Baked Vegan Taquitos with Seasoned Tofu and Cashew Queso
Crispy, crunchy, beefy, cheesy--these taquitos are the perfect comfort food. But wait, they're also vegan and oil-free! The combination of the taco-seasoned tofu crumbles and rich cashew queso make these an absolutely indulgent vegan treat that even your omni friends will love!
Over a large mixing bowl, use your hands to crumble a block of extra firm tofu.
Dice about half of a large white onion for ¾ of a cup. Add to the tofu crumbles.
Add the other spices to the bowl and mix to combine.
Spread the mixture onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mixture is nicely browned.
(Don't turn off the oven when you take them out because you'll need the oven again to bake the taquitos.)
Make the Cashew Queso
To make the cashew queso, boil 1 cup of unsalted cashews for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse. Add the cashews and the other main queso ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour the queso into a small pot and heat on low for 5 minutes, sirring with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and add diced cilantro, tomatoes, and green chiles. Click on the link above for the full instructions.
Roll and Bake the Taquitos
Warm the corn tortillas for 3 to 4 minutes in the oven or wrap in a damp paper towel and heat in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Place the warmed tortillas on a plate or shallow bowl and cover with another plate. This will keep them warm and soft.
In a large bowl, add the Tofu Crumbles and Cashew Queso and mix to create the taquito filling.
Place one corn tortilla on a plate or cutting board. Add about 2 tablespoon of the mixture in a line down the center of the tortilla. Fold one side of the tortilla over the mixture, using your fingers to tuck the edge of the tortilla up under the filling. Roll the tortilla and then place seamside-down on a baking sheet. Repeat this process for each tortilla. Leave space between each tortilla on the baking sheet so they can get crispy on each side.
Place the baking sheet with the taquitos in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tortillas are crunchy and lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite sauces: vegan sour cream or yogurt, salsa, guacamole, or pico de gallo. Enjoy!