Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 20 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 carrot dog)

It’s no coincidence that the words “vegan” and “vegetables” share a root. We've embellished the humble carrot to mimic the smoky taste and snappy texture of a hot dog. But the magic doesn’t stop there. The new-wave star of your next cookout is smothered in vegan nacho sauce and garnished to lend a jalapeño popper vibe—one we guarantee will entice vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Cashews add silky body to the nacho sauce, while turmeric contributes the quintessential golden hue. To lend a dairy-free cheesy flavor to plant-based nacho sauce, we use nutritional yeast; look for it in health food stores or well-stocked specialty grocers. Our recipe saves 8g saturated fat over standard cheese dogs without losing any of the flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place cashews in a bowl with water to cover by 1 inch. Let stand 8 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Trim ends from carrots to fit hot dog buns. Using a vegetable peeler, peel carrots, and round edges to create a hot dog shape.

Step 3

Place oil, tamari, liquid smoke (if desired), paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl. Stir with a whisk. Place carrots in a single layer in prepared baking dish. Pour oil mixture over carrots; rub to coat on all sides. Bake at 450°F for 35 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes.

Step 4

Drain cashews. Place cashews, jarred salsa, almond milk, yeast, cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, and salt in a high-powered blender. Process until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in up to 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Step 5

Place 1 roasted carrot in each bun. Top each with 2 tablespoons nacho sauce; top evenly with jalapeño slices and diced red onion.