Delicious Vegan Philly Cheesesteak

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

Easy Vegan Philly Cheesesteak
Easy to make Vegan Philly Cheese Steak

A vegan Philly cheesesteak has never been easier or tastier to make than now. With so many plant-based meats available, the vegan world has opened up for experimenting with plant-based meats.

Impossible and beyond meat now gives vegans a variety of plant-based options to create dishes that you loved from before you became better than everyone else around you (aka being vegan). This vegan cheesesteak recipe uses the impossible meat brand group "beef" to create a delicious cheesesteak alternative.

What is a Philly Cheesesteak?

Philly cheesesteaks were made popular on the east coast but now are found almost everywhere in the county. Philly cheesesteaks are usually made with thinly sliced beef, onion, mushrooms, and of course cheese. For our recipe, we are gonna make it using all great vegan options!

What goes with a Vegan Philly Cheesesteak?

Cheesesteaks a lot of times are found on food trucks or at dive bars. So what better to eat a vegan cheesesteak with some great restaurant-style curly fires. Even some restaurant-style kettle chips will go well with this recipe although you do not need a side because this recipe is filling!


What goes in the Vegan Philly Cheesesteak?

  • The Meat (Impossible) - The best brand for this recipe is the impossible meat ground beef. You can usually find it in the frozen section or near the burgers. You can also use beyond meet or any beefless crumbles.

  • Peppers - Most Philly cheesesteaks have peppers in them. The best choice for this is the colorful red and orange bell peppers sliced thinly. Also if you like some heat fresh or pickled jalapenos are a great addition.

  • The Bread - The grinder is important. The biggest mistake is getting a grinder that can be stuffed with all the filling of a good vegan cheesesteak.

  • Onions - White onions or yellow onions will do but for this recipe, I prefer a big white onion.

  • Mushrooms - I used baby shitake mushrooms which bring a great flavor to the sandwich, but you could use traditional Bella mushrooms you find in the vegetable aisle.

  • Vegan Queso - Vegan queso preferably this brand (here) This is a great addition to the cheesesteak. If you cannot find the queso a dairy-free shredded cheese will work as well.

  • Worcestershire Sauce - Worcestershire sauce is not traditionally vegan so make sure you check to make sure it is! If you cannot find a vegan option a small amount of soy sauce will work as well.


How long does the recipe last?

This recipe probably won't last once you bite in. But if you do try to save this for multiple meals the best way to store is to store the filling separately and it will last 1-2 days in the refrigerator.


The Recipe


See the ingredient list above for replacements and descriptions.

  • 2 bell peppers

  • 1 package shitake mushrooms or equivalent

  • Vegan queso or dairy-free shredded cheese

  • Impossible meat or Beyond meat

  • 1 Large white onions

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • Grinders



  1. Thinly slice the bell peppers and the onions into 1/8 - 1/4 inch slices.

  2. Chop the shitake mushrooms into 1/2 inch pieces.

  3. If your bread is not pre-sliced, make sure to cut it in half.

For the Meat

  1. Add olive oil to the bottom of a cast-iron pan and heat to medium temperature.

  2. Add the sliced onions, mushrooms, and bell pepper to the cast iron pan.

  3. Cook the onions, mushrooms, and bell pepper until tender and translucent.

  4. In the same pan add the beyond/impossible meat

  5. Cook the beyond/impossible meat for about 5 minutes making sure to stir. (make sure the meat is separated enough)

  6. Add the 2 tablespoons worth of Worechestshire sauce to the mix and cook for another 3-5 mins making sure to not overcook.

  7. The key to this dish is making sure that the meat does not get overcooked!

  8. Once the meat is cooked and incorporated with the vegetables take the pan off the heat and set it aside.

The Sandwich

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375.

  2. While the oven is pre-heating load the bread with the contents from the pan.

  3. On top of the bread drizzle, the queso adds as much or as little as you want! (another great addition is vegan sour cream)

  4. Place the sandwich on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven.

  5. Remove the sandwich once the bread is a little crisp and enjoy!

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