If you love a good chili cheese dog, you’ll really love these easy vegan Baked Hot Dogs recipe. That’s because it’s a meat-free hot dog, in a bun, and loaded with chili, chopped green onions, and lots of vegan cheese on top. It’s a perfect meatless Monday recipe!
I once asked my niece after her birthday if she was excited to now be five years old and heading for kindergarten. Her response? “Oh, you just go to kindergarten, grow old and die.” Wise words from one so young. Hopefully, we can fill up that time “growing old” with some interesting days. Sure, we all define “interesting” differently, but for me good food definitely has to be a part of it. Although hot dogs probably won’t show up on the menu at your local four-star restaurant, they can be a part of a foodie’s diet, especially when we’re talking about these Vegan Baked Hot Dogs.
You may be putting the pieces together and starting to realize the reason behind my hankering for vegan hot dog buns last week. Someone even wrote on my facebook page asking why I needed vegan hot dog buns when the thing that goes inside is usually meat-based. It kind of goes against whole vegan grain of things.
The thing is, I stumbled on some vegan hot dogs recently. I’ve always been kind of clumsy that way. It’s why my sisters used to call me Twinkle Toes when I was a kid. Between you and me, sometimes I wonder if they don’t call me that behind my back today.
But I digress.
How to Make Vegan Baked Hot Dogs
I love easy vegan recipes like this one. I think you will too!
It’s pretty easy to make these vegan baked hot dogs. Here are the ingredients:
- dairy-free hot dog buns
- vegan mayo (I use Just Mayo)
- vegan hot dogs (I buy these at Sprouts or Natural Grocers)
- vegetarian chili (My favorite is Amy’s which also happens to be vegan)
- vegan cheddar shreds
- sliced green onions
See? I told you this was easy! You’ll want a 9X13 casserole dish and it can be quite a squeeze to get them all in together. I found it best to place 6 of them horizontally in the baking dish and two end-to-end vertically. Like this photo shows.
Spread a little vegan mayo in each bun and then place a vegan hotdog in each bun. Then arrange them in the casserole dish.
Cover each vegan hot dog with the vegetarian chili, chopped onions, and top with vegan cheddar shreds. I like to cover the dish with foil for the first part of the baking, to encourage the vegan cheddar shreds to melt.
Then carefully remove the foil (using tongs helps), turn up the heat in the oven and bake for a few more minutes. This helps the buns get nice and toasty.
What to Serve with Baked Hot Dogs
There are plenty of things you can serve with vegan baked hot dogs, like, of course, potato chips. However, if you’re hoping for something heartier (and healthier), you could make a batch of air fryer french fries. Or how about some baked sweet potato tater tots?
Of course, I’m a big fan of salads. My vegan pumpkin harvest salad would go perfectly on the plate next to these baked hot dogs!
Looking for something different? Try these Vegan Hot Dogs with four different toppings!
Simple, delicious, comfort food — definitely part of what I hope to be many more interesting days to come.
I hope you love this recipe for vegan baked hot dogs! Give it a try and snap a photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Baked Hot Dogs
- 8 hot dog buns dairy-free
- 8 vegan hot dogs
- ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
- 15 oz can vegetarian chili (these are usually vegan too, but check the can to be sure)
- 1 cup vegan cheddar shreds
- 3 – 4 green onions , chopped
- Other ingredients as desired , such as mustard or relish
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Spread about a tablespoon of vegan mayo across the insides of each of the hot dog buns. Place a vegan hot dog in each prepared bun and place in a 9X13 baking pan. You should be able to get 6 arranged horizontally and two end-to-end vertically.
- Spoon the chili on top of each hot dog, distributing it equally. Sprinkle the vegan cheddar shreds over the top, followed by the chopped onions.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Use tongs to remove the foil and turn the heat up to 400F and bake for another 15 minutes, until the edges of the buns are toasted and the cheese has melted.
- Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
- Store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. This can be frozen. Simply allow the hot dogs to cool before transferring to a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, cook in the microwave for about a minute, until heated through. Transfer to a toaster oven and cook for a minute or two, until the buns are toasty.
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