Vegan Nacho “Cheese” Dip

I can confidently say this is one of the most talked about recipes I’ve ever made. My Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip is most definitely a crowd-pleaser but yet this humble dip has so many stories surrounding it. Let’s get into it!

Crowd-pleasing surprise

First off, I have to give my other blog ( some props because I posted a version of this recipe a few years back, since it was such a huge hit. I’ve made it for Super bowl parties in the past and it’s always fun to see the look on everyone’s faces when they see a “cheese”-looking dip on the same table as the chicken wings. Hmm…doesn’t look so kosher to me. But when I told them it’s vegan? Not to toot my own horn, but pure amazement on everyone’s faces.

The second time I made this dip for a crowd was last year’s Super bowl party. It was right before Ellie and I moved into our new condo and somehow I mustered up enough energy to whip up a batch of this dip. It’s THAT easy, that it didn’t feel like a chore. We went to a friend’s house to watch the game and their teenage son could not get enough of this. So much so that every time I see their family, there’s a good chance that one of them will ask me when I’m making it next. Well, Gottesman fam, this is for you.

Performance Recipe?

In October 2021, my little sister got married. It was an unbelievably magical weekend. Sunday night (the night before the wedding), there was a dinner and an activity called “Share” – basically like a talent show! There were lots of fun performances – jokes, songs, dances, funny stories and lots of laughs. I hadn’t planned on performing anything for share but about 20 minutes before the program started, a friend said “why don’t you share a recipe?” I looked at her quizzically, “um, how exactly would I do that? I’ve never “performed” a recipe before.”

But I decided super last minute to participate and the first recipe that came to mind was my infamous Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip. This is probably my most-requested recipe (apart from my Coconut Date Balls).

So, I mustered up some courage, jumped up on stage to “perform” my recipe! Wow, everyone was so into it! Maybe because it was a little different and unusual for a talent show? Either way, it turns out, this recipe is the perfect one to “perform” – all I did was share the ingredients and mimicked the action of my blender whirling away! But, the fun part is that I had several people approach me afterwards comment on how delicious (and easy) it sounded and of course, they wanted to know where to find the recipe! Cue a plug for MYV!

Well, look no further, my long-awaited Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip. I promise, it won’t disappoint.

Happy blending!

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Vegan Nacho "Cheese" Dip
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1 Large handful of raw cashews You don't want roasted or seasoned, just buy the raw whole or pieces (in bulk is cheaper) - and store in the freezer to keep them fresh
  • 4 cups Filtered water
  • 4 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Salsa
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves No need to chop, the blender will do all the hard work for you!
  • 2 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 can Diced green chilies Optional
  1. Add the cashews to the container of a high-powered blender. Add the water and the rest of the ingredients, except the diced green chilies

  2. Slowly power up to the highest setting and let it blend for about 6-7 minutes. The key here is to be patient. You need to let the blender do its job, so it'll be loud but trust me, it's worth it

  3. After about 6-7 minutes, you should hear a slight "chugging" noise and the sauce thicken and tighten up. Lower the speed to the medium speed for 1 more minute

  4. Turn off the blender and slowly pour out the sauce into a large container. Careful, it's going to be HOT! Add in the green chilies and serve!

  5. If you're going to be serving this for a party, I recommend serving it in a slow cooker on low to keep it warm and clump-free. Store in the fridge and use for up to 1 week. Serve with tortilla chips! (Note - this recipe is one of those things where you really don't need to measure. I put in rough measurements here, but you can always taste half-way through the blending process and adjust. One time I wanted to make this for a party but didn't have any salsa, so I substituted spicy red harissa and it was incredible. The perfect amount of heat and spice. So play around with it. Add in some lemon juice for a tang, or add in pickled jalapenos once it's mixed, or even pour in some of the juice before you blend! You can also omit the salsa and turmeric and add in more garlic and almond milk (like half almond milk, half water) to make a vegan alfredo sauce. It's the perfect base to make lots of yummy vegan sauces!!)

Cabbage Pancakes (for Passover!)

Cabbage Pancakes

Lately, I’ve been a little preoccupied, with the move just a few weeks ago and setting up our new condo. Things are definitely in good shape here, but since Passover is HERE, I had to bring you all at least 1 new recipe – and this one came out of sheer necessity to clean our our fridge. I had a bag of coleslaw mix that I didn’t know what to do with. Sure, I could make the standard mayo or vinegar-based coleslaw, but I was bored of that. I needed something new and exciting. And then, BOOM. My Pizza Latke recipe uses sauerkraut as the base (because cabbage gets crunchy when you fry it)! So off I went, transforming the humble bag of coleslaw mix into crunchy, savory cabbage pancakes. The perfect pre-seder (or anytime) snack for Passover!

These savory pancakes are my spin on Japanese street food called okonomiyaki – made with flour, eggs, cabbage and a protein. This recipe is great for using up leftovers in your fridge. Although I didn’t use protein in my version, go ahead and add some canned tuna or salmon, ground beef or maybe cubed salami! It’s a perfect base for a savory pancake.

If you’re not planning on making this for Passover, feel free to garnish with sesame seeds (unless you eat Kitniyot) or add in coconut aminos or soy sauce. And play around with the spice level too! Maybe you have some gochujang in your fridge (okay, well that’s Korean, but hey, I did say this was my spin), or pickled jalapenos. You can even add in shredded cheese (similar to my pizza latkes) with an Asian twist.

There ya have it.

Even though I’m still trying to figure out where I put most of my kitchen stuff, I managed to give ya’ll a new recipe.

Happy Passover – Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

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Cabbage Pancakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 bag Coleslaw mix I mean, you CAN shred your own cabbage and carrot, but why not go for a shortcut and make your life easier?
  • 1 tbsp. Avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Kosher-for-Passover soy sauce or Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Olive or Avocado oil, for frying
  • 1 tbsp. Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) Optional
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 2 tbsp. Sriracha
  • 2 Green onions, sliced I didn't have any when I made this, so I topped mine with a drizzle of sriracha (I skipped the mayo), dried parsley and chives!
  1. Mix all ingredients (except the extra 2 tbsp. of oil) in a large bowl and mix well until all ingredients are combined

  2. Heat the oven in a large skillet or cast iron pan

  3. Once the oil is hot, add a spoonful of the pancake batter, making a 4-6" circle and about 1/2 in thick

  4. If you have a lid handy, this is the time to use it - it will help cook the cabbage instead of just crisping up the outside of the pancake. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown then flip and cook on the other side

  5. Add the cooked pancakes to a plate and cover (to keep warm) with foil until ready to eat.

  6. Garnish the pancakes with mayo, sriracha mayo, sliced green onions, sesame seeds (kitniyot), or any other dried or fresh herbs you might have lying around!

Fried Halloumi Cheese Bites with Kansas City-style BBQ sauce

It’s been some time since I posted a recipe here on MYV and for good reason. Ellie and I closed on a condo a few weeks ago and we’re getting ready to move (don’t worry, just 2 blocks away). So needless to say, I’ve been a little preoccupied. BUT, since the Super Bowl is THIS SUNDAY, and my beloved Kansas City Chiefs are in it, yet AGAIN! So how could I not give ya’ll a recipe to kick off the big game. Ha, see what I did there? 🙂 And since KC is playing in the Super Bowl, I thought, why not make something with a KC-style BBQ sauce? So, I created a super-easy recipe for Fried Halloumi Cheese Bites with Kansas City-style BBQ sauce (sugar-free, by the way).

Crunchy Fried Goodness

Okay, so you most likely aren’t going to a big Super Bowl party this year or maybe you’ll just be watching it alone in your house, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make great party food. This recipe really does come together super quick. While you’re frying up the Haloumi cheese, you can make the BBQ sauce. Halloumi (or sometimes spelled “Haloumi”) is a semi-hard cheese made from a mixture of sheep’s milk and goat’s milk and sometimes cow milk is added in to. It has a really high melting point so it’s perfect for grilling or frying. Making these fried Halloumi bites would be a great “crouton” addition to your salad! If you can’t find Haloumi, try and look for Paneer, a cheese mainly used in Indian cuisine. I’ve found Paneer at both Costco and Restaurant Depot.  All you do is sprinkle the cubed Halloumi in some flour (I used coconut flour and some salt and pepper) and fry away. I just did a shallow pan fry but these will definitely be crispier if you deep fry or use your air fryer, if you have one.

KC style

Alright, don’t hate on me, but my BBQ sauce may not be the most super KC style ever, so I did tweak it a bit. But it’s okay to play with your food, right? Kansas City BBQ sauce is the perfect balance of both sweet and tangy flavors. Typically made with molasses and bright acidic flavors from tomato and vinegar, it also has the right balance of sweet and heat. It’s that classic, ketchup-based BBQ sauce that will be the perfect dipping sauce for these fried bites of goodness. I also made this recipe low carb and with only stevia instead of ketchup or adding additional sugar. But go ahead and use ketchup if you prefer it!

Be sure to check out Daniel’s Super Bowl recipe for Chicken Wings with a three different Sauces.

Want even MORE recipes to serve for the big game? Check out some of our favs!

“Bacon” Ranch Crack Dip

Grandma Janie’s Hot Mushroom Dip

Nacho Jalapeno Cheese Crisps

Tater Tot Nachos

Cheddar-stuffed Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Almond Butter Snickerdoodles

Happy Snacking and Super Bowl watching! Go CHIEFS!

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Fried Halloumi bites with Kansas City-style BBQ sauce
Course: Appetizer
Author: Rachel Katzman
Kansas City-style BBQ sauce (sugar-free)
  • 8 oz. Tomato Sauce (or Ketchup) Not pasta sauce, but just the canned tomato sauce, or the ones in the boxes
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Worchestershire Sauce, or Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke You can add another teaspoon if you like it more smoky, but start with 1 tsp to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Liquid Stevia Add more if you like it sweeter, but start with 1 tbsp. to taste
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
Fried Halloumi Bites
  • 9 oz. Halloumi cheese Doesn't have to be exact weight here
  • 2 tbsp. All-purpose Flour, or Coconut Flour
  • Vegetable Oil, or Avocado Oil, for frying I did a shallow pan fry so I just added a little bit to start and fried the Halloumi, just start with a few drizzles and add more if you need
  1. Cut the cheese into cubes - whatever size you like!

  2. Spread the flour, salt and pepper on to a plate and roll the Halloumi on all sides, while it's wet

  3. Heat up the oil on medium heat, with a few tablespoons at a time and add more if you need. Add the cheese cubes and fry on all sides until crispy and golden (about 2-3 minutes). You're looking for the color of French Fries! But be careful they don't get too dark or burnt, but hey, unless you like burnt cheese

  4. Using tongs, or a slotted spoon (if deep frying), carefully lift the cheese cubes and let it cool slightly on a cooling rack with a paper towel underneath to catch any drippings

Make the BBQ sauce
  1. Add all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk until all ingredients are mixed

  2. Simmer on medium-low for about 5 minutes and let cool. Serve with Fried Halloumi bites!

Tornado Potatoes with Spicy Basil Oil

It’s a BASIL challenge!

It’s been a hot (potato) minute since Daniel and I decided to do an ingredient challenge, since we’ve both been dabbling in the herb and veggie growing scene since the start of the pandemic. Truthfully, the basil challenge was my husband’s idea, since we’re both growing several types of basil, it just made sense for us to highlight this sweet, licorice-scented herb! So thanks Ellie!

In my outdoor patio garden, I’m growing sweet basil, purple basil and lemon basil so clearly I had enough to work with, though my plants are not as abundant as Mr. Peikes’, but he was kind enough to let me snag some of his sweet basil that was growing like crazy!

A Dish is Born

Any of you out there like me, that scour through cookbooks just to get inspired for my next dish? I could spend HOURS just reading 1 cookbook, thinking how I can re-invent this dish, or make it kosher, or spruce it up with different herbs or spices. And that’s exactly what I found with these Tornado Potatoes with Spicy Basil Oil.

Reading through one of BuzzFeed’s Tasty cookbooks, I found a recipe for tornado potatoes and thought “what a fun spin on curly fries!” But their recipe called for melted butter and different spices. And then it hit me. Instead of drizzling melted butter, why not slather on some garlicky-basil oil?! It’s such a great way to get inspiration for a recipe but switch it up and make it your own! humble potato – an oh-so-perfect vessel to highlight basil.  Oh and I ended up using a mix of all of my different basil types, but featured the sweet basil more prominently.

Also, I learned something new today! Tornado potatoes, or “twist potatoes” or “tornado fries” are a common street food in South Korea. And I mean, talk about the perfect street food eaten on a stick. Crispy potatoes – check. Basil oil (or butter) – check. Fresh grated Parmesan cheese – check!

Recipe Notes

As always, here are my notes for this recipe.

  1. You can use either Yukon gold or russet potatoes (see the notes in the recipe block below for details)
  2. I had to practice the “tornado” spiral a few times to get it (even remotely) looking right. I suggest looking up some YouTube videos of how to get the right technique. The trick is to go slow so you get hopefully even layers. Mine aren’t perfect, but that’s okay – they came out great anyway!
  3. And if you don’t really want to both with this fancy-looking technique, use a spiralizer instead and you’ll end up with curly fries! Definitely nothing wrong with that.

Want to kick up this basil challenge even more? Try these Tornado Potatoes with Spicy Basil Oil served alongside my Basil Garlic Dressing to dip! Just a word of caution, your significant other might ban you since you’ll stink of garlic, but it might just be worth it. 😛

Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s basil post: Spicy Thai Basil Chicken Tacos

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Tornado Potatoes with Spicy Basil Oil
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
31 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 2 potatoes
Author: Rachel Katzman
Tornado Potatoes
  • 2 Medium-sized Yukon Gold Potatoes You can use russet potatoes either peeled or unpeeled, just be aware they will take longer to cook
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese I prefer to buy a block of Parm and keep it in the freezer, instead of buying expensive pre-shredded. Then I just shred it over a microplane when a recipe calls for it!
  • 1 handful Chopped Basil leaves, for garnishing I take my basil leaves and roll them up into a little cigar and slice into ribbons, or "chiffonade", which makes a beautiful presentation. You can also use chopped parsley if you prefer, or don't have enough basil for garnishing
Spicy Basil Oil
  • 1/4 cup Packed, fresh basil leaves, stemmed and washed
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Water
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Crushed Red Pepper flakes Feel free to omit but it really does bring a nice heat to the basil oil and works great with the potatoes. You can always add more if you're feeling like you need a spice kick!
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika I happened to have smoked paprika on hand, but use what you got! Any type would work - Hungarian sweet, Spanish hot, or just your regular 'ole paprika!
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325F

  2. Add the potatoes to a microwave-safe bowl and nuke for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes to cool. If using russet potatoes, cook for 2 min in the microwave

  3. While the potatoes are cooking in the microwave, make the basil oil

  4. Add the basil, garlic, water, salt, red pepper flakes and paprika to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times

  5. Add the olive oil and blend until a smooth saucy basil oil comes together

  6. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of each potato and gently push all the way through to the top

  7. Using a spiral motion, hold a sharp knife at an angle, turn the potato the opposite direction of cutting and cut all the way to the skewer. Make sure to go slow and cut thin, even layers all the way down

  8. Carefully fan out the potato slices until you have even spacing throughout the "tornado" and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

  9. Drizzle the basil oil all over the potatoes

  10. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese all over the oiled potatoes - make sure the potatoes are covered evenly with the basil oil and cheese

  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown. If using russet potatoes, bake in 425F oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown

  12. Garnish with additional basil oil and cheese and chopped fresh basil or parsley and sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese.

“Bacon” Ranch Crack Dip

Superbowl Snacking

I know what you’re thinking. Bacon and Crack? Did Rachel fall off the deep end? Not so fast, ya’ll! Since the Superbowl is this Sunday, it seemed only fitting to make a party dip that was so addicting, it was like crack!  Seriously, look up “crack dip“, it’s a thing!

So let’s dive head-first into this (meatless) Bacon Ranch Crack Dip. Obviously we’re not talking about real bacon here. The “bacon” comes from the salty, earthy, umami flavors of… MUSHROOMS! It’s a great way to sneak some veggies into a dish for your kids (or in my case, my husband, who isn’t a big veggie eater, but sadly, he despises these delicious fungi – shhh, don’t tell him there are mushrooms in this dip)!

Easy as…mushroom bacon

This recipe is so easy to whip up for your Superbowl party or any time of year. Yes it’s a lot of fat (and very Keto-friendly), but it’s a fun spin on a typical onion dip. And maybe you get a little tired of guacamole at every party, so this is a great alternative to introduce to your party guests.

Of course if you’re not into mushrooms, you can omit them. You won’t get as much of that umami flavor bomb, but you could always add in some fake bacon bits instead. And for the record, the mushroom bacon came out insanely delicious – crispy, smoky (the shiitakes are known for their smoky flavor), and a little salty – the PERFECT addition to this creamy, cheesy dip!

I like how versatile this dip is (well, aren’t all of my recipes pretty versatile?). You can add in some caramelized onions, to add a hint of sweetness to balance out the earthy mushroom flavors. But how can you go wrong when you mix cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing? I mean, now you can understand the meaning behind “crack” dip, right?

True, the traditional recipes call for real bacon but I put my own twist on it! Adding the meatless mushroom “bacon”, and some freshly squeezed lemon juice for a bright pop of acidity to round out all the flavors. And for this recipe, I used Walden Farm’s Bacon Ranch Dressing. Most of the time I have my own homemade salad dressings in the fridge, but I wanted an extra kick of that salty bacon flavor so I went with it for this go-around. But if you want to add in some homemade ranch – go for it!

So whoever you’re rooting for (Go CHIEFS!!!!) and wherever you’ll be during the Superbowl this year (or not even watching it because you’ll forget about it, or just don’t care, ha), go ahead and whip up a batch of this super creamy, salty, sweet and undeniably addicting Bacon Ranch Crack Dip!

And after you made it, feel free to comment below with your thoughts! What did you add to make it more fun? Maybe a squeeze of sriracha or hot sauce? We’d love to know how you liked it!

Enjoy – and Happy Superbowl Snacking!

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Meatless "Bacon" Ranch Crack Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 servings (1/4 cup per serving)
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1/2 cup Shiitake Mushrooms Caps only - use the stems for making veggie stock! Also, shiitakes specifically have kind of a smoky flavor compared to other types of mushrooms, so they work best in this recipe
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Bacon Seasoning, optional I love the brand, Flavor God, the "bacon lover's seasoning" - their spices mixes are awesome, AND Kosher!
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese 8 oz = 1 cup
  • 3/4 cup Ranch Dressing I used the Bacon Ranch dressing from Walden Farms, but use whatever you like - store bought, or homemade!
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Green Onions, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Lemon, halved and juiced
  1. Make the mushroom bacon: Pre-heat the oven to 375F and line with parchment paper

  2. Remove the mushroom stems and slice the mushroom caps into thin slices

  3. Add the sliced mushrooms to the baking sheet, and drizzle the olive oil, salt and bacon seasoning (if using). Make sure the mushrooms are coated evenly, then arrange in a single layer, making sure they don't overlap

  4. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes, then flip each slice over. Return to the oven for 7 more minutes, until the mushroom caps are browned, but not burnt. They'll get crispy around the edges but even if the centers are soft, don't worry, they'll crisp up as they cool

  5. Cool the mushroom bacon for at least 15 minutes. Remove any excess oil with a towel and chop into small pieces, to use for the dip later

  6. And now, make the dip! Pre-heat the oven again but this time at 350F

  7. Heat the cream cheese slowly in the microwave until it's warmed (NOT hot) and stirs easily. I popped it in the microwave for 30 seconds, stirred, the 30 more seconds until warm and melty

  8. Pour the ranch dressing into the cream cheese, and mix until smooth, then add in the sour cream. Once mixed thoroughly, add in the cheddar, mushroom bacon, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice (but NOT the green onions)

  9. Add the dip into a 1/2 quart baking dish (or similar size) and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly

  10. Garnish with the green onions and serve hot or warm with cut up veggies, tortilla chips or low carb chips or crackers!

Super Bowl Snack – behold the “Nacho Jalapeno Cheese Crisp”!

If you’ve taken a look at your calendar lately, you might be shocked to realize that January is almost over and that could only mean one thing (well, besides the fact that winter just seems to never end and the bitter cold is here to stay). It means the SUPER BOWL is almost here!

What a great day to watch football with friends and eat an endless amount of food from the all the Super Bowl food groups – chicken wings, nachos, assorted chips and dips and don’t forget the 3 different types of cookies and brownies.  So here’s an idea.  What about combining nachos AND chips all in one?  Sort of a nacho-in-a-bite kind of deal, so basically, the perfect chip.

Here’s the kicker – nachos are my jam.  If I could eat one snack food for the rest of my life, I’d have to go with nachos.  There are endless possibilities here – fake meat, no fake meat, different types of cheeses, green onions, salsa, guac (duh), sour cream, cilantro (an absolute must-have in my book), pickled jalapenos, maybe some chopped onion, tomato – a little pico de gallo action? You could get creative and do a Korean BBQ style nacho, or “sweet” nachos (not my thing truthfully) – it’s just a great baseline for showing off your creativity!

The Perfect Nacho Bite

My mission?  Create the perfect “nacho bite” in one chip, and then of course, feel free to dunk in giant bowls of guacamole and salsa (or just eat them plain, because you know, they’re THAT good). Oh and in case you’re thinking this is going to be super complicated, like rolling out a dough to create the chips – oh please!

All you need is a muffin pan, shredded cheese, jalapeno slices (you can use plain, or pickled or use whatever hot peppers you like), green onion and spices.  And maybe some fresh cilantro to top it off.  But that’s it.  The muffin tin basically does all of the work for you.  And depending on the size of your muffin pan, you may have to make more batches (my dairy muffin tin is only 6 individual cups, so I had to make 4 batches to make 24 chips, but it’s so worth it)!

Happy Super Bowling!

Recipe: Nacho Jalapeño Cheese Crisps

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Nacho Jalapeño Cheese Crisps
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Servings: 12 chips
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced (or any type of pepper to the heat level of your liking) You can use pickled jalapenos, but it'll make the "chips" a bit soggy, so you may have to bake them for a bit longer to crisp up
  • 1 Green Onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Trader Joe's onion salt Optional, but I like the extra onion flavor!
  • 1 bunch Cilantro, chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.

  2. Spray a non-stick muffin tin with cooking spray (I like to use avocado oil spray for a mild flavor)

  3. Mix the cheese, green onion, garlic powder, cumin, and onion salt (if using) in a large bowl.

  4. Measure about 1-2 tbsp. of the cheese mixture and place in each muffin cavity. You don't want to overflow it, just really cover the bottom. The trick to making thin, crispy chips is to just cover the bottom of each muffin tin with a thin layer of cheese, otherwise it won't crisp up, it'll just be a blob.  You can, however, use the cheese to place up the sides of the muffin pan to create a "nacho chip cup" that you can fill with toppings, so feel free to experiment with that. 

  5. Take a thinly sliced piece of jalapeno (or whatever pepper you want to use, Serrano would be good too, and remove the seeds and ribs for less heat), and place on the top of the cheese.  Depending on the size of your muffin tin, you may have to make this in double batches.  My toaster is my dairy "oven" so I can only make 6 at a time.

  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bubbling and crispy golden brown, but not burnt.

  7. Let the chips cool for about 10-15 minutes until you can easily "pop" them out of the muffin tin and they're nice and crispy!

  8. Serve on a platter sprinkled with chopped cilantro and enjoy with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, OR make a big pile of nachos using these as the chips!!

Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s Super Bowl Nachos dish: Steak and Eggs Tot-Chos (Tater Tot Nachos)  or check out some of our other great Super Bowl recipes:

Cheddar Stuffed Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Almond Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

And hey, thank you for reading this post!  We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to comment below or even write us a testimonial here!

Super Bowl Snack Challenge: Steak and Eggs Tot-Chos (Tater Tot Nachos)

Tater Tot NachosA while back I was at a non-kosher restaurant with some co-workers. While I sat there and ate the sandwich I snuck in from the kosher deli down the street, they chowed done on some tasty looking food.  One of the appetizers that was ordered for the table was Tot-Chos, a nacho dish with all the fixings, including a fried egg, where tater tots replace the chips. Everyone at the table really seemed to enjoy it and I knew I had to make my own version of it.

I decided to go with a steak and eggs version version, one of my favorite breakfasts, and I love anything with with a fried egg on it. I left out any sort of dairy to keep it kosher, but if you wanted to you could swap out the the steak for a cheese sauce or salsa verde sour cream, or if you don’t need it be kosher you could do both. The toppings I list are just suggestions. I have also included a recipe for guacamole and Pico de gallo to get you started but if you don’t have the ingredients for one of them or simply don’t like it, feel free to leave it out.  If you have some other ideas for toppings let us know in the the comments. This a great party recipe and scales well. I made it for the Super Bowl last year and people devoured it. Try it for your for your Super Bowl party next week and let us know how people enjoyed it.




Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s version of Super Bowl nachos, Nacho Jalapeno Cheese Crisps  or some of our other Super Bowl Recipes:

Cheddar Stuffed Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Almond Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies


Recipe: Steak and Eggs Tot-Chos (Tater Tot Nachos)

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Tater Tot Nachos
Tot-chos AKA Tater Tot Nachos
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

That's right, it's tater tot nachos.  Makes a great party snack, appetizer, or side dish. 

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: nachos, party, super bowl
Servings: 8 People
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 1 32 oz Bag Frozen Tater Tots
Suggested Toppings
  • Sour Cream
  • Pico de Gallo Recipe below
  • Cheese Sauce
  • Guacamole Recipe below
  • Fried Egg
  • Sliced Steak
  • Giardiniera
  • Salsa
  1. Bake the tater tots on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.  I like to bake them a little hotter and a little longer than the package recommends so they are a crispier. This will also help prevent them from getting soggy when you top them.

  2. Layer on your choice of toppings and enjoy.

Recipe: Guacamole

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Italian Beef Tacos
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

A party dip classic with a little kick.

Course: Dip
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 2 Medium Ripe Avocados Pitted, peeled, and roughly chopped
  • 1 Small Red Onion Diced
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes Optional
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork until desired texture is achieved. Serve immediately.

Recipe: Pico de Gallo

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Mojo Chicken Tacos
Pico de Gallo
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

A fresh salsa that is quick and easy to make.  It is great for brightening up a dish by bringing a pop of acid.

Course: Dip
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 3 Plum Tomatoes Diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Small Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Small White Onion Diced
  • 1 Cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro Substitute with parsley if you don't like cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeno Diced, optional
  • Salt and Pepper To taste
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
  1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.  Let chill in the refrigerator for an hour for the flavors to come together before serving. 

Happy Tu BiShvat! Coffee Coconut Date Balls

Happy Tu BiShvat, a.k.a. Rosh Hashanah for the trees!  In honor of this special New Year, why not challenge Daniel to an ingredient showdown and feature one of the 7 species – the humble date!  No, I’m not talking about a romantic walk on the beach or a candlelight dinner with your boo, but rather the sweet and sticky dessert-like treat that is native to Israel (sorry, I couldn’t help it)!  Dates are so versatile and they can be used in both savory and sweet treats!

So while Daniel may be whipping up something deliciously decadent and laden with meat (obviously), I’m going old school.  This was one of the first recipes I developed for my other (food and fashion) blog  It’s been such a favorite among my readers and fellow food-eaters that I’ve done different versions of it over the years as well (mocha chocolate chip date balls, poppy-seed vanilla date balls – you name it)!  But time and time again, I always come back to this classic.

This is the dessert treat that I’m known to make for a family with a new baby – since it’s the perfect bite for nursing mothers!  My friend Joy had a baby a few years ago and of course I made her and her family a feast of a dinner and included a batch of these date balls.  She emailed me immediately and said it was the perfect middle-of-the-night bite when she needed some sustenance as she nurses her newborn at 3 a.m.  Granted, you can always omit the coffee, though it’s not a lot in the whole batch but if you are sensitive to it, just don’t include it!  What’s great too is that this recipe is so versatile and a great base for making it your own.  Sometimes I add cinnamon or maybe a scoop of vanilla protein powder or vanilla extract.  Sometimes I mix up the different coffee flavors!  And I might even add a few tablespoons of raw cocoa powder to amp up the richness of these bites of heaven.

My favorite part is how little time it takes to whip up a batch.  Add your ingredients into a food processor, roll them into balls, dust with coconut, freeze or refrigerate on wax paper until firm.  That’s it.  No oven to pre-heat or dough to make, or waiting for the dough to rise, or even a gazillion steps or ingredients.  But probably my FAV part about making these?  Even my picky-eating husband is a fan.

L’chaim to that! 🙂

5 from 1 vote
Coffee Coconut Date Balls
Prep Time
20 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
22 mins
Servings: 20 Date Balls
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1 cup Dates I like Deglet Noor - they're softer and they come pitted in a big container from Costco (make your prep so much easier)
  • 2/3 cup Nuts Any type you have on hand is good - I like to mix it up between pecans, almonds, walnuts and cashews
  • 2 tbsp Ground Coffee I don't mind using ground coffee in this recipe but you could always add some cold brew or cooled coffee
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Dairy-Free milk I like using almond milk
  • 1 cup, divided into 1/2 cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Optional (or you could do maple extract which would be delish)
  1. Add the nuts into the bowl of a food processor and grind until finely ground (don't over-process or you'll end up with nut butter).

  2. Add the dates, 1/2 cup of coconut coconut, nut milk, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla (if using) and salt.

  3. Pulse until the mixture comes together kind of like a sticky dough.  Check the consistency to make sure it's dry enough to roll into a ball but not too sticky where it won't form.  

  4. Using a mini ice cream scoop, form the mixture into small balls and roll in the other 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.

  5. Place on a sheet of wax paper and freeze for 2 hours until firm or you can set them in the fridge.  If it's warm outside, it'll take a bit longer to set up, but they'll still be firm enough to eat.  I like mine frozen so I keep some there, anytime I need to deliver a batch of these date balls!

Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s Tu BiShvat date recipe: Mergez Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Beef Bacon


Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Let’s do a little experiment.  Can I get your attention with just one word?  How about CHOCOLATE!  See, didn’t that do the trick? 🙂

Okay, let’s get down to some chocolate business here. Let’s talk about chocolate avocado pudding.  I know…it sounds bizarre.  But trust me, something magical happens when take ripe, creamy avocados and blend them into the base of what makes this luscious chocolate pudding.  But fear not, there’s no green color or avocado flavor in the final result.  Nope, just a boost of healthy fats and rich perfection, and this pudding is the perfect snack for a cold winter’s day.  Maybe top it with some cool whipped cream, add some fresh strawberries and chopped mint?  Or you can eat this along side some piping hot chocolate and you have a major choc fest happening.

I don’t know why chocolate pudding reminds me of a day cuddling up in bed, watching a good movie – maybe it just reminds me of home, of my childhood?  This isn’t quite your old fashioned Snack Pack pudding that you had in your lunchbox.  Ah, this is your childhood favorite re-imagined –  healthier and better!  Also, bonus points for this recipe being gluten-free, vegetarian AND vegan, keto-friendly, paleo, egg-free, nut-free and sugar-free!  I use a delicious sugar-substitute called Swerve (check it out below).  It’s a sugar alcohol made from erythritol and doesn’t spike your blood sugar and measures equal to sugar (just a little hint – I’ve found Swerve on sale sometimes at Jewel, so check it out in the baking aisle).

The first time I made this pudding, my smart husband took one bite and exclaimed “is there avocado in this?”  How in the hell did you know that?!  He’s just a bloodhound when it comes to finding the one “green” ingredient, and avoiding it at all costs.  But since I blew that cover, I always attempt to hide other veggies in his food, sans avocado.

I’ve learned my lesson with him.  Oh well.  Hope the rest of you enjoy it! 🙂

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Recipe

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Kosher
Keyword: Avocado Pudding
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced, peeled
  • 3/4 cup Swerve or use sugar, or sugar subsitute
  • 1 tbsp maple extract you can use vanilla instead
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Add the coconut cream (first) into the container of a high-speed blender.  This step is important to put in the liquid/cream first so it's easier to blend.

  2. Add the avocados, sweetener, extract, cinnamon, and sea salt.

  3. Blend on high speed for 1 minute until fully combined.

  4. Chill in the fridge for a few hours to set up (it'll be good otherwise, but will be slightly runnier at room temp, and I prefer it cold).

  5. Place in serving bowls, garnished with sliced strawberries (yum) and freshly chopped mint. 

Don’t forget to check out some of our other great dessert recipes: Boozy Eggnog Custard Filled Doughnuts and Dairy-free maple cinnamon custard

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