Make this vegan Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch recipe at home!

Vegan Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch
Serves 5
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. ¼ cup finely chopped roasted jalapeno peppers
  2. ¼ cup vegan mayo
  3. 1 recipe of vegan queso
  4. hard corn taco shells
  5. soft gordita tortillas
  6. 1- ½ cups of vegan three cheese blend. I used shredded mozzarella, cheddar and pepperjack
  7. 1 package of veggie ground-beef substitute
  8. ½ tsp chili powder
  9. ¼ tsp paprika
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  11. ½ tsp onion powder
  12. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  13. ¼ -1/2 tsp cayenne, depending on the desired amount of heat
  14. Finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  1. 1.Make 1 recipe worth of vegan queso and remove from heat.
  2. 2.Add in finely chopped jalapeno peppers and mix well.
  3. 3.Add vegan mayo, mix until well combined and set aside.
  4. 4.Heat coconut oil in a pan or skillet over medium heat.
  5. 5.Add minced garlic and cook for roughly 2 minutes.
  6. 6.Add chili powder, paprika, and onion powder and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.
  7. 7.Add veggie ground “meat” and cook until heated through.
  8. 8.Set aside and keep warm.
  9. 9.Gather your gorditas and set your oven to broil.
  10. 10.Top each gordita with a generous amount of the shredded cheese blend in an even layer.
  11. 11.Place these in the oven on the top rack for 30 seconds- 1 minute, or until the cheese has melted. A microwave works too- if you’re into that.
  12. 12.Remove from oven and place a hard taco shell in the middle of the gordita.
  13. 13.Gently press the gordita to the hard shell on each side until the melted cheese acts like a glue holding the soft and the hard taco shells together. Be careful NOT to press so hard that you crack the hard taco shell.
  14. 14.Allow the cheese to set for roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  15. 15.Once the cheese has set, build your taco.
  16. 16.Add to the shell first the taco meat, followed by the chilled Baja Sauce, and iceberg lettuce.
  17. 17.Enjoy.
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