chili cheese fries
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Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

Classic Chili Cheese Fries made vegan, whole foods plant based, and healthy! Great for a snack, but they can stand on their own as a main meal too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Spartan Life

Ingredients

Queso “Cheese”:

  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 cup of medium chunky salsa
  • 1 small red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric for color

Oil Free French Fries:

  • 4 large potatoes more, if making for more people

Chili:

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked or regular paprika
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes more if you like things hot
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 bunch of green onions save some for garnish
  • 1 poblano pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 15 oz. can or 1 1/2 c cooked red or kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can or 1 1/2 c cooked black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 15 oz. cans diced no salt added tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz. can no salt added tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs red cooking wine or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

Queso "Cheese":

  • Put the cashews in a bowl of water and let them soak for about 10 minutes (to soften)
  • Put all of the ingredients, including cashews into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Set aside for now while you make the chili fries

Oil Free French Fries:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Cut your potatoes into french fry strips
  • Toss your fries in a large bowl with a dash of chili powder, paprika, onion and garlic powder. Eyeballing it is fine
  • Arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes until they are browned/slightly crispy

Chili:

  • Combine a few tablespoons of water in a pan with the chili powder, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Allow the spices to simmer on low in the pan for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the garlic, onions and peppers – saute on medium heat for about 5 minutes until things start to soften
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan (one at a time if need be, to make sure you stir and mix everything well), cover and let the chili simmer for about 20 minutes.

Assembling Everything Together:

  • Since the Queso dip was set aside awhile ago, you may want to heat it up in the microwave real quick before assembling your fries
  • Put a big helping of fries on a plate, top with a generous heap of chili and pour some Queso dip on top.
  • Sprinkle some green onions on top for garnish if you like