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  • Makes one 13x9-inch casserole

This festive dish is a healthy reinvention of a greasy fast-food classic. Oven-baked steak-cut fries get smothered in a zesty homemade chili, then topped with a smooth potato-based cheesy sauce. Yum!

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries in a casserole dish


Fries and Cheesy Sauce
  • 4 pounds Russet potatoes, cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
  • 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Chili and Garnishes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (3 cups)
  • 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes (1½ cups)
  • 4 tablespoons mild (or hot) chili seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 stalks scallions, thinly sliced (¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 400℉.
  2. Place potato wedges in a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to saucepan to just below basket. Cover pan and steam potatoes 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Transfer ¼ of the potatoes to a bowl and set aside. Spread out the remaining potatoes in a 13x9-inch casserole dish; bake 20 minutes until fries are crispy and brown.
  3. For Cheesy Sauce, add milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and garlic powder to bowl with reserved steamed potatoes. Mix well, using a potato masher to mash the potatoes into a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. For chili, in a sauté pan, combine onion and garlic with ¼ cup of water. Sauté 10 minutes on medium heat until onion is tender, adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Add beans, tomatoes, and chili seasoning, and cook 5 minutes more or until chili thickens. Add lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. To assemble Chili Cheese Fries, spread chili over baked fries in casserole dish. Dollop Cheesy Sauce over chili layer. Bake 20 minutes or until Cheesy Sauce is lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and garnish with scallions and cilantro. Serve immediately.

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Bernadette Sellars6 months ago
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We love this. I don’t have an airfryer and found it took longer than 20 minutes to brown the potato slices in the oven. I used a hotter oven setting the next time. (215 degrees C)
Also the sauce was a little lumpy, so second time round, I used a potato ricer to mash to a more creamy consistency. Served it with cabbage to make it even healthier.

Dotty12 months ago
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Too many steps on the potatoes. Sauce was just okay.

Lesley12 months ago
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The next time I will cook the potatoes in my air fryer. They will be more like french fries.

VeggieTater12 months ago
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I think the sauce works a lot better when whizzed in a blender or food processor for a bit to break down the starches into a smooth, creamy texture.

Mary11 months ago
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I agree. I generally boil my potatoes first and use a little of the water, if you need to thin out the cheese sauce.

Ann12 months ago
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Thank you for sharing this tip!

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a vegan chef specializing in whole-food, plant-based cuisine. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of the Forks Over Knives: Flavor! cookbook, recipe author for the book Forks Over Knives Family, and recipe contributor to The New York Times best-selling book The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives magazine, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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