Chili Cheese Dogs

A superb Chili Cheese Dog made healthier with plant-based beef. A delish comfort meal perfect for game days, home-cooked dinners, or a new recipe to add to your plate!

  • 10 min

  • 60 min

  • 70 min

    Total time
  • 7

  • Moderate

  • 20


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Foodservice Recipe


  • 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup red bell peppers, diced
  • ½ cup green bell peppers, diced
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1⅔ cups (1- 15 ounce can) kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 8 ounce Hungry Planet Beef™ Plant-Based GroundBuy Now
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup (7.5 ounce) canned diced tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup (3 ounce) tomato paste
  • 8 plant-based hot dogs, used Lightlife Smart Dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 16 ounce vegan cheddar cheese
  • * Please use whatever products you have in your kitchen; plant-based ingredients are just what we have in ours.


  • Step 1.

    Make the chili. Heat ½ of the vegetable oil in a suitable size pot over medium heat. Add celery, red and green peppers, and ½ fresh garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.

  • Step 2.

    Add the red kidney beans and water. Stir in ½ garlic powder and ½ chili powder. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Step 3.

    Heat the remaining oil in a hot skillet. Add the Hungry Planet Beef™ in medium size chunks. Add the onions, the rest of the fresh garlic, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4.

    Cook the beef on high heat until brown and onions are translucent, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, stir, and add to the vegetable pot.

  • Step 5.

    Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, stir to incorporate. Add the rest of the chili powder and garlic powder. Let simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Step 6.

    Cook the hot dogs. Heat a nonstick pan or grill over medium-high heat. Sear the hot dogs, turning occasionally, until fully cooked and multiple sides are browned.

  • Step 7.

    Assemble the chili cheese dogs. Arrange hot dog buns on a baking sheet and insert the cooked hot dogs. Place a small amount of cheddar cheese on top, smother with the prepared chili, and top with more cheddar cheese. Bake in the hot oven until everything is warmed through and the cheese has melted.

  • Step 8.

    Using a spatula, transfer the chili cheese dogs to plates. Serve immediately.

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