Veggie Carrot Hot Dogs

Veggie Carrot Hot Dogs

Veggie Carrot

Let me be Frank with you….these Hot Veggie Dogs are good! ( do you see what I did there? My oldest son, who enjoys a good PUN would be so proud).

Seriously, these are stinking amazing!


There have only been a few times that a new food concept had me intrigued (like when meringue was being made from aquafaba – the liquid from canned chickpeas) and this is one of those times.  Let me explain.

As a kid growing up, I never was a fan of burgers. I remember on the rare occasion that we went to a restaurant, I only wanted a hot dog, NEVER a burger.  I always thought burgers were kinda gross, little did I know that hot dogs are kinda gross too! Regardless of what I knew back then in my youth, it was my dinner of choice during a birthday celebration.  Something about chili from a can and grilled dogs was all this small town girl needed to ring in the next year of life.

Now, now, don’t judge! I cannot be held responsible for what I did not know.  For me, it wasn’t until high school that people started talking about all the animal parts a hot dog was actually made from, and it wasn’t until I started studying nutrition, that I learned of all the health risks that came with processed foods like hot dogs.  In case you’re wondering what those all are & if you are a visual learner like me, I put this together for you…

Whats in your dog

Gross, right?

But I know what you’re thinking…so, what are my options, because Summer is coming and so are the BBQ’s? For many steering away from animal products, veggie or tofu dogs are the next best alternative.  And although they are cruelty free and do not contain all the above body parts or risks, there are some who would rather stay clear of anything processed, which I completely understand! There are others who need to stay away from Soy, and if that is the case, then tofu dogs just won’t cut it for you.  Some alternative meat products also contain nuts, which again, is another “no-no” for anyone with a nut allergy.

Can you see why I’m excited about this Carrot Dog? It’s real food, not processed, allergy safe, cruelty free & really tastes soooo good.

Here’s how you make them!

Cook your peeled carrots in boiling water until fork tender, then let them sit overnight in a marinade (basically vinegar, tamari & seasonings). Be sure to use Coconut Aminos if keeping it soy free since the others sauces still contain soy.

Carrot Marinade

After they’ve marinated overnight, either cook on a frying pan or toss on your BBQ.

Carrots seared

Pan seared carrots

Eat as is (you’ve never had carrots like this before) OR place in a bun of choosing & add your favorite toppings.  We all know that’s the best part of a hot dog anyways.  Do you like yours with Mustard, Ketchup & Relish?

Veggie Carrot Dogs

Or, do you like to add a lot more to it? Maybe diced onions & sauerkraut is your thing?

Kraut Carrot Dogs

It’s all good, no matter what way you choose to dress it up! Just remember to invite me over when you decide to make these :).

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Veggie Carrot Hot Dogs

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Crazy good Veggie Carrot Dogs. Real Food, real easy. These are the best veggie dogs around.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 C. Filtered water or Vegetable Broth
  • 1/4 C. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TB. Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Aminos, Tamari, Soy Sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 6-8 carrots, peeled, skinny end trimmed off to fit Bun
  • 8 Hot dog buns or choosing (Gluten free, homemade, whole wheat or even tortilla wraps)
  • Toppings of Choice:
  • Ketchup, mustard, pickles, sauerkraut, diced onions, chili, etc.

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat water to boiling. Add carrots & cook until fork tender (8-10 minutes).
  2. While the carrots are boiling, combine broth (or water), ACV,sesame oil, tamari, and spices in a large, ziplock bag. Set aside.
  3. Remove carrots from water and rinse under cold water. Then add to bag with marinade.
  4. Let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
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  6. PAN COOK:
  7. Add to frying pan, a drizzle of marinade and heat through, 8-10 minutes. Be sure to turn carrots so they are evenly cooked. Add a little bit of marinade to pan while cooking if needed.
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  9. BBQ:
  10. Toss carrots on lightly sprayed grill and heat through, making sure to turn occasionally so they do not burn.
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  12. OVEN BAKE: Don't want to wait overnight? Then follow these steps....
  13. In a saucepan, heat marinade and allow to simmer a few minutes.
  14. Place peeled and sized carrots with a drizzle of oil in a casserole pan.
  15. Pour marinade over carrots, cover with foil and let sit 30-60 minutes.
  16. Heat oven to 425°.
  17. Place carrots with marinade, still covered in foil in the oven and roast approximately 20 minutes.
  18. You still want these to be fork tender, NOT MUSHY.
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  20. Place carrot dog in hot dog bun and add toppings of your choice.

Courses Entree

Cuisine Vegan & Gluten Free

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35 Comments
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    Posted at 06:11h, 13 March Reply

    Ah yes!!! Carrot dogs are a summer essential here! They are just too fun!

  • Ginny McMeans
    Posted at 19:03h, 14 March Reply

    How absolutely fun! I love your recipe for making this a great sandwich. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks so much!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:10h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks Ginny. Hopefully the weather will warm up and you’ll be able to make a bunch of these soon on the grill.

  • Kelly @ TastingPage
    Posted at 18:10h, 15 March Reply

    What a cute, and much more delicious, way to get your hot dog fix. I love it!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:12h, 21 March Reply

      And so much better for you too.

  • Natalie Freed
    Posted at 19:07h, 15 March Reply

    I am totally intrigued too! I haven’t tried a carrot dog yet. I just can’t imagine…clearly I need to try this!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:08h, 21 March Reply

      I hope you do, and I’d love to hear back what you thought.

  • Tish
    Posted at 01:04h, 16 March Reply

    I’ve been hearing talk about carrot hot dogs but never new how to make them. This looks like a great recipe to try.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:08h, 21 March Reply

      Super easy and if you’re short on time and don’t want to marinade overnight, then be sure to follow the oven method.

  • Theresa
    Posted at 02:59h, 16 March Reply

    What a cool idea

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:07h, 21 March Reply

      Isn’t it fun?!

  • The Vegan 8
    Posted at 03:06h, 16 March Reply

    I’ve made carrot dogs before too, very similar version to this, but as much as I enjoyed them, my hubby was not a fan, lol! I loved the flavor of them and your shots have my mouth watering! I would love one right now!

  • Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes
    Posted at 04:46h, 16 March Reply

    This is such a brilliant idea! I think my kids would love this! Pinning!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:05h, 21 March Reply

      I’d love to hear what your kids think. My 2 who like tofu dogs, really liked these.

  • Aimee / Wallflower Girl's Kitchen
    Posted at 05:05h, 16 March Reply

    I have been hearing so many great things about this carrot hot dog craze, can’t wait to try it myself! I’ll definitely refer back to this recipe 😀

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:04h, 21 March Reply

      It’s a fun little spin for sure!

  • Uma @Simple Sumptuous Cooking
    Posted at 10:28h, 16 March Reply

    Nice and great Idea. Totally love it! That carrot looks awesome in between bread:)

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:03h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks Uma! Tastes great between bread too.

  • Linda @ Veganosity
    Posted at 11:18h, 16 March Reply

    I can’t believe that I haven’t made these yet. The first time I saw a carrot dog I had to look several times to make sure that it wasn’t a real hot dog. These look so much better, and are clearly much better for you.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:03h, 21 March Reply

      I was like you, I saw them in a photo a while back and had to take a double-look. If you peel the ends more in a rounded shape, they’d resemble it even more.

  • Mel@avirtualvegan.com
    Posted at 00:01h, 17 March Reply

    i have yet to try a carrot dog but this recipe and those photos makes me want one now!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:00h, 21 March Reply

      I do hope you try it. I love the flavoring, even without the bun.

  • Tamme
    Posted at 11:00h, 13 May Reply

    Do these have a cooked carrot flavor? I love raw carrots but not cooked ones, but I’ve been trying to find a replacement for hot dogs and can’t deal with the weird taste that veggie dogs have. Thank you for posting!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 16:51h, 13 May Reply

      Tamme,

      No, these don’t taste like cooked carrots. Once they’ve absorbed all the flavoring, it carries that taste. Plus, when you add the toppings, its golden! I’d love to hear what you think.

      • Tamme
        Posted at 11:20h, 14 May Reply

        Thank you for responding 🙂 I will be making these very soon, my neighbors are having a cookout tomorrow, so I’ll probably let you know tomorrow night 🙂 So glad I have a tasty rebuttal for their comment of “Oh you can just eat the meat we’re making, you don’t have to be vegan ALL the time”

        • Tamme
          Posted at 13:06h, 23 May Reply

          Cookout was cancelled so I ended up making them later than intended, but YUM! I will probably always have a batch of these in my fridge 🙂

          • nicoleanndawson
            Posted at 17:51h, 23 May

            I love it Tamme! Thanks for keeping me posted on it, I was just thinking about this the other day when I heated up the bbq :). So glad you enjoyed them!

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  • Carol
    Posted at 10:57h, 25 May Reply

    Just wanted to point out that these aren’t soy free as your picture states they are.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 13:11h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you for pointing that out. I only forgot to include the option of Coconut Aminos which is soy free to use in place of the Tamari. I went back and made that change 🙂

  • Barbara
    Posted at 18:53h, 18 June Reply

    These are absolutely amazing! I’ve been making carrot dogs since my college days in the 70s, and never thought to marinate. Followed the recipe to a T and grilled on the stove. The 24 hour marinade creates such a deep intense flavor. I would serve these marinated carrots as a side dish or with some other veggies over rice. This is a real keeper. Thank you!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 13:04h, 23 June Reply

      Barbara, I am so glad that you enjoyed these carrot dogs. I agree, eating as is, is just as wonderful but over rice sounds pretty amazing too! I’ll have to do that next time (or when grilling season comes to a close).

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  • Gloria
    Posted at 17:50h, 06 September Reply

    Very, very tasty and satisfying!

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