Vegan Chorizo Rice Bowl

As I mention on my About page, the purpose of my blog is to show new vegans, or potential vegans that a plant-based diet does NOT mean sacrificing substantial and flavorful meals. The idea of veganism has come a long way in the past few years and plant-based food products/brands have made it easier for individuals to make that decision and stick to it!

Vegan Meat Substitutes

Although you can make black bean burgers, or cauliflower “wings” at home, sometimes buying pre-made vegan meat replacements at your local grocery store (or Wholefoods) is the lazy route you want to go, not to mention the taste and texture is more realistic. Obviously, this is not the most wholesome and healthy route but it sure is helpful when starting your journey.


One of my favorite “meaty” substitutes is the Tofurkey Chorizo! And since I literally became vegan right before Chipotle added chorizo to their line-up of toppings, I quickly discovered this product and decided to make my own rice bowl to control my vegan newbie craving.

Tofurkey Chorizo – Cooking Directions

  • Pour 1 tsp of olive oil on a skillet over medium heat
  • Place chorizo in skillet and spread it out evenly
  • Allow to cook for 4-6 minutes, depending on how crispy you like it
  • Stir/flip continuously so that all sides cook evenly


Vegan Queso

Newly Vegan Me:     Vegan queso?…hmmm…let’s see how this goes – tries Hot For Food Nacho Cheese  Holy shit!…VEGAN QUESO!!!

Before I had the absolute pleasure of trying this Hot For Food Nacho Cheese (or queso as I like to call it) I had only tried cashew based vegan cheeses and wasn’t too convinced with the flavor and the texture was just to thick for my taste. Of course I’ve warmed up to that style now but even still, I prefer this recipe because it is cashew-free. Instead, it is basically potato/carrot based and along with all the other ingredients below, it creates the perfect (almost too perfect) vegan queso sauce, dip, nacho cheese, etc!

Ingredients (1 1/2 Cup serving):

  • 1 C peeled, cubed, cooked white potato
  • 1/2 C peeled, cubed, cooked carrot
  • 1/4 C sunflower oil
  • 1/4 C non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 6 pickled jalapeño slices (medium spice level, if you like mild like me do 3 or 4)
  • 3 tbsp pickled jalapeño liquid (1 or 2 for mild spice level)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot flour (I sub cornstarch because it’s easier to find)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Peel, cube and boil the potatoes and carrots in pot of water for approx. 10 mins.
  • Do NOT cook potatoes for too long because they will become starchy and your sauce will not be smooth
  • Drain them from the boiling water and add to a high-speed blender immediately
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and combine until smooth


Rice Bowl Creation

Now that everything is cooked, made and ready the easy part is throwing it all in a big ass bowl (or small) and chomping down like the hungry savage you are (or at least I am lol)! Below is the complete list of ingredients I used for this meal, but as always, make it your own and experiment with other veggies or toppings and let us know what worked best for you!

Ingredients:       AMOUNTS TO PREFERENCE

  • White Rice
  • Tofurkey Chorizo
  • Canned black beans (place in small sauce pan over medium heat to warm)
  • Canned corn (place in small sauce pan over medium heat to warm)
  • Tomato, diced
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Queso
  • Crushed tortilla chips


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Hello internet world! My name is Jess and I welcome you to my experimental, hopefully long-lasting and successful vegan food blog! Eleven months ago (September 2016), I made the decision to discontinue my carnivorous ways and change to a mostly plant-based diet. As a month or so past, I figured why not try this whole "vegan" thing and completely cut out not only flesh, but dairy, eggs, and any other animal bi-products from my diet and lifestyle. I am now coming up on a year since my journey began and I feel better than ever! This lifestyle choice is extremely beneficial for so many reasons including personal health, the environment and of course loving instead of eating and mistreating our fellow earthlings. Prior to making my positively life-changing decision I had always had the thought of doing it in the back of my mind. Coming from a Hispanic family and culture where multiple forms of meat are crucial to every meal, I never thought I could actually really commit to it long-term. Once I dove in to this challenge I realized it really wasn't even a massive challenge and every day after a delicious meal I thought to myself, "Hey this isn't bad at all!" The purpose of this blog is to highlight the abundance of vegan-friendly products that are out there and how I included them in my every day, easy to make meals during my transition and even now. I've always been a food lover and am eager to indulge in tasteful meals, snacks and desserts. So whether you are vegan already, interested in becoming one but don't know where to start, or you are just curious to experience the awesomeness of vegan foods, TURN ON your vegan self and check out these amazing options that are just waiting to be made by YOU!

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