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Being a vegetarian most of my life, I’ve never had a Philly Cheesesteak before. I didn’t actually know what I was missing until I went to Philly and had my very first Philly Cheesesteak, and boy was I in love. After returning from my trip, I tried a ton of recipes, but none of them tasted as good as what I had in Philly. My friend Jenny, who lived in Philly for a while came to the rescue and sent me her recipe. Over the past few years I have made some alterations to her original recipe, and below you will find my version of her recipe…for a very tasty Veggie Philly Cheesesteak that even meat eaters will love
Shhhh…don’t tell anyone, but the secret is in the cheese and the spicy mayo.

Veggie Cheesesteak Ingredients


(Makes 2-3 Veggie Philly Cheesesteaks)

  • 1 Package Seitan Strips (chicken or regular style)
  • 1 Small White Onion
  • 1 Small Green Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno, without the seeds
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS Tamari
  • 1 TBS Ghee or Olive Oil
  • White American Cheese, sliced thin (you could also use Cheese Whiz)
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Hot Sauce, to taste (Cholula is my preference)
  • 2-3 Sub Buns
  • Spicy Mayo


  1. Cut up the pepper, onion and jalapeno (without seeds) into strips. If you cannot find seitan in strips, you can buy the cubes and cut it into strips.
  2. Heat 1 TBS of ghee over medium heat.
  3. Sauté onion, garlic and peppers until soft (about 8 minutes).

sauted veggies

  1. Add jalapeno, seitan, a decent amount of pepper (approx. 1 tsp.), and 1 TBS of Tamari (don’t overdo it, this just adds a little bit of flavor).

saute meat and veggies

  1. Cook about 5 minutes to meld the flavors, then remove from heat.
  2. Cut an opening in the sub buns.
  3. LIGHTLY toast the buns. Mmmm…toasty buns.
  4. Open the sub bun and spread a bit of spicy mayo on both sides.
  5. Put a couple of slices of American cheese on the inside of the sub bun, it should stick nicely to the mayo.
  6. Cram a bunch of the seitan/onion/pepper mixture in between the cheese.

filled cheesesteak11. Top the cheesesteak with a few slices of American cheese, and pop it under the broiler in your oven until the cheese is melted.

cheese layer

12. Pull the cheesesteak out of the oven, slice it in half and eat the living crap out of it! Add extra hot sauce if needed.

Cheesesteak and kale

*Note: This isn’t one of my most healthy recipes, but it is definitely better for you than a real Philly Cheesesteak. If you want to lighten it up a bit more, you could go lighter on the cheese, use Greek yogurt to make your spicy mayo and use gluten-free bread.*

Cheesesteak eating

Happy Cheesesteaking!


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