Recipe Plant-Based Lentil Chili Dog

Try this healthier, fast and easy, protein-packed, high-fibre veggie dog twist on a ballpark and BBQ classic!

July 28, 2023

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Silver Hills Bakery

Introducing our delectable vegan Lentil Chili Dog, a nutritious plant-based twist on a ballpark favourite. We’ve taken this classic dish to the next level by incorporating fresh sprouts and shoots, adding a burst of flavour and a satisfying crunch to every bite.

This nutritious veggie dog features two incredible powerhouses: the Silver Hills Bakery Organic Sprouted Hot Dog Buns and a savoury lentil chili topping. With both bursting with plant-based protein and fibre, this dynamic duo of lentils and sprouted whole grains creates a satisfying meal that will help keep you and your loved ones going for hours.

Beans vs. Lentils: A Simple Swap with Surprising Benefits

What really sets this chili apart is the clever use of lentils instead of beans. Not only are lentils a budget-friendly option, but they also cook in record time (under 30 minutes). And it’s not just about convenience— both lentils and sprouted bread are low on antinutrients like phytates. So, say goodbye to the bloating and discomfort that sometimes accompanies beans and hello to a fantastic boost of micronutrients with every bite.

And hey, we get it—time is precious, especially on your busiest weeknights. So, here’s a pro tip to make things even faster: double or triple tonight’s batch. Freeze it in one-meal portions, and whenever you’re in need of a quick and wholesome meal, simply defrost and reheat. Voilà! In less than 15 minutes, you’ll have another satisfying plant-based dinner ready to enjoy.

So, whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or simply looking to indulge in a nutritious meal, Pin this recipe to your must-make Pinterest board so it’s ready when you are!

Recipe Details

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For the Lentil Chili:

  • 1 cup red lentils , rinsed well
  • 1 cup green lentils , rinsed well
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 bell pepper (red or green) , diced
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jar (650ml) tomato sauce (2 ¾ – 3 cups)
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar) , or to taste
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (we used The Wizards)
  • 3 – 4 tsp chili powder , or more to taste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (or substitute 1 tsp chipotle powder or 1 tsp additional cumin)
  • to taste salt and pepper

For the Lentil Chili Dogs:


For the Lentil Chili:

  1. Start by cooking the lentils. Combine the lentils and broth in a pot and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 18 – 20 minutes. (If you plan to toast your buns in the oven, preheat it to 350℉ now. If you have a toaster oven, skip and toast when you get to step 1 of the next section.)
  3. While the lentils simmer, chop onions, garlic and peppers. (See tip below)
  4. In a large saucepan, sauté the onions, garlic, and bell pepper in oil until tender. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. To the sautéed mixture, stir in the tomato sauce, sugar, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. Once the lentils are tender, drain any extra liquid. Then, add the lentils to the sautéed mixture and cook on med-low heat until thick (5 – 10 minutes)

For the Lentil Chili Dogs:

  1. While the lentil chili simmers, toast your buns. Split the buns (or toast) open-face up on a baking sheet in the oven (or in a toaster oven) until golden brown. (Watch closely so they don’t burn!)
  2. Cook the veggie dogs on the barbecue or follow the instructions on the package.
  3. To serve, place hot veggie dogs on toasted buns, spoon lentil chili over top, and add your favourite toppings or condiments. (Optional) Top the veggie dogs with alfalfa sprouts and pea shoots for a delicious crunch

Try these handy tips!

  • The smaller and more consistent you dice your onions and bell peppers, the faster they will cook. (And if you have veggie-skeptical kids, smaller pieces are easier to sneak in!)
  • Our Vegan Lentil Chili Dog is a great make-ahead meal. Store in the fridge for 4 – 5 days, or in the freezer for up to six months.
  • This lentil chili is only one deliciously satisfying way to top a tasty hot dog. For more healthy hot dog topping inspiration, check out our collection of family-favourite plant-based hot dog toppings here. 

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