Heart-Healthy Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Spring training just got better with this healthier version of an American classic!

Hot dog


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and then sliced into thin half-moon shapes
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 4 hot dogs (choose an all-natural, nitrite-free brand that is turkey, beef, or vegetarian)
  • 4 whole wheat hot dog buns
  • Yellow mustard
  • 4 tomato slices, halved
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Diced cucumber (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper strips and cook, stirring frequently, until caramelized and tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Cook hot dogs according to package instructions.
  • Open the buns, spread one side with mustard, and lay tomato slices on top.
  • Place hot in the center; top evenly with the onion and bell pepper mixture, pickle, relish, and cucumber as desired.

Recipe courtesy of Meal Makeover Moms