Simple Truth

Hot Dogs: Go Beyond Ordinary

Oh, the all-American Hot Dog! When is the last time you ate one? Was it at a cook-out or maybe at a sporting event? There are so many ways to dress them up. When I think of hot dogs, a meat frank placed in a bun with ketchup and sweet relish is my vision. You may have a similar reaction. Let’s go beyond the basics and expand our minds to some other delicious possibilities.

Selection of the basic hot dog at the meat case now includes Simple Truth Uncured Beef or Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs. At first glance, the package looks similar to the other brand offerings, with the clear vacuum plastic wrap and sticker labels. Then the iconic green circle for Simple Truth catches the eye. Okay, now I am intrigued to read further ….

  • No added hormones
  • 100% vegetarian fed diet
  • Humanely raised
  • No antibiotics ever

Can this be real? I keep reading ….

  • No preservatives
  • No MSG added
  • No fillers
  • Gluten-free
  • Casein-free
  • Fully cooked

So what IS in them? I found that they have lots of good, natural ingredients starting with the beef or chicken. There are also spices like paprika and sea salt added in just the right amounts to provide a rich flavor. That’s what I want for myself and my family. The flavor-rich beef variety has only 260 mg sodium and 140 calories per hot dog, while each milder chicken dog has a bit more sodium but only 90 calories.

A few fortunate staff members were able to sample these new Uncured Simple Truth Hot Dogs when I was preparing them along with the recently introduced Simple Truth Uncured Bacon in our break room. Almost everyone noticed that the little white pieces of filler or fat were missing. When looking at the inside, you will simply see the meat and spices. How basic and wonderful! These hot dogs have grown-up appeal. Similar to how you would heat other hot dogs, I would recommend piercing them in a few places to allow the hot juices to escape and prevent the frank from distorting or splitting. While the package describes the stovetop and microwave directions for best results, it’s also acceptable to try them in the serving ideas presented below.

Some ways to “ban the bun” include:

  • Adding slices to mac-n-cheese or baked beans
  • Wrapping and baking halved dogs in a croissant (like pigs in a blanket)
  • Wrapping a third of a slice of bacon around inch-long hot dog pieces, then baking to create “pig candy”
  • Slicing into thin disks for a pizza topping
  • Slow cooking in a batch of mixed beans or stew

Here is an easy, hearty stew recipe made in the slow cooker. What a great dish to have ready as the days turn cooler. Let it warm you from the inside out.

Mixed Bean Stew

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 8 hours

Serves: 6 to 8


12 ounces (1 package) Simple Truth Hot Dogs (chicken or beef)

10 cups Simple Truth Organic Chicken Broth

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 carrots

2 stalks celery

½ can Simple Truth Organic Pinto Beans

½ can Simple Truth Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans

1 can Simple Truth Organic Diced Tomatoes

Cut hot dogs into small pieces (less than half an inch). Clean and slice carrots and celery.

Place all items except tomatoes in a five-quart slow cooker. Mix.

Cover and set on low for seven hours.

Add tomatoes, stir gently. Continue to cook for an additional hour.

Serve with crusty artisan bread or crackers.

What is your favorite “unbunned” way to prepare hot dogs?

About Karen Ilhardt:

Karen’s role as Home Economist in the Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) is to answer customer questions and write about recipes, ingredient substitutions, and Food Safety.  She holds BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University’s College of Home Economics with a specialty in Resource Management.  Karen also has teaching credentials from Miami University (of Ohio) and Wright State University.  After having been a food teacher for 20 years she transferred to the corporate world in 2011.  Farming and crafting have always been a part of her life.  Karen values being part of our food production and preparation processes PLUS  being able to share those experiences with others.  The Simple Truth Brand embraces the wholesome nature of the foods we select and consume which makes a perfect choice for Karen’s lifestyle.



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5 total reviews

Omaha, Nebraska

I love the Simple Truth products. Lately I have tried the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Both of them are superior to Hunt's or Contadina. The tomato paste has a nice bright color and does not taste canny like the rest of them. Both made the best marinara sauce I've ever had. I add either grated carrot or capers. I recently discovered Simple Truth Chicken Hot Dogs and they are the best hot dogs I've ever tasted. Perfect texture, perfect size and perfect taste. Not too salty. So fresh tasting. Just delicious.

August 27, 2014, 8:08 PM
Simple Truth

Hi, Lindy. Thanks for the wonderful feedback. We're so happy to hear you're enjoying our products. Have a wonderful day!

August 28, 2014, 11:43 AM
Mesquite, Texas

Is there any milk or milk products at all in the beef hot dogs? The reason I ask is because the chicken hot dogs say that the lactic acid starter is not from dairy. The beef hot dogs do not say that. My son loves hot dogs and I am able to give him the chicken ones. I haven't tried the beef ones with him yet because I wasn't sure of the milk content. Thanks for any info you can provide!

January 6, 2015, 11:19 PM

My son is allergic to Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate and Sodium Phosphate (even when used as an additive from 'natural flavoring'). Do these contain those ingredients? Hotdogs are definitely not a necessary food staple, but I'd love for my son to just be able to eat a hot dog without breaking out in hives or throat swelling.

October 16, 2015, 4:16 PM

I recently purchased your chicken dogs and they are hitting the spot. The problem is that the package I bought did not list garlic, but when I went to buy more, it now lists garlic. I am allergic to garlic so I'm hoping that was a labeling error. Have you changed the formula? Or was it hidden in this package I got? Wondering if I skated on getting hidden garlic.

November 12, 2015, 4:48 PM