Who doesn’t love a some good old chili cheese fries from your favorite coney island or diner? They are one of the tastiest American foods as well as one of the unhealthiest. I’ve completely altered the typical chili cheese fries recipe to create a healthy raw vegan version. While I’ve removed the greasy fried starchy potatoes, fattening cheese, and the meat, (so all the ingredients from the typical version) my version uses a jicama as the main ingredient.
What the heck is a jicama? I just recently learned, and it is close to becoming my favorite vegetable (pronounced h-k-ca-ma.) It’s a light, crisp, and slightly sweet root vegetable grown in South America and it is popular in Mexican food. The best part of this vegetable is that it is so good eaten raw and has a similar texture to me as an apple.
That’s exactly what I did in this recipe, the only preparation for the jicama is slicing it up into ‘french fry’ size strips or you could use a mandarin to finely chop them into thin chips.
While the Jicama tastes great on its own, it’s even better with a few raw healthy ingredients that give them a kick and truly make them taste like chili cheese fries.
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp olive oil
3 tsp chili power
sea salt to taste
Cut of the end of the Jicama then peel off the skin.
Then chop into pieces depending on how you like your fries–Either skinny matchstick fries, thicker ‘steak fries,’ or even potato chip size.
In a large bowl, add some olive oil to coat them, some apple cider vinegar. mix well and make sure they are all coated.
Add some cayane or ground chili.
Add a two tablespoons of nutritional yeast (important for cheese flavor)
Mix well and make sure all fries are coated.
Add salt to taste.
Be shocked how much they look like real french fries and enjoy!