find some turkey dogs that would suffice :). The cast iron red cocottes were from Williams Sonoma. Not sure they have these anymore, but Staub makes one that’s very similar.

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