Recipes » Appetizers » Vegan Chili Cheese Fries
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies


Potato Fries

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt to taste

Vegan Chili

  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup veggie broth
  • 2 cups bulgur, cooked
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce without anchovies
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp season salt
  • Small pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup onions, diced
  • ¼ cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup reserved broth from veggies
  • ½ cup raw cashews OR ½ cup white beans
  • 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Small pinch cayenne pepper (optional)


Potato Fries

  • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 2. Cook the potatoes whole in the microwave, wrapped in a damp paper towel for 3 minutes. If you prefer, they can be parboiled for about 5 minutes (slice them first). Precooking is important or they will come out chewy and less crisp.
  • 3. Once the potatoes are precooked and cooled, slice to the thickness that you prefer. Peeling the potatoes is optional. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, and a little salt. Place in the oven or air fryer at 400 degrees F for about 25 minutes. Flip halfway through.

Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1. In a medium pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Place potatoes, carrots, and onion in the pot and cook until veggies are tender, approximately 15 minutes.
  • 2. When the veggies are finished, drain and place in a blender. NOTE: reserve 1 cup of the broth, and add to blender. Add the remaining cheese sauce ingredients, and blend until smooth.
  • 3. Makes approximately 1 quart and can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Vegan Chili

  • 1. In sauce pan, saute diced onions until caramelized in 3 Tbsp of the veggie broth. Add veggie broth 1 Tbsp at a time as needed.
  • 2. Add the remaining chili ingredients and simmer for approximately 5 minutes. NOTE: Bulgur does need to be precooked. Bulgur is a whole wheat grain that is cooked exactly like rice in about 15 minutes (follow package directions). Bulgur adds a ground beef texture.

Chili Cheese Fries

  • 1. Start with the crispy fries then spoon the chili over the top and finish by drizzling with cheese sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Cooking Tips

  • 1. The cheese sauce can also be used as a nacho cheese dip, for mac-n-cheese, as a topping for steamed broccoli, or any recipe that needs a creamy, cheesy sauce.
  • 2. For even more flavor you can top your chili cheese fries with diced green onions.
  • 3. I like to make a big batch of bulgur in my rice steamer and store in the freezer to use in recipes like tacos, stews, chili beans, etc.

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