vegan chili cheese dogs
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There's nothing that says summertime quite like hot dogs! These Vegan Chili Cheese Dogs are loaded up with a homemade plant-based chili and melty cheese for a tasty indulgence.
Recipe type: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
  • *for the chili*
  • ¼ cup chopped white onion
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ 15oz can of bean trio (you could also just use pinto or kidney beans)
  • 4oz tempeh, crumbled
  • 1 15oz can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • *to assemble*
  • hot dog buns
  • vegan hot dogs
  • vegan cheddar cheese shreds (I recommend Follow Your Heart)
  1. First, prepare the chili. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add in the all the chopped vegetables, and cook until softened and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  3. Next, stir in the crumbled tempeh and the beans, followed by the crushed tomatoes and ½ the can's worth of water.
  4. Finally, add in all of the seasonings. Stir everything to combine, lower heat to a simmer, and cover.
  5. Allow chili to cook for at least 45 min-1 hr, stirring occasionally. Add more salt or seasoning to taste.
  6. When ready to serve, cook your hot dogs on the grill or in a pan (I used my cast iron skillet). I have found that vegan hot dogs are not very fatty, and tend to cook better with some oil added.
  7. To assemble, place your hot dog buns on an oven safe pan. Place a hot dog in each bun, and top with some of the prepared chili. Sprinkle the vegan cheddar on top. Place the pan of chili cheese dogs under the broiler in the oven for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese, then enjoy!
Recipe by The Baking Fairy at