Monday, October 20, 2008

Chili Dogs

Sometimes I crave the weirdest things . . . like chili dogs. It's not like I ever ate chili dogs before I was a vegan, but for some reason they have been in my head all day. I looked up a recipe for Skyline chili (I never ate there either when I lived in Ohio) and assembled these paragons of culinary achievement. I had every intention of topping these babies with grated Tofutti cheese, but we were out. Oh well. Next time.

INGREDIENTS
Makes enough chili for 12 chili dogs
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 small can tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup TVP
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder (or more to taste)
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

METHOD
1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic for 7-10 mins, until soft and translucent. Add tomato paste and water and mix well. Bring to bubbling and add TVP and remaining ingredients. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 mins, until TVP is soft. Add a few splashes of water if chili gets too dry.
2. Serve over veggie dogs topped with the condiments of your choice.

Also, Earth Balance sent me 2 jars of their new peanut butter! I will write a review real soon. Stay posted!

28 comments:

Jodie said...

Those look SO good!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Love your chili dogs! I just saw this Earth Balance Peanut Butter at the store today. I was very excited because it is made with agave. Can't wait to see your review.

By the way, we once again had your Cream of Broccoli soup. DH hate cooked broccoli, but loves your soup. Thanks!

Jamie said...

What's your favorite veggie hot dog brand? I haven't found any that i really like. Do you boil or grill them?

Alicia said...

I find this happens to me all the time. There are so many things I never wanted before I was vegan and all of a sudden I want the vegan version like a Reuben, the thought of one before I was vegan was disgusting but now I love them.

Bianca said...

Oh, I love chili dogs! My grandma has a family Halloween party every year and we always have chili dogs. Of course, I get a veggie dog with canned vegan chili with everyone else eats meat chili on meat dogs...but it's still fun sharing a light-hearted meal with my family.

Jeffrey said...

Thank you for veganizing this recipe! I've been craving Skyline for quite some time now.

Virginia said...

oooh now i am craving chili dogs....and peanut butter...but not together obviously! simple and classic "junk food".

Candice said...

They look so delicious! What kind of "dog" did you use? I'm still looking for a really good veggie dog.

I just discovered your blog, and I love it!!

Candice

carrie said...

Vegan Chili Dogs ROCK!!!! I never ever ate chili dogs before I was vegetarian, but have made and enjoyed them several times since going veg. Not exactly healthy, and with the sh*ty week I've been having so far, they may be just what I need!!!

Claire said...

Perfect- I had been craving A&W chili dogs with onions for a couple months, but never got around to fufilling that craving. And now I can try it with Cincinnati-style chili and use up that TVP hanging around in the pantry.

sherriet said...

Great minds think alike - we had chili dogs last night, too.

I just gave you an award!

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Yum!

Susan G said...

They look great. What brand dogs do you use? I haven't found one I like yet.

Susan

Laura said...

oh i've been looking for something, anything, to approximate the taste of my beloved Skyline. I haven't had it in over a year since I went vegan but I have actually missed it a lot. I can't wait to make this :) thanks VeganDad!

Vegan Dad said...

To all who asked,
I use the Yves Veggie Dogs. They are not great, but they are what is available around here for a good price. I usually boil them to heat them up. In the case of the chili dogs, they provide the right texture and taste.

As for the Skyline chili, I have never had it so I am not sure this recipe tastes like it. There are several copycat recipes out there, so I just went with those.

christinasveganversion said...

i just have to say it here, this blog has inspired me to try cooking! ever since i've become vegan (almost a year! i'm totally having a celebration for myself) i've loved to bake but seeing how you are able to cook easy foods without fancy schmancy toppings or crazy ingredients, i realize that i can do it just as easily. my fav recipe is your faux mac 'n cheese -- thanks so much!!!

Brittney said...

I've never had a chili dog, but those look really tasty!!

Kim and Dean said...

These look so good! I have been craving these also.

Kelly said...

Those look really close to the real thing. Yum. I am always jealous when bloggers get fun presents. That peanut butter looks amazing and if I am making out the fine print correctly it sounds like it includes flax seeds. Bonus!

JohnP said...

The next time my nieces want "hot dog dinner" this is what they are getting!

allularpunk said...

chili dogs are soo good.

shelby said...

I've never had chili dogs as an omni but those vegan ones look delicious!

Vegan Dad said...

sherriet,

Thanks!

Molly said...

Love it! I added a chopped chipotle pepper in sauce, two cans of diced green chiles, a can of kidney beans and a a can of pinto beans, and a few diced potatoes. Just add some extra water (veggie broth) and prepare to cook the chili longer to allow for the potatoes to cook. Thanks for the recipe!

leslie said...

yum! i crave chili dogs sometimes too...strange because i never liked their non-vegan counterparts...

Dazy said...

They sound scrumptious and healthy too! Always a winner as far as I'm concerned :) Keeps me pushing to the dining.

ChadCramblet said...

Made these for dinner tonight because I was craving chili dogs and didn't just want to put canned chili over top. These definitely hit the spot and were absolutely delicious! Thanks, sir!

Lauren Merriam said...

I'm late to the party but I made these a few days ago. The chili tasted a little too sweet for a chili dog, almost like a sloppy joe. Next time I think I'll leave out the ketchup and add some more heat!