Here are over 31 vegan recipes with potatoes, including crispy french fries, tater tots, mashed potatoes, and more. Like it cheesy? Want some summertime vegan potato salad recipes? 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’re Vegan?
You might be wondering, are potatoes vegan. The answer is, yes, potatoes are a plant and therefore vegans can eat potatoes. In fact, potatoes, a starchy, nutrient-rich vegetable, make a great part of a vegan food diet because they’re plant-based.
However, not all potato recipes are vegan. In fact, many potato recipes are loaded with butter, dairy, and even meat like bacon. The good news is it’s easy to make your favorite potato recipes vegan.
We’ll get into some specific recipes below, but first, here are some of the best ways you can prepare potatoes as part of a vegan diet:
- For Vegan Baked Potato Recipes: use plant-based toppings like vegan butter, vegan cheese, coconut yogurt, or even smoky almond slivers (instead of bacon) for toppings. Vegan baked potatoes are delicious!
- Mashed Potatoes: replace butter with olive oil and plant-based milk, like almond milk to make vegan mashed potato recipes.
- 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 2000s 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 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. See below for some of my favorite vegan red potato recipes.
- 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. You’ll love all the sweet potato vegan recipes below.
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.
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 are some more vegan breakfast recipes, too.
These Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls make for an indulgent weekend breakfast or brunch recipe. It’s true you can make any of your favorite sweet potato recipes vegan! When it comes to these cinnamon rolls, I 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.
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
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.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Veggie Burgers
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 in our household.
Vegan Black Bean Burrito
Soups & Stews Featuring Potatoes
Many of these soups and stews recipes can be used for lunch or dinner (or both). I like making a 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.
Vegan Pinto Bean Soup
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.
Vegan Beef Stew
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.
Vegan Potato Soup
This vegan potato soup is so easy to make. It’s so good and creamy, it’s like comfort food in a bowl!
Vegan Cheeseburger Soup
This Quinoa and Potato Minestrone Soup is something we make on repeat at our house. Sometimes we’ll use pasta instead of quinoa, but I prefer the gluten-free grain instead of pasta. Shawn needs a heartier soup and the quinoa and potatoes really add a lot of hearty deliciousness in every bite.
Quinoa Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup
Also, I love this vegan cauliflower and potato soup from the Spruce. Who doesn’t love vegan potato soup recipes? They’re perfect for the fall. In fact, it makes me want to grab a bottle of sriracha and go to town.
Potato Snacks & 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. If you love vegan russet potato recipes, this is the best! I love to add sea salt and serve them with a generous portion of ketchup.
Air Fryer French Fries
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.
Sweet Potato Tater Tots
Make these healthy, crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges for your next tasty snack. Using an air fryer helps you creme crispy fries with minimal oil.
Air Fryer Potato Wedges
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.
Air Fryer Potatoes
If you’re looking for a simple roasted potatoes side dish, this air fryer potatoes recipe is perfect. Serve these herbed potatoes as a side dish for your favorite veggie burger nights.
Sweet Potato Dip
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 the electric mixer. I like to add a few pieces of garlic to the recipe to add additional flavor as well.
Vegan Mashed Potatoes
These cheesy vegan Scalloped Potatoes are so easy to make and yet absolutely delicious. If you think you can’t have the best of comfort food as a vegan, this recipe will show you otherwise.
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
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.
Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
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!
Vegan Potato Salad
You’ll definitely want to check out these vegan scalloped potatoes by Connoisseurus Veg.
Vegan Potato Main Dish Recipes
The potato goes prime time with these delicious, tantalizing vegan potato dinner recipes.
I love this 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. When it comes to vegan potato recipes main dish themed, this is a comfort food bonanza!
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
When it comes to vegan potato curry recipes, this Chickpea Curry really takes the cake! This recipe has all the veggies, including carrots, peas, and potatoes. I love that it comes together in one pot — it’s so simple to make and delicious.
Vegan Chickpea Curry
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!
Wild Rice and Sweet Potato Skillet Dinner
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 fixins that comes to mind.
Loaded Vegan Baked Potatoes
Looking for vegan potato casserole recipes? This 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.
Vegan Beefless Pot Pie
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.
Sweet Potato Chili
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 sweet potato and nutritional yeast flakes to create a nice, cheesy flavor in the twice-baked potatoes. Perfection!
Vegan Twice-Baked Potatoes
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!