This vegan chili cheese fries recipe is absolutely one of my favorite meals. Flavorful chili and creamy vegan cheese sauce over crispy oven baked fries? Heck yes, sign me up for more of that!
There is some work involved with this recipe as you need chili, cheese sauce and fries. But it’s worth the effort.
Skill: Intermediate | Time: 1 hr 55 min | Servings: 8
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Tips for Making Vegan Chili Cheese Fries
My best tip for making this recipe as quick and easy as possible is to gather some help! Since there’s a few components going on here, having a second pair of hands can speed up the process.
If that’s not possible, I would:
- Prep the vegetables for the cheese sauce and get them steaming
- As the cheese sauce vegetables steam, chop the chili vegetables
- Take the cheese sauce vegetables off the stove and start cooking the chili
- As the chili simmers, prep the fries and get them into the oven
- While the chili simmers and the fries bake, blend the cheese sauce
This order of steps is likely best to have everything come together in the shortest time frame possible. However, if you are new to cooking, multitasking like this may not be the best idea. In that case I would make the chili, then the fries followed by the cheese sauce.
Freezing Ingredients for Vegan Chili Cheese Fries
Both options can last up to 3 months in the freezer. I’m a huge fan of doing the work once and enjoying later!
Just image how easy this would be if all you had to do was take cheese sauce and chili from the freezer? Or even if one of those options was around?
Of course, this may not be feasible, but if you have the option to keep some staple foods around in the freezer, I recommend it!
Is this a Healthy Recipe?
I don’t like to classify food as healthy because it implies that other foods are unhealthy and therefore “bad” or something to feel guilty over. Despite popular rhetoric, all foods can fit into an overall balanced diet.
Instead of arbitrary classifications, I like to talk about the nutrition that a recipe provides (all food provides some level of nutrition).
Chili is a great way to get some tasty legumes into your diet! Legumes are packed with fiber, plant-based protein and minerals that may be harder to get enough of as a vegan (iron and zinc in particular).
The cheese sauce uses sweet potato and cauliflower so it’s a delicious way to increase the amount of vegetables you consume! The nutritional yeast, as it sounds, also provides quite the boost of nutrition, especially B-vitamins.
Let’s not forget about the nutrition in the good old white potato. White potatoes often get a bad rep but they are a great source of vitamin C which can help increase iron absorption. They also provide lots of potassium and contain fiber, especially if you leave the peels on.
Other Ways to Make this Vegan Chili Cheese Fries Recipe
There’s lots of variations possible when it comes to making vegan chili cheese fries. Some possibilities are:
- Use frozen French fries instead of making your own
- Substitute for store bought vegan cheese sauce or use vegan cheese shreds
- Any chili recipe you like will work
- Make sweet potato fries instead of regular French fries
I love to mix things up so I never get bored of the same things all the time.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please rate and comment below so others benefit from your experience.
More Deliciously Filling Vegan Dinner Recipes
Plant-based Chili Cheese Fries
- Baking tray
- Silicone baking mat
- Cutting Board
- Prepare a batch of creamy vegan cheese sauce.
- Prepare a batch of chili.
- Slice the potatoes into wedges. Place evenly onto a parchment (or silicone mat) lined baking tray. The fries will cook best if placed in a single layer. Drizzle with the oil and toss around to coat the potato wedges. Optional to add salt, pepper or other seasoning (onion powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika are nice!).
- Bake the fries at 400 °F for 15 minutes, flip over and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until both sides of the potato are golden brown.
- To serve, place a pile of fries in a bowl or on a plate and top with generous amounts of chili and creamy vegan cheese sauce. Top with chopped green onion if desired.