Who would’ve thought that eating a loaded hot dog could fall into a Healthy Choices category? I’m here to tell you that the Chicago Style Hot Dog with it’s nine layers of flavor can easily weigh in at less than 250 calories (only 5 WW Pts+).
Not only did I have fun assembling our Chicago Style Hot Dogs, but once the pictures were taken I sat down and savored every bite! Hats off to our Chicago friends for engineering this signature dog.
Yes, I said 9-layers, aka “The Works.” Count ’em down.
- Poppy Seed Bun ~ I can not lie. I bought the lowest calorie hot dog bun I could find and ‘poppy seeded’ it. I wasn’t going to tell you, but my conscience got the better of me.
- Steamed All Beef Hot Dog ~ Ball Park brand were on sale, but Vienna Beef seems to be the favored dog. I chose the lowest calorie beef frank (80 calories).
- Yellow Mustard
- Sweet Pickle Relish
- Sliced Tomato
- Dill Pickle Spear
- Diced Onion
- Sport Peppers ~ which for us meant a jalapeno straight from our Southern Hot Sauce jar.
- Celery Seed ~ don’t skip this step, if the tomato and pickles don’t seem odd enough, celery seed surely will. Yet each of these layers of flavor work together.
I was tempted to leave off the ingredients that I normally would never add to a hot dog, but I didn’t. I wanted to appreciate a Chicago Style Hot Dog as the originators put forth. Here’s a fun article on the story behind the Chicago Style Hot Dog and who those originators might have been.
Recipe inspiration came from Weight Watchers.