Make the tofu bacon bits. These can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge or frozen. I almost always have these on hand because they are a great addition to any dish!
Make the nacho cheese. When preparing this recipe, add an extra ½ cup of water to the recipe (total water will be 1 ½ cups) so that the cheese is thinner and more pourable. This can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 3 - 5 days. Reheat over medium heat, adding more water if needed.
Make French Fries. Follow my recipe to make crispy baked French fries or you can make fries in an air-fryer. If using store-bought freezer fries, follow the instructions on the package.
To Make Vegan Cheese Fries: Once baked, pour all the fries onto the same baking sheet, or a serving dish. Drizzle generously with the nacho cheese. Sprinkle the tofu bacon bits on top. Garnish with any optional toppings as desired. Serve hot.
Oil-free: to make oil free simply make the fries without oil on parchment paper or silicon matt lined baking sheet. The nacho cheese and bacon bits are already oil-free.Make ahead: Both the nacho cheese and bacon bits can be made well ahead of time, and stored in the fridge in air-tight containers for a few days. Fries should be baked fresh.Make it full meal: To make this a bit healthier and more of a full meal, I love to add roasted broccoli and/or cauliflower in with the fries. Both broccoli and cauliflower take about 15 -20 minutes to roast, so you can add them to the oven in the last 20 minutes of baking the fries.Soaking fries: soaking the homemade fries before baking them will make for the crispiest fries, but if you forget or don't have the time, un-soaked fries will still be great, just less crispy.