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spicy vegan grilled cheese & beef sandwich

It’s national grilled cheese day once again! I love any excuse to eat carbs.

Now this creation is going out to anyone who grew up on beef and cheese. It’s a classic combination of beef, cheese, and white bread.

It’s about time I made a vegan version, but this one is spiced up a little, because I’m an adult now!

spicy grilled beef & cheese sandwich
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spicy vegan grilled cheese & beef sandwich

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled cheese, ice cream sandwiches, vegan beef, vegan grilled cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Author Lauren Toyota


ingredients (1 sandwich):

  • 1/4 C finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 1/2 C meatless ground round
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 of a block daiya jalapeño havarti wedge (or vegan cheese of your choice)
  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1-2 tsp sriracha


  1. In a pan over medium heat, sauté onion and olive oil for 2 mins until soft. Add pickled jalapeños, meatless ground round, chili powder, and a pinch of sea salt and cook for another 2-3 mins. Push this mixture to the side of the pan to make room for the bread.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread and place one slice, butter side down, into the pan.
  3. Place thin slices of jalapeño havarti wedge on the bread, covering it generously. Then scoop the meatless ground round mixture on top. Place the other slice of bread, butter side up, on top of that.
  4. Turn the heat to low, cover the pan with a lid, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until the cheese is gooey and melted and the bread is crispy and golden brown. Serve with ketchup mixed with sriracha for dipping.

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