healthy vegan chili cheese fries easy recipe

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

These vegan Chili Cheese Fries are a great comfort meal which will satisfy any cravings. The recipe is plant-based, gluten-free, comforting, and easy to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, chili, spicy, vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Michaela Vais



  • 5-6 potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet)
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or regular sugar
  • cooking spray

Seasonings for the fries:


  • 1 medium/big onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small/medium carrot, grated
  • 5-6 medium diced fresh tomatoes (560 g) or use canned (20 oz)
  • 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups cooked or canned beans (e.g. kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, white beans, or 1 cup of each)
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar or sub brown sugar or any other sweetener like maple syrup
  • spices: 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 3/4 tsp salt or less if you use vegetable broth, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp hot chili powder
  • 1-2 hot red chili peppers (I used 1, my boyfriend prefers 2)
  • 2 tsp oil or water for frying

Vegan Cheese


  • Watch the video (scroll down a bit) to see all instruction steps.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into about 1/2 inch-wide sticks. (I used a crinkle cut knife).
  • Place potato sticks in a bowl, sprinkle sugar over them. Set aside until liquid is released from the potatoes (20-25 minutes).
  • After 15 minutes, preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 C) and line 1 large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Drain liquid from potatoes and dry them well with kitchen paper.
  • Coat fries with the seasonings. You can also use cooking spray on them to make them even crispier but they also turn out crispy without oil.
  • Spread the fries into a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Flip halfway through. You can also use an air fryer and it will take less time (about 25 minutes at 400 degrees F).
  • Meanwhile, start making the chili. In a large pan or pot over medium heat, add in the oil. Sauté the onion and pepper for about 3-4 minutes, add the garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix in the tomatoes and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add all remaining ingredients, increase the heat and simmer for about 30-40 until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the fries are ready and the chili is done, make this 3-minute vegan cheese sauce (skip this step if you use store-bought cheese).
  • Serve the fries on a plate, ladle some chili over them and top with a layer of cheese sauce (or vegan cheese of choice). Garnish with fresh herbs.
  • Enjoy immediately!