Vegan Carrot “Hot Dogs” Smothered in Cheesy Bean & Lentil Chili
Did you know that the coney dog started here in Michigan? You might be even more surprised to learn that there are 3 different Coney Islands here in Michigan that claim to have invented the Coney Dog.
The original coney dog is full of meat.; a jumbo Michigan made hot dog covered in a tomato based meat sauce with cheddar cheese and onions. Needless to say, you have to make some major substitutions to create a vegan/vegetarian coney dog.
Start by combining 1 ½ cups of beans, 2 cups of cooked lentils, 1 cups of tomato sauce, and a ½ cup of minced mushrooms in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add in your seasonings and continue to cook the mixture until it thickens up. Add in 3 oz of sharp cheddar cheese and remove the mixture from heat. If you want to turn these Coney-Style Michigan Dogs vegan, leave off the cheese and add some nutritional yeast to the chili.
Fry up your “hot dogs” and top them with a generous portion of chili. Since I’m not a big fan of the traditional onion topping, I added mashed avocado instead. Whatever your favorite toppings are, add them and enjoy!
Store carrot dogs and vegan chili in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Coney-Style Michigan Dogs
1 batch of Carrot Dogs
Hot Dog Buns
Mashed Avocado (optional)
Goat Cheese (optional)
1 cup of dry lentils
2 cups of vegetable broth
1.5 cups beans (or 1 can)
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp garlic
1 tbsp tamari
½ cup minced mushrooms
3 oz sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
Boil 1 lb of carrots in vegetable broth for 8 minutes. Once done, drain the carrots and add them to your marinate to soak while the chili cooks. Start the chili by combining all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan to simmer for 15 minutes. Allow the chili to thicken up and the flavors to combine.
Next, grill up the dogs or fry them in a pan on the stove and brush extra marinade on them as needed. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. You want them to still be crisp when you bite into them and over cooking them will result in mushy dogs. Once the dogs are done, assemble your Coney Dogs with buns and your favorite toppings. I loaded mine up with cheddar cheese in the chili, goat cheese on the bun and mashed avocado. Oh- and of course, ketchup and mustard!
Nutriton facts include carrot dog, 1/3 cup of chili, and a whole wheat hot dog bun but does not include toppings. One Coney Dog = One Serving.
Hi! I'm Lacie, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach turned Food Blogger. Welcome to The Vegetarian LunchBox where I celebrate my passion for vegetarian cooking.