Chicago Dog Cups (Muffin Pan)

Chicago Dog Cups – easy muffin tin Chicago Hot Dog appetizers! Great for parties or a fun lunch and dinner! Refrigerated pizza dough, poppy seeds, all-beef hot dogs, sweet pickle relish, white onion, dill pickles, tomatoes, mustard, sport peppers, and celery salt. NO ketchup! It’s a rule! These things fly off the plate at our get-togethers! #partyfood #chicagodog #hotdog #appetizer #lunch #dinner #gameday

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What is a Chicago Dog?

A Chicago hot dog is an all-beef hot dog served in a poppy seed bun and topped with:

  • yellow mustard
  • chopped white onions
  • bright green sweet pickle relish
  • dill pickle spear
  • tomato slices or wedges
  • pickled sport peppers
  • dash of celery salt

That is a lot of stuff!! I wanted to serve fully loaded Chicago Dogs for our upcoming Labor Day get together, so I decided to bake them in a muffin tin! They turned out perfect! Easy enough to eat on the go or grab a couple and put them on a plate. Plus I eliminated the need for condiments lying around the table.

chicago hotdog baked in muffin tin

How to Make Hot Dogs in a Muffin Tin

These hot dog cups are super easy to make. Cut some refrigerated pizza dough into squares and press it in the muffin tin cups. Sprinkle the dough with poppy seeds, pressing them onto the dough. Chop hot dogs and toss with pickle relish, onion, and mustard. Divide the hot dog pieces between the muffin cups and bake. Remove the cups from the oven and top with the toppings – fresh onion, pickles, tomatoes, sport peppers, mustard, and celery salt.

Tips for Making Chicago Dog Cups

  • I used Pillsbury canned refrigerated pizza dough.
  • Can use any hot dog brand you prefer – Nathan’s, Hebrew National, Ball Park, Oscar Mayer.
  • Can substitute turkey hot dogs for beef hot dogs if desired.
  • If you can’t find sport peppers, you can substitute pickled serrano peppers, pickled jalapenos, or pickled pepperoncini peppers.
  • I used petite kosher dill pickles. Feel free to use chopped regular dill pickles.
  • Chicago Dogs do NOT use ketchup!
chicago hotdog baked in muffin tin

What to Serve with Chicago Dogs

These Chicago Hot Dog Cups make a great appetizer or fun lunch and dinner. Everyone loves them. They are a real crowd pleaser! Give these a try at your next get-together. I promise they will be a hit!

Since you can’t just serve hot dogs at a party, here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these hot dog muffin cups:

chicago hotdog baked in muffin tin

Chicago Hot Dog Cups

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Chicago Hot Dog Cups – easy muffin tin Chicago Dog appetizers! Great for parties or a fun lunch and dinner! Refrigerated pizza dough, poppy seeds, all-beef hot dogs, sweet pickle relish, white onion, dill pickles, tomatoes, mustard, sport peppers, and celery salt. NO ketchup! It's a rule! These things fly off the plate at our get-togethers! #partyfood #chicagodog #hotdog #appetizer #lunch #dinner #gameday

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 2 (13.8-oz) cans refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 (14 oz) package all-beef hot dogs , chopped
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard, plus more for topping
  • 2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • ½ cup diced white onion, divided
  • 12 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 12 baby dill pickles, halved lengthwise
  • 12 sport peppers

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  • Cut pizza dough intoa total of 12 squares (6 squares per can). Press dough pieces into bottoms and up the sides of the prepared pan. Brush dough edges with egg white and sprinkle poppy seeds over top.
  • Toss together hot dogs, mustard, relish, and 1/4 cup onion in a bowl. Divide hot dog mixture among muffin cups.
  • Bake cups until edges are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Top cups with remaining 1/4 cup onion, tomatoes, pickles, sport peppers, and mustard.

Notes:

I used Pillsbury canned refrigerated pizza dough.
Can use any hot dog brand you prefer – Nathan’s, Hebrew National, Ball Park, Oscar Mayer.
Can substitute turkey hot dogs for beef hot dogs if desired.
If you can’t find sport peppers, you can substitute pickled serrano peppers, pickled jalapenos, or pickled pepperoncini peppers.
I used petite kosher dill pickles. Feel free to use chopped regular dill pickles.
Chicago Dogs do NOT use ketchup!

Steph

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