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Are you craving Taco Bell’s iconic nacho fries but looking for a vegan alternative? Look no further, because we’ve got a recipe that will satisfy your cravings and then some! These homemade vegan nacho fries are not only delicious, but they may even surpass the original. Plus, we’re sharing a recipe for a mouthwatering vegan nacho cheese sauce to go along with them. Get ready to dig in!
The Perfect Fries
To make the perfect fries, you can either use fresh potatoes or frozen fries. While fresh potatoes cost less, using frozen fries gives them that extra crispiness and flavor that mimics Taco Bell’s nacho fries. If you prefer making them from scratch, we’ve got you covered with instructions in the blog post.
To season the fries, we’ll dredge them in a mixture of corn starch and seasonings, including Sazon for that Latin American twist. You can find Sazon at your local Latin American market or online. Don’t worry if you can’t find it; we’ll also share a homemade Sazon recipe that you can whip up with a few ingredients.
The Magic Seasoning
Our fry seasoning is where the magic happens. We’ll blend together an enticing blend of spices, including garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and chili powder. To give it that vibrant color, we’ll add annatto, which doesn’t contribute much flavor but adds visual appeal. The secret ingredient here is nutritional yeast, known for its cheesy flavor. Blitz all the ingredients in a spice blender and transfer them to a seasoning shaker for easy use.
The Perfect Crispy Coat
For the fried dredge, we’ll whisk together corn starch, garlic and onion powder, nooch, smoked paprika, chili powder, and mushroom seasoning. This flavorful mixture will give the fries a crispy coating that is hard to resist.
Next, we’ll heat up some oil in a wide deep skillet or Dutch oven and fry the coated fries until golden and crispy. Be sure not to overcrowd the pot and stir them around to prevent sticking. Once they are perfectly golden, gently shake off the excess oil and transfer the fries to a large bowl.
Dusted with Cheesy Goodness
Now comes the fun part – tossing the fries in the cheesy fry seasoning. Add the seasoning to the bowl of fries and toss them until they are evenly coated. This takes a bit of practice, but keep going until the fries are dusted to your liking. Trust us, it’s worth the effort!
The Ultimate Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
To complete this heavenly dish, we’ll make a vegan nacho cheese sauce that will leave you craving more. In a pan, combine water and sodium citrate, an emulsifier that ensures the sauce stays smooth and creamy. Then, add vegan cheddar that has been tossed with some tapioca starch. The cheese sauce will thicken up nicely, but if you find it too thick, feel free to add some unsweetened plant milk to achieve the desired consistency.
For that classic nacho cheese taste, you can also add pickled jalapeno brine and seasonings like garlic powder, smoked paprika, and Sazon. Adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Dip or Douse – Your Choice!
Now comes the moment of truth – dipping or dousing the fries with the nacho cheese sauce. You can either use the cheese sauce as a dip or go all out and pour it over the fries for an indulgent experience of nacho cheese fries. The choice is yours!
Are you tempted yet? These homemade vegan Taco Bell nacho fries are a game-changer. They are just as good, if not better, than the original. So gather your friends, make a batch of these irresistible fries, and enjoy the ultimate snacking experience. You won’t be able to resist going back for seconds, or thirds!
For more delicious vegan recipes and inspiration, check out El Reno Ok. They have a wide range of mouthwatering recipes that will make you fall in love with plant-based cooking. Happy snacking!