Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chili Cheese Dogs

This is strictly an old-fashioned, stick-to-your-ribs comfort meal.  I'm not promoting health benefits with this one, just guiltily happy taste buds.  Besides making a very simple chili, there is just a matter of opening up packages and doing minimal prep work to achieve this fun dinner.  Enjoy!

Chili Cheese Dogs


For the chili:
1 Tbs. canola oil
1 pkg. SmartGround
1 29oz. can pinto beans, drained
1 29oz. can diced tomatoes
1 packet of chili seasoning mix (found in the spice section)

2 pkgs. SmartDogs
2 pkgs. favorite hot dogs buns
1 pkg. Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet cheese, cheddar style, finely grated


In a medium pot, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the soy ground and cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the remaining chili ingredients, and cook over medium low heat for another twenty minutes, until all the flavors are blended.  Meanwhile while the chili is cooking, fill another medium pot two-thirds full with water.  Bring to a boil.  Remove the hot dogs from their packaging and place in the boiling water.  Remove the pot from the heat, and let the hot dogs sit in the water for two minutes.  When chili is ready, gather your hot dog buns.  Slide a dog in the bun, top with spoonfuls of chili and sprinkle liberally with cheese.  (You can omit the cheese for simple chili dogs, if you wish.)  A hit with the whole family!  Feeds five hungry vegans.  Slurp.


  1. Mike had a chili cheese dog at a vegan restaurant on one of our trips to Tucson & he was in heaven. I'll have to show him this. He's love it!

  2. stick to your ribs food sounds good to me, especially with the new chill in the air...this is perfection :)

  3. It's nice to make a meal like this every once in a while. We had our own little package fest when we tried out our new grill tonight.

  4. Sounds like comfort food at its vegan best!

  5. Molly, he'd find this so easy to make.

    Monkey Man, I agree. With the coming cold weather, this would hit the spot even more.

    Erin, thanks! :-)

    Andrea, you? Somehow, I can't imagine you chompin' down on a hot dog.

    Diane, you bet!

  6. This looks incredible. So you boil, the dogs, eh? I've never found a good/easy way to heat vegan pups.

  7. FF, you don't really boil them. You put them in the water and then remove them from the heat. Let them sit for a couple of minutes, and they're good to go.

  8. Mr. SV is a Tofu Dog boiler. I'm a Tofu Dog baker.

    Anyway, can't believe you've never posted this 'recipe' before. What else do you have in the hopper for us?!

  9. I'm definitely a hot dog baker/broiler. I think boiling them makes me think of my mom boiling them when I was young, and I already have a hard enough time eating them as it is (because they're so similar to the original). But I'd eat almost anything vegan with chili on it. My kids would eat soy dogs any day of the week.

  10. S.V., It's amazing with such stark differences how you two are even married!

    Jenny, I just follow the package directions. Two of my kids are dog lovers and one has to take them in moderation.

  11. Oh this looks so good; my mouth is watering. Have you ever tried putting pickles on your hot dog buns? I tried it this week, and they were really good.

  12. I haven't ever put pickles on by themselves, but I use pickle relish on hot dogs and like it.

  13. it all looks so good. I wish I could eat bread & cheese again but the yeast in both products does not allow me too (allergies). keep making these great foods they are and look so scrumptious.

  14. Old fashioned, stick to your ribs, comfort food is pretty much my favourite kind - chilli dogs are now on my to-cook list. Gorgeous!

  15. I never put beans with veggie dogs... but it makes sense :-)


  16. You've just given me an idea of what to eat while watching the football games this Saturday. Thanks. I love chili cheese dogs.

  17. Comfort food at its finest! I have some soy hot dogs and buns in the fridge, now I have to go out and buy the rest of the ingredients :)

  18. sure miss ya BM...hope everything is okay.

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  20. This sounds great!! I made some for the girls a few months ago and that was the first ones I made om gosh in...well years. I love them. We make frito pie alot here. I had just heard about it last year and om goodness do we love it!
    I love the picture, it was awesome!

  21. Thank you, everyone, for your comments. I'm sorry I haven't been on to reply to them. In my post that I'll be creating in a few minutes, I'll explain why. :-)