February 3, 2011
I wish I could take the credit for inventing this dip, because it’s greatness. You have to understand; I love chips and dips more than almost anything so when I tell you a dip is greatness, I mean it’s G-R-E-A-T-N-E-S-S!
I hear that Bob Armstrong dip originated with a Mexican food chain called Mattito’s. It’s one of those off-the-menu items that everyone knows about and orders, so you know it has to be good. Mattito’s version starts with their cheese queso with a blob of ground beef plopped on top, along with a scoop of guacamole and a dollop of sour cream. Then it’s stirred all around and gobbled up with tortilla chips.
It sounds weird, but trust me, it’s scrumptious. At least the vegan version I make is, since I’ve never tasted the meaty original.
Let me give credit where credit is due…I found the recipe for vegan Bob Armstrong dip on the Dallas Vegan blog. You start with a batch of vegan queso, which can be the tricky part. There are a couple of good ones available online and at stores like Whole Foods, but I’m a me-do-it kind of a girl, so I follow the suggestions from DallasVegan.com and make my own. It actually comes out fabulous; beyond what I ever expected. But it gets even better…
Next, add a whole package of sauteed Upton’s Naturals Ground Beef Style Seitan into it. You can stop there, and be perfectly happy with an excellent vegan version of that Velveeta dip that is required at any Super Bowl party. But don’t stop! Add a scoop of Tofutti Sour Cream and your favorite guacamole, either homemade or store-bought. Stay with me!
Something magical happens when you stir in the sour cream and guacamole. You get an unbelievable creamy texture that makes the whole thing sing! It’s creamy and spicy and cool and hot and tangy and cheesy; all in perfect dippy balance!
The first time I made this concoction, I literally inhaled the whole bowl by myself, and I have to admit I was making the “nom nom” sounds that my cats make when they’re really relishing their food.
Bob isn’t photogenic, but he’s delicious! I do have to confess that I could have taken a little more care in setting up these photos, but I was in too big of a hurry to eat Bob!
I conducted a highly-scientific experiment and took a batch of this to my carnivorous office, and guess what? Voila, Bob vanished! Try your own experiment at this year’s Super Bowl Party, and take vegan Bob Armstrong dip along. There’s no reason to tell people that Bob’s vegan now…until after he’s in their happy little full bellies! :-)