Plant based recipes are just as good—or better! Here are the best vegan comfort food recipes, from pizza to fries to nachos.
Who says you need meat or dairy for comfort food? Vegan comfort food recipes can be some of the tastiest out there. Alex and I have been creating plant based recipes for years. Along the way, we’ve found that eating a vegan cookie, cake, fries, or taco can be just as satisfying (or more). If you eat vegan regularly or just are trying to eat more plants: there’s no need to give up comfort food!
Here we’ve put together a list of all our favorite vegan comfort food recipes! From french fries that taste just as good as your favorite restaurant to the best plant based chocolate cake you’ve ever had, we’re thrilled to share all our best secrets. Ready for the recipes?
Here's the ultimate vegan comfort food. Love eating plant based foods but love wings? Here’s the way to have your cake and eat it too. Buffalo cauliflower wings! These tasty morsels are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy, tangy buffalo sauce. You’ll see these in restaurants these days…and this recipe? It tastes just as good as restaurant-style. Better, in fact! And, it's baked instead of fried: a healthy spin on this classic comfort food.
What’s better than a big pan of nachos? (Answer: not much.) This Tex Mex favorite is one of life’s great pleasures, and we’re here for them. They’re ideal an appetizer to feed a crowd, but even better: they work as a simple dinner too! Top this ultimate nachos recipe with our amazing Vegan Walnut Taco Meat.
Next up in our vegan comfort food recipes: vegan carnitas tacos! These tacos taste just like pulled pork...except they're jackfruit. It's pretty magical how a fruit can oddly taste just like meat by adding onion, garlic, cumin, tomato paste, cocoa powder and adobo sauce. Serve with refried beans for a filling comfort food meal!
This vegan shepherd’s pie is cozy comfort food to the max! Imagine: a creamy gravy filled with tender vegetables, lentils and scented with fennel and sage. Then a fluffy layer of mashed potatoes, topped with fresh rosemary. It’s layered together in a baking dish and then baked until golden. This one’s a whole food plant based (WFPB) stunner!
Just WOW! This vegan lasagna is majorly good. In fact, Alex and I eat dairy, but we agree: this is our favorite lasagna, period. No matter how you eat, this vegan lasagna will be a hit. Promise. We had a few friends over to try it, and here’s what we heard: “This is so good. I can’t stop eating it. I need another piece!” It's smothered in a zesty marinara sauce, layered with spinach, mushrooms, and our secret ingredient: hummus! Top with a sprinkling of "Parmesan" and it's a favorite that pleases everyone at the table. We guarantee it!
What's more of a comfort food than pizza? Our best vegan pizza tastes incredible with no need for cheese. It's covered in our tangy best pizza sauce, then topped with all the veggies. Mushrooms, artichokes, bell peppers, and even chickpeas bring big flavor. Top with fresh basil and it's a pizza pie that pleases everyone!
WOW is all we can say about this vegan enchiladas recipe! It tops the charts as one of our most crowd-pleasing plant based recipes…ever. Tortillas are wrapped around a veggie filling oozing with flavor, and it’s all doused in a zesty homemade enchilada sauce. With the crunchy veggie topping, this dish looks simply incredible. It tastes even better than it looks!
These vegan Sloppy Joes have a zingy lentil filling that tastes just as good as the meaty version. Put it on a toasted bun with some bread and butter pickles, and WOW! You’re going to love this one (promise). A fantastic plant-based meal for people who are on the fence about veggies, they're crowd pleasing and have a cozy, comforting vibe!
Here's a vegan comfort food that's naturally plant based: french fries! These fries are baked in a hot oven, but they taste just as good as your favorite restaurant fry. Hand-cut your fries (with our simple method), then mix them with olive oil, mustard powder, and black pepper. It's the perfect seasoning mix for seriously good, crispy baked fries.
What's a better comfort food than fajitas? Everyone loves this meal, even meat eaters. It’s a great way to make a fun healthy dinner where no one notices there’s no meat! Roast up lots of veggies on a sheet pan with spices, and serve with refried beans and “guac-ish,” a super fast version of guacamole.
Here’s a creamy vegan broccoli soup that will blow your mind. It’s impossibly creamy, whole food plant based (WFPB), and it tastes like the coziest bowl of comfort. This easy and healthy soup is vegan and gluten-free, so it works for a variety of diets. It tastes like that cozy and comforting broccoli cheese soup from a can...but 1000 times better!
Your noodles are destined for greatness with this vegan fettuccine alfredo! It’s creamy and luscious, but full of nutrient-rich cauliflower and protein-packed cashews. Another advantage to this vegan alfredo sauce is that it’s gluten-free as well! Many alfredo sauce recipes have flour because it’s used to make the “roux” that thickens the sauce. So it works for many diets.
Here's vegan comfort food at its finest: a gooey, tangy vegan BBQ sandwich! Here's another place where we've used jackfruit to stand in as pulled pork, and it's so good you might even fool some meat eaters! You'll make a homemade BBQ sauce with a splash of bourbon, then add the jackfruit and simmer until it's tender and looks just like pulled pork.
Who says chili needs meat? Here's the ultimate vegan chili recipe! It’s full of savory flavor starring beans, quinoa, and a hint of adobo sauce for complexity. Top it with our vegan sour cream and some pickled jalapenos and well: it’s out of this world good.
What about vegan comfort food for breakfast? Start with vegan biscuits that are impossibly flaky. Then add a thick, creamy mushroom country gravy that covers the entire dish in savory goodness. It's got just the right cozy, comforting vibe that pleases plant-based eaters and carnivores alike.
What's more vegan comfort food than a good old chocolate cake? This one is truly the best vegan chocolate cake out there. You've got two layers of moist, chocolate-y cake, separated by a fluffy vegan buttercream frosting. To top it off, a glossy glaze of vegan chocolate ganache. It's absolutely stunning and one of the best plant based desserts out there.
Back to savory vegan comfort food with this vegan pot pie! This one is a true winner: it's been made by many of our readers, and they all rave about it! Maybe it's the flaky, sage-flecked pastry crust, or the gooey interior of tender veggies in a thick gravy. Whatever the case, this one's been a hit for years! It's a stunner.
Back to nachos! Nachos are total comfort food, and these vegan nachos are 100% delicious! Start with a layer of organic corn chips, then add our smoky lentils and rice, which taste meaty and savory. Top with fresh vegetables, cilantro and our best gooey vegan nacho cheese!
Last but not least in our vegan comfort food recipes: chocolate chip cookies! There's nothing better than biting into a warm cookie with gooey chocolate. These are seriously good, made with almond flour so they've got a chewy texture (and are naturally gluten-free, too). They're seriously cozy and comforting!
Mix 1 cup of the flour with garlic powder, smoked paprika, cornstarch and kosher salt. Pour in the soda water and stir until a smooth batter forms.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup flour to separate bowl.
Place the parchment paper on two baking sheets and place two baking racks on top. Dredge each floret in flour and then dip it into the batter. Place each floret on top of the racks (the batter will drip below, which is ok).
Once all the florets are covered, place the baking sheets with racks on top in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the sheets and bake for 10 more minutes until crispy.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: Place the ingredients for the buffalo sauce into a small saucepan. Heat over medium low heat and whisk until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
When the cauliflower wings are done, cool for a few minutes. Then slide a spatula under them or use your fingers to remove them from the baking racks — some of the breading will come off of the bottom, but that’s okay (you won’t notice when they’re coated in sauce). Then in a large bowl, pour the buffalo sauce over wings and turn gently with a spatula until they are fully covered.
*You can substitute standard paprika if you can’t find smoked, but it’s highly recommended for its lightly smoky flavor.
Keywords: Vegan Comfort Food, Vegan Wings
More plant based resources
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.