Bam! Vegan Chili Cheese Fries w/ Malt Vinegar Aioli + Tempeh Chili

Bam! Vegan Chili Cheese Fries w/ Malt Vinegar Aioli + Tempeh Chili

Difficulty: 3/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 2/3 (3 being spiciest)

Prep & Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

The Challenge: Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

O. M. G. Chili. Cheese. Fries. 

That's right party people. It is time for CHILI CHEESE FRIES VEGAN TIME. Yum Yum Yum. 

How the heck are we going to make this? We are taking my meaty chili and smothering it all over oven-baked fries. From there, we drizzle on malt vinegar aioli and use some dairy-free vegan cheese on the top to create that cheesy gooey pull apart cheese fries that are like OMG OMG. 

For the fries, we used a medley of potatoes with a blend of creole spices + oil. We bake it to create a crispy edge but make it healthier. From there, we are going to use a tempeh based meaty chili to spread all over those fries. I wanted a really delicious drizzle on it, and I was really digging this creole flavor. I added malt vinegar to an aioli to create a delicious blend of that creole fry flavor and added some tang to the chili + fries. Finally, we sprinkled on some Daiya cheese that melts oh so good. 

When I put this in my mouth...it was like Bam! So darn good.

Let's get into it!


Roasted Fries

  • 1 medium russet potato, diced into long thin rectangles (like thick fries)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced into long thin rectangles (like thick fries)
  • 1 large red new potato, diced into wedges
  • 1 large golden new potato, diced into wedges
  • Spices: handful of fresh rosemary (off the stalk), 1 tbl Old Bay seasoning, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper

Malt Vinegar Aioli

  • 1 tbl malt vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves

 

 

Meaty Tempeh Chili

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz tempeh
  • 1/2 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 medium heirloom tomato, diced
  • Spices: 1 tbl chili powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tbl unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp bay leaf powder, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbl apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups vegetable broth, low sodium

Other

  • shredded vegan cheddar cheese

Equipment You'll Need:

Mixing Bowls . Sharp Chopping Knife . Measuring Cups + Spoons . Cutting Board . Oven Pan . Silpat or Parchment Paper . Food Processor or High Speed Blender . Large Frying Pan . Spatula


Before You Cook:

  • Wash + chop fresh ingredients
  • Preheat oven to 450F
 1. To start, place tempeh into food processor and blend until crumbly. Don't overdo it.

1. To start, place tempeh into food processor and blend until crumbly. Don't overdo it.

 2. For the chili, add oil, processed tempeh, onion, and poblano pepper to a castiron/frying pan. Cook for 7-8 minutes over medium heat.

2. For the chili, add oil, processed tempeh, onion, and poblano pepper to a castiron/frying pan. Cook for 7-8 minutes over medium heat.

 3. Add in tomatoes + spices to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 

3. Add in tomatoes + spices to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 

 4. Add in the broth + vinegar, bring to a low simmer and cook for 45 minutes until most of liquid is cooked off. Let it simmer on low while we work on potatoes.

4. Add in the broth + vinegar, bring to a low simmer and cook for 45 minutes until most of liquid is cooked off. Let it simmer on low while we work on potatoes.

 5. Add the chopped potatoes to a large mixing bowl with the oil + spices. Get well coated.

5. Add the chopped potatoes to a large mixing bowl with the oil + spices. Get well coated.

 6. Add to a parchment-lined pan and place into oven. Bake for 22-24 minutes. If chili is not done, set aside.

6. Add to a parchment-lined pan and place into oven. Bake for 22-24 minutes. If chili is not done, set aside.

 7. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend.

7. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend.

 8. To serve, add chili to fries on frying pan. I serve them right from the pan, and cheese. Place back into the oven for 5 minutes. Drizzle on aioli. Eat. Get fat. :)

8. To serve, add chili to fries on frying pan. I serve them right from the pan, and cheese. Place back into the oven for 5 minutes. Drizzle on aioli. Eat. Get fat. :)


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