Launchtime Recipes

Cosmic Chili Dogs

Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes | Serves: 16
Top your Smart Dogs with Buzz Lightyear’s favorite food—Cosmic Chili!
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  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 package Lightlife® Smart Ground
  • 15 oz. low sodium pinto beans, with liquid
  • 14.5 oz. unsalted diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 2 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 16 Lightlife® Smart Dogs
  • 16 whole wheat hot dog buns of choice
  • 1 cup Chao Creamery Creamy Original Shreds
  • Green onion for garnish, optional


In a large Dutch oven, pour in olive oil and heat until shimmering on medium high heat. Add onions and sweat until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.

Add ground to the pan and break up with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Add the pinto beans with liquid, tomatoes with liquid, garlic powder, cumin, pepper and chili powder to the pot. Stir until well combined.

Let simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust pepper according to taste. Remove from heat and let sit while you cook your Smart Dogs.

Tip: if you want to save yourself some time the day of serving, you can make this chili the day before and reheat it when you’re ready to build your dogs!

Grill Smart Dogs according to package directions.

Toast buns if desired.

Place Smart Dogs into buns. Top with chili and cheese. Enjoy!

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