Vegan Chili Dog Recipe with Cheese

This delicious Vegan Chili Dog recipe features a vegan hot dog in a bun, topped with veggie chili and vegan cheese! Vegan chili dogs are easy to make and are so delicious and filling!

A vegan chili dog has a bowl of cheese and a bowl of chili behind it.

We sat at the Dreamy Weenie restaurant on the outskirts of the French Quarter anxiously awaiting our meal to arrive. It’s not every day we get to order a Vegan Hotdog with Veggie Black Bean Canjun Chili, Vegan Cheese, and a Sweet Pepper Relish.

This was going to be good and we knew it. After it arrived the only thing we could say was thank goodness we agreed ahead of time to split one, because it was a large meal, especially when accompanied with curly fries. It was all worth the wait. Delicious from the first bite. I don’t want to have to wait to go back to New Orleans for another one of these so that left me trying to recreate my own. And that’s exactly what I did.

What are Vegan Chili Dogs?

It isn’t hard to make vegan hot dog chili and cheese! First, I put together a Vegan Cajun Chili with black beans. Super easy. Rather than take the time to put together a sweet pepper relish, I created a Sweet Red Pepper Aioli. It was perfect!

Since hotdogs are something you typically eat at the ball park, then let’s just say this one is a grand slam. And, now I can even find hot dogs vegan at Costco!

A vegan chili dog has cheese on top. There's another one behind it along with a bowl of chili.

That makes every vegetarian hot dog chili-infused bite even better!

How to Make Vegan Chili Cheese Dog

It’s easy to make this meatless hot dog chili cheese sauce recipe! Begin with placing a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and warm up to medium heat. Place the hotdogs in the skillet and cook until the sides are browned, turning so each side is cooked. Place in an oven on low to stay warm.

A hand holds tongs, turning vegan hot dogs in a skillet.

While the skillet is still hot, pour another tablespoon of olive oil and place hotdog buns (or brat buns) face down to brown the insides of the buns. Rub the buns around in the oil and cook each one for a few minutes until toasted. Set aside.

Place a warmed hotdog in each toasted bun. Top with vegan chili and vegan cheese. Place the hotdogs back in the skillet, making sure the heat is set to low. Place a lid over the skillet and leave them there for about 5 minutes to allow the steam to melt the cheese. If you’re in a hurry (like I usually am), go ahead and put them on a plate and microwave for a minute or so.

Top with Sweet Pepper Aioli and serve warm.

Looking down on two vegan hot dogs topped with chili and cheese. There are potato chips sitting by both.

Vegan Chili

Place the oil and chopped onions in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the onions are translucent.

Add all the remaining ingredients, stir well, and cook over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Give it another stir and then allow it to cook until some of the liquid has cooked out and you’re left with a nice, thick chili.

You’ll notice I used black beans. That’s because black bean hot dogs are so good!

If you’re in a hurry, use my easy vegan chili recipe!

Eating Vegan Hot Dogs

We were poor when I was a kid. And that means we ate a lot of hotdogs. And they probably were the extra unhealthy, super cheap kind.

I ate hotdogs boiled. Had them sliced down the middle and fried. I even ate them cold; the slimy surface leaving behind a coating in my mouth.

Now as an adult I think about the kinds of things I ate as a child. And I think about what ingredients we now know are in those cheap hotdogs. And I cringe.

Today I eat hotdogs made from soy. My hubby and I tease about what parts of the tofu bean is used to create these veggie hotdogs. Could it be soy lips? Soy intestines? Who knows what else?

And we laugh. There’s no part of a soybean that we are particularly disgusted at eating. So today I can eat my veggie hot dog boiled. Or I can fry it in a pan. Or I can even eat it cold, straight from the fridge. It doesn’t leave that fatty coating in my mouth and I’m ok with that. Completely.

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A vegan chili dog on a bun with vegan cheese on top.

Vegan Chili Cheese Dogs

These savory Vegan Chili Cheese Dogs are vegan comfort food to the max! Enjoy this indulgent vegan dinner recipe regularly!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Chili Cheese Dogs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 570kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 4 veggie hotdogs
  • 4 hotdog buns I used brat buns since we had a hard time finding dairy-free hot dog buns…go figure!
  • 1 cup vegan cheese

Vegan Chili

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion , peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , peeled and chopped
  • 15 ounce can of black beans , rinsed and drained (or kidney beans)
  • 1 cup veggie crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 15 ounce can petite stewed tomatoes

Instructions

  • Place a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and warm up to medium heat. Place the hotdogs in the skillet and cook until the sides are browned, turning so each side is cooked. Place in an oven on low to stay warm.
  • While the skillet is still hot, pour another tablespoon of olive oil and place hotdog buns (or brat buns) face down to brown the insides of the buns. Rub the buns around in the oil and cook each one for a few minutes until toasted. Set aside.
  • Place a warmed hotdog in each toasted bun. Top with vegan chili and vegan cheese. Place the hotdogs back in the skillet, making sure the heat is set to low. Place a lid over the skillet and leave them there for about 5 minutes to allow the steam to melt the cheese. If you’re in a hurry (like I usually am), go ahead and put them on a plate and microwave for a minute or so.
  • Top with Sweet Pepper Aioli and serve warm.

Vegan Chili

  • Place the oil and chopped onions in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients, stir well, and cook over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Give it another stir and then allow it to cook until some of the liquid has cooked out and you’re left with a nice, thick chili.

Notes

To add an optional Bell Pepper Aioli:
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. It will be runny at first, but give it a minute or two and it will thicken.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chili Cheese Dogs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1213mg51%
Potassium 966mg28%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 17g68%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1369IU27%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Vegan Chili Dog Recipe with Cheese

  1. Yum. I love chilli cheese dogs. I usually buy organic ‘chevups’ (skinless 100% beef sausages, no lips!) from our butcher to make them but the idea of soy dogs does sound somewhat beneficial… I love your statement about not getting a ‘fatty coating’ in your mouth (hate that!). Is your hubby vegan also? My husband is slowly coming around to my veggie meals but he still loves his meat 🙂

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