Are you a potato fanatic? Then you’ll love these 31 vegan recipes with potatoes, including crispy french fries, tater tots, mashed potatoes, and more! Like it cheesy? Want some summertime vegan potato salad? You’ve come to the right place! Find vegan versions of all your favorite potato recipes all in one place!
If you’re a fan of the potato, you’ve got company. Millions of people around the world claim potatoes as their favorite food. It’s understandable because potatoes create a delicious base on which many flavors can be today. Today I’m answering some of the most frequently asked questions about potatoes and sharing some delicious vegan recipes with potatoes!
Can you eat potatoes if you are vegan?
Yes, you can eat potatoes as a vegan. In fact, potatoes, a starchy, nutrient-rich vegetable, is a great part of a vegan food because they’re plant-based.
Here are some of the best ways you can prepare potatoes as part of a vegan diet:
- Baked Potatoes: use plant-based toppings like vegan butter, vegan cheese, coconut yogurt, or even smoky almond slivers (instead of bacon) for toppings.
- Mashed Potatoes: replace butter with olive oil and plant-based milk, like almond milk, for dairy milk to make vegan mashed potatoes.
- French Fries: it’s a no-brainer that french fries should be vegan (see recipe below for a healthier version of french fries), but it’s possible that some restaurants could use lard or animal-based seasonings, so it doesn’t hurt to ask when you’re out to eat.
- Potato Salad: use vegan mayo and tofu scramble in place of hardboiled eggs and you’ve got yourself some delicious plant-based potato salad!
Are French Fries Vegan?
It’s surprising to note that not all french fries are vegan. In fact, the famous case at McDonald’s in the early 2000’s was that they were adding beef flavoring to their fries. It appeared that the beef flavoring actually had some beef in it. Because they reported their fries as vegetarian, this was alarming and made big headlines.
Are Potatoes Healthy?
It’s such a loaded question, because some people will argue that potatoes are starchy and therefore high in carbohydrates. I would like to posit, however, that potatoes are actually good for you, but with one condition: you must eat the skin. As with every other plant-based foods, a lot of the nutrients (and fiber) can be found in the skin.
We make our mashed potatoes with the skin, our french fries with the skin, and so on. In addition, we’re careful about those toppings. As said above, too many high-fat toppings can make for an unhealthy potato dish very quickly. Stick with plant-based toppings and you’ll be fine.
What Kinds of Potatoes do you Cook With?
In the United States alone, there are over 200 varieties of potatoes sold. Even though Ireland is known for its potatoes, did you know that potatoes originated in North America? I learned that potatoes were imported to Europe in my interview with Dr. Libby O’Connell about the history of food. For the purposes of the recipes below, we focus on mostly the following types of potatoes:
- The Russet — It has a dark brown skin and white flesh. It’s great for baking potatoes, french fries, and roasting.
- Red Potatoes — These red-skinned potatoes are our favorite and we use them for soups, mashed potatoes, and in recipes like curries.
- Sweet Potatoes — Orange-skinned sweet potatoes make a great addition to many recipes. Because they have a high sugar content (and high beta carotene content as well), they cook relatively quickly. That means you can add sweet potatoes to soups, veggie burgers, serve them as fries, and more.
Obviously there are more potato varieties from around the world that you can choose to cook with. These are just some of the most popular and favorite varieties used in the recipes below.
Vegan Recipes with Potatoes
So, let’s get to the fun part, the best vegan recipes with potatoes. I’ve gathered some of my favorite recipes for you so you can enjoy delicious vegan recipes and share them with your friends and family.
Potatoes for Breakfast
Every day needs a good start and there’s no better way to do it than having a good breakfast. Here are some of our favorite breakfast vegan recipes with potatoes. Here’s some more vegan breakfast recipes too!
These Gluten-free Sweet Potato Biscuit Sandwiches make a delicious, cheesy vegan breakfast recipe! It’s surprising that a sweet potato can add so much to this sandwich, but it works!
These Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls make for an indulgent weekend breakfast or brunch recipe. We like to freeze any leftovers so we can pop one in the toaster oven for a random, delicious cinnamon roll breakfast any day of the week.
I love this Vegan Bean Veggie Potato Hash from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen. It looks so wholesome!
Or how about these loaded breakfast potatoes from Vegan Yack Attack? I say a loud YAS to all of these vegan potato breakfast recipes!
Also, don’t miss out on these vegan potato pancakes thanks to the site From My Bowl.
Potatoes for Lunch
This vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Veggie Burger is made with lots of healthy, wholesome ingredients. You can make a batch of these on the weekend and enjoy the veggie burgers for lunch! At least that’s our favorite way to do it!
This crispy black bean and potato burrito also includes corn and brown rice, in addition to salsa and all the right seasonings. This is a regular repeat at our household!
This Green Bean Al Fresco is such an unusual recipe, but it’s so delicious! I use green beans in place of pasta and add some roasted potatoes, tomatoes, and black olives to create interesting bites at every turn. You’ll love the seasonings that really set this lunch dish to another level!
Soups and Stews Featuring Potatoes
Many of these soups and stews recipes can be used for lunch or dinner (or both)! I like making fresh pot of soup for dinner and then serving leftovers for lunch in the days that follow. Here are some of my favorite soups and stews that include potatoes in the recipe.
You’ll love the little bites of potatoes in this Pinto Bean Soup. It makes a filling, healthy lunch option. It’s so easy to pack soups and heat them up in the office microwave for a few minutes.
This vegan beef stew is made with carrots, potatoes and vegan beef pieces you can buy at most health food stores (including Sprouts or Natural Grocers). We’ve shared this recipe with vegans and non-vegans alike and everyone has loved it.
Sure, this recipe is called vegan cheeseburger soup, but can you imagine a cheeseburger served without potatoes? That’s why we included potatoes in this creamy, cheesy soup. I think you’ll agree that it’s a perfect potato recipe too!
This Quinoa and Potato Minestrone Soup is something we make on repeat at our house. Sometimes we’ll use pasta instead of the quinoa, but I prefer the gluten-free grain instead of pasta. Shawn needs a heartier soup and the quinoa and potatoes really adds a lot of hearty deliciousness in every bite.
Also, I love this vegan cauliflower and potato soup from the Spruce. Makes me want to grab a bottle of sriracha and go to town!
Potato Snacks and Appetizers
Potatoes are so versatile you can even serve them as snacks and appetizers. Take, for example the french fry. You can serve them plain (with ketchup, of course), or top them with veggie crumbles, vegan cheese, and more! Here are some delicious potato snacks and appetizers for your dining enjoyment.
These air fryer french fries are made with minimal oil because they’re cooked in an air fryer that circulates hot air around the potatoes. The net result is a batch of crispy fries that are healthier than deep-fried fries. We love to add sea salt and serve with a generous portion of ketchup!
We made these rainbow french fries by using a variety of colored potatoes and even carrots. Once they’re baked, salted, and dipped in ketchup, it’s all the same!
These sweet potato tater tots are pretty easy to make and really satisfy that tater tot craving! These tater tots are baked, not fried, and that makes them a healthier option. Serve with ketchup or even something crazy like vegan ranch dressing!
This seven layer sweet potato dip may be my favorite dip ever. It’s healthy because it’s made with sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans, avocados and more healthy, wholesome ingredients. Once the layers are arranged, serve with tortilla chips or sliced veggies and enjoy!
Look at these spicy potato nacho bites by I Love Vegan. They look delicious and perfect for snacking!
I love these crispy potato spinach balls from Brand New Vegan. Who knew spinach could look so good!
Side Dish Potato Recipes
Potatoes make a perfect side dish ingredient. They can take on the flair and flavors of whatever main dish you’re serving. Here are some of our favorite side dish potato recipes.
These vegan garlic mashed potatoes are so easy to make. I think that’s because we leave the skins on and we prefer hand-mashing to getting out the electric mixer. I like to add a few pieces of garlic to the recipe to add additional flavor as well.
Sweet potato dinner rolls are a perfect side dish to any recipe you’re fixing. I love to make a batch of these and then freeze them so I can pull out a couple of rolls to heat up in the toaster oven for dinner. They’re pretty easy to make and I love the orange color thanks to the sweet potatoes.
Summertime means vegan potato salad in our house! It’s a perfect side dish for veggie burgers, or whatever you’re fixing! I use my mom’s recipe and veganize it by using vegan mayo and tofu scramble for the boiled eggs. It works!
I know this Harvest Salad sounds pretty fall-themed, but you could serve it any time of the year. Interestingly enough, I add chopped sweet potatoes to the recipe for added flavor and texture. It’s an undeniably delicious salad that could be served as a side dish, or even as your main dish for lunch!
You’ll definitely want to check out these vegan scalloped potatoes by Connoisseurus Veg.
Main Dish Potato Recipes
The potato goes prime time with these delicious, tantalizing main dish potato recipes.
We like our vegan shepherd’s pie piled high with potatoes! Beneath that delicious layer of vegan mashed potatoes is a thick, savory vegetable stew with peas and corn. It’s a comfort food bonanza!
This wild rice sweet potato skillet recipe is so easy to make, you won’t believe it! And if “easy” were the only criteria that matters, then you’d be happy, but we want great flavor too. This recipe is teeming with both!
This is an older recipe, but it’s a favorite go-to any day of the week: the vegan loaded baked potato! If you’ve got a can of vegetarian chili on hand, then simply top a baked potato with chili, vegan cheese, chopped onions, vegan sour cream, and any other favorite fixin’s that comes to mind!
Vegan Beef Pot Pie is everything you could imagine and more. There’s vegan beef (yes, that’s actually a thing), in a thick, savory stew of potatoes, peas, and more! And we top that with a crispy whole wheat crust.
This is a slow cooker sweet potato chili recipe that anyone can make because it’s so easy. It’s another thing I love about sweet potatoes, because they cook so quickly, you can throw the sweet potatoes into this chili raw and let them cook in the slow cooker. It’s chili perfection in every bowl!
This vegan twice baked potato recipe is so cheesy and delicious, you’ll want to have an extra on hand for leftovers. Maybe that’s why this recipe makes three! I use a sweet potato and nutritional yeast flakes to create a nice, cheesy flavor in the twice baked potatoes. Perfection!
And look at this vegan cheesy baked potato with broccoli recipe from Serious Eats! It’s drool-worthy!
There you have it, 31 amazing vegan recipes with potatoes.
Now you have enough recipes to get you through the month! And whichever of these tasty vegan recipes with potatoes you choose to make, enjoy!