Happy National Chili Dog Day. And no, you are not left out if you are a vegan. We can “veganize” just about anything.
First, I will give you the simplest way possible. Heat up a can of Hormel vegetarian chili (which is also vegan), cook vegan hot dogs according to package directions, put them on hot dog buns and garnish with the toppings of your choice using a vegan cheese such as Daiya.
You can up the stakes a bit by making your own chili.
The recipe I use is from Peta’s website. It’s called Cincinnati Chili. I love the flavor of this chili especially for chili dogs. It freezes well.
Tip: Veggie burger crumbles get spongy when repeatedly reheated. So I store mine in individual serving size freezer bags.
1 onion, chopped
1 12-oz. pkg. frozen veggie burger crumbles
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
• Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onions until tender. Mix in the veggie burger crumbles and garlic and cook until the crumbles are no longer frozen.
• Stir in the tomato sauce, water, vinegar, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, allspice, light brown sugar, cocoa, and hot sauce.
• Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until thickened.
Insofar as the dogs, I buy whatever brand is available at the supermarket I happen to be in. They are typically soy based but don’t worry. They have the usual spices so you will detect no difference in taste. They are easy to digest and the texture is just right too. Heat according to package directions.
ASSEMBLING YOUR CHILI DOGS
I don’t really have to explain this do I? But who knows someone may happen upon this who doesn’t know what a chili dog is (smile).
Open a hot dog bun and place it on a plate. Place a vegan hot dog cooked according to package directions on the open bun. Ladle hot chili onto the hot dog. Garnish to taste. Oddly I don’t care for cheese on my chili dog. I like mustard, a bit of relish and chopped onion.
I have made these for outdoor parties. Young and old love them and surprised that they are vegan.
ANOTHER QUICK OPTION
Here is another way to make vegan chili dogs that is just about as fast as the Hormel option. Jump over to the Vegan Chowhound for their recipe. By the way, that’s their chili dog image at the top of this page.
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