We tried Lizzo’s hack for making vegan ‘Cheesy Takis’

Lizzo’s hack for making vegan “Cheesy Takis” is taking TikTok by storm.

But can they really compete with actual cheese? At first glance, it seems the answer is yes.


EAT UR FEELINGS WITH ME: cheezy takis edition

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Lizzo posted the recipe earlier this year, adding yet another viral food hack to her résumé.

The formula? A package of Takis and an array of vegan alternatives. This recipe makes vegan cheese out of tofu, sweet potatoes, nutritional yeast and at least a half-dozen other surprising ingredients.

That’s why we had to try this ourselves to find out how good it really is. To see what happened, keep reading below or watch the video above.

How to make Lizzo’s ‘Cheesy Takis’

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Japanese sweet potatoes
  • High-protein tofu
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Habañero hot sauce
  • Vegan smoked Gouda
  • A bag of Takis

First off, it’s worth noting that Lizzo doesn’t use any measurements for this recipe. It’s all about taste and texture here, so feel free to stop and test your “cheese” as you go.

To start, boil the sweet potatoes, saving the water when you’re finished. In the meantime, wrap the tofu in paper towels, then stack a heavy dish or weight on top to help drain the liquid. Slice both the potatoes and the tofu when they’re done.

Add the potatoes and tofu to a blender, then throw in some diced garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and about a quarter of an onion, thinly sliced. Then add a few drops of habañero hot sauce and a couple of slices of vegan Gouda, which should help with texture.

Pour in a few tablespoons of the sweet potato water, then blend until a thick, smooth mixture forms. Once you have the consistency and taste to your liking, serve it hot over a bowl of Takis.

This stuff was almost shockingly delicious. The vegan sauce doesn’t taste exactly like cheese, but it’s extremely tasty and about as close as possible. Plus, the combo with the crunchy, spicy Takis is a match made in heaven. We definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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