Whether you’re a vegan who misses your grandma’s comfort food, or you’re just looking for some new and delicious ideas, we’ve got you covered. These vegan soul food recipes are easy to make and absolutely packed with flavor.
From southern-style classics like mac ‘n cheese and fried chicken to international favorites like sweet potato casseroles and gumbos, there’s something here for everyone with these easy vegan soul food recipes.
1. Vegan Fried Chicken By School Night Vegan
School Night Vegan’s vegan fried chicken is a fun and easy recipe that anyone can follow. The recipe uses tinned chickpeas and the whole can of aquafaba to keep the chicken moist, and the gram flour and plant milk help to create a delicious egg mix for the coating.
The result is a crispy, flavorful vegan fried chicken that will please even the most skeptical eaters.
2. Vegan Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes By Food Network
Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes are the perfect easy vegan soul food recipe when you’re craving something comforting and hearty. All you need are Yukon gold potatoes, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, almond milk, Kosher salt, and minced chives.
Moreover, this dish can be easily made in under an hour! Simply roast the garlic in olive oil until it’s nice and fragrant, then boil the potatoes until they’re soft. Once mashed, add the almond milk and season with salt and chives to taste.
3. Vegan Mac and Cheese By Cookie and Cate
One of the things I miss most since going vegan is soul food. But vegan soul food is out there. You just have to get a little creative. This Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe is hearty, filling, and so flavorful that you won’t miss the cheese.
The secret ingredient is nutritional yeast, which gives the sauce a cheesy flavor.
4. Vegan Cornbread By Minimalist Baker
There are a few easy ways to make vegan cornbread. This recipe uses a combination of fine cornmeal and all-purpose flour with a bit of baking soda for leavening.
You can use a flax egg to replace the chicken egg and add some sweetness with cane sugar and applesauce. Serve this easy vegan cornbread recipe with a dollop of vegan butter or your favorite jam. Enjoy!
5. Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole By Nora Cooks
This easy vegan sweet potato casserole is warm and packed with flavor. The recipe uses fresh sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed, then boiled until tender. Once mashed, they’re combined with brown sugar, spices, and vegan butter.
The topping is an irresistible mix of chopped pecans, flour, brown sugar, salt, and vegan butter. This casserole is sure to become a new holiday favorite!
6. Vegan Gumbo By Loving It Vegan
Vegan gumbo is a delicious, easy-to-make dish that will satisfy vegans and non-vegans alike. This recipe uses a roux to create a rich, flavorful base and is packed with vegetables, beans, and spices. Serve over basmati rice and top with chopped spring onions for a complete meal.
7. Vegan Fish Sticks (with Vegan Tartar Sauce) By Jessica in the Kitchen
These gluten-free vegan fish sticks are made with hearts of palm, breadcrumbs, Old Bay seasoning, and dried crumbled nori.
The batter is a simple mixture of flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning, and beer or sparkling water. And the vegan tartar sauce is a delicious blend of vegan mayonnaise, lemon or lime juice, chopped pickles or sweet relish, and a few more common ingredients.
8. Vegan Chili By Rainbow Plantlife
Another classic vegan soul food recipe, this time for a hearty chili. The recipe calls for a combination of pinto and navy beans, but feel free to use any type of bean you like. Depending on your preference, you can also spice up or down the chili to your liking.
The recipe also uses a combination of fresh and canned tomatoes for convenience. Still, you could use all fresh if you prefer.
9. Vegan Collard Greens By The Simple Veganista
If you enjoy southern food, give vegan collard greens a try. This recipe uses one large leaf of collard greens per person, and the greens are cooked down with onions, garlic, and vegetable broth.
You can also add beans, such as white beans or chickpeas, for extra protein and fiber. Moreover, this dish goes great with cornbread or any other type of bread.
10. Vegan Black-Eyed Peas By Frobulous Veggies
Black-eyed peas are a classic soul food ingredient, and this recipe makes them easy and vegan. First, soak the dry peas overnight. Then drain and rinse them before adding them to a pot with vegetable broth, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper.
Add liquid smoke and a dash of dry chili pepper to a boil before reducing the heat and simmering for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Enjoy as is or serve over rice for a complete meal.
11. Fried Okra By The Southern Vegan
This recipe for fried okra is perfect for anyone looking for a delicious and easy vegan soul food option. The okra is dredged in a cornmeal-flour mixture and then fried until golden brown. This dish is best served hot and makes a great side or main course.
12. Vegan Red Beans and Rice By Simple Vegan Blog
This delicious recipe for vegan red beans and rice uses canned red kidney beans, but feel free to use any type of bean you like. The beans are simmered with onions, garlic, and various spices before being served over cooked rice.
13. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie By Feasting at Home
This vegan version of shepherd’s pie is as hearty and delicious as the traditional dish but without any meat! Instead, the filling is made with a creamy mixture of potatoes, vegetables, and spices and then topped with a layer of fluffy mashed potatoes.
You can add a drizzle of truffle oil for an extra touch of luxury. Just bake it in the oven until it’s hot and bubbly, and then garnish with a spring of thyme or fresh parsley.
14. Vegan Jambalaya By The Conscious Plant Kitchen
Jambalaya is one of those dishes that is so good that you won’t miss the meat. This vegan version by The Conscious Plant Kitchen uses a variety of vegetables and spices to create a flavor-packed dish.
The recipe calls for red kidney beans and chickpeas, but you can use any type of bean you like. You can also add in some vegan sausage for extra protein and flavor.
15. Vegan Beef Stew By Zardy Plants
While beef stew is often considered a winter dish, this delicious recipe can be enjoyed all year. Zardy Plants’ vegan beef stew is packed with flavor and nutrients, making it a perfect meal for any time of day.
This vegan beef stew is made with seitan, a vegan meat alternative from wheat gluten. The recipe also calls for various vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, and celery. Serve this stew with a side of bread or over a bed of rice.
16. Vegan Southern Soul Bowl By Kathy Patalsky
This recipe by Kathy Patalsky is the perfect example of a vegan soul food bowl. The bowl is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients, including pasta, cornbread, collard greens, and sticky-sweet baked BBQ tofu cubes.
The signature flavor of this dish is also derived from a variety of spices. Serve this bowl with a side of hot sauce or vegan ranch dressing.
17. Vegan Hoppin John By Tori Avey
This recipe for vegan hoppin’ john by Tori Avey is a delicious and easy vegan version of the traditional Southern dish. The dish is made with black-eyed peas and different vegetables and spices.
The recipe also calls for mushrooms, which give the dish a meaty texture and flavor. Serve it with rice or quinoa, and garnish with chopped scallions.
18. Vegan Pecan Pie By Making Thyme for Health
This vegan pecan pie is the perfect holiday dessert! It’s made with vegan butter, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, creamy coconut milk, and organic corn starch.
The pie filling is also studded with plump pecans, which give the pie its signature flavor and texture.
19. Vegan Cheese Grits By Shane and Simple
These vegan cheese grits are some of the best around! Made with simple ingredients that most people already have in their pantry, they are easy to make and super tasty.
So whether you’re looking for something everyone will enjoy or simply something you can prepare quickly, vegan cheese grits fit the bill.
20. Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich By Tasty
When it comes to vegan soul food, this recipe for pulled pork sandwiches is the real deal. You can’t go wrong with these Jackfruit sandwiches. They’re hearty, flavorful, and filling.
The recipe is easy to follow, resulting in a delicious sandwich that is perfect for any occasion. Serve on vegan buns with a vegan coleslaw, and enjoy!
21. Vegan Chicken and Waffles By Emilie Eats
Chicken and waffles have been having a moment lately, and there’s a good reason for the craze. The combination of crispy vegan fried chicken and fluffy waffles is truly heavenly.
So whether you’re looking for a fun new dinner recipe or an indulgent weekend breakfast, this vegan chicken and waffle dish is sure to hit the spot.
22. Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes By Holy Cow Vegan
There’s something about fried green tomatoes that just screams summertime. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re usually served up with a big heaping plate of french fries.
Before frying, the key to making sure your vegan fried green tomatoes are nice and crispy is to coat them in a mixture of cornmeal and flour. This will create a barrier between the tomato and the hot oil, ensuring you get that perfect crispy texture.
23. Vegan Meatloaf By Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen
Meatloaf has that signature home-cooked flavor that many of us crave. This recipe uses various plant-based ingredients, including lentils, mushrooms, and oats.
The result is a delicious and hearty loaf. Serve it with vegan mashed potatoes and gravy for a truly comforting meal.
24. Vegan Baked Oil-Free Hush Puppies By The Vegan 8
Hush puppies are a Southern staple. They’re usually made with cornmeal, flour, and eggs and then deep-fried in oil. But this vegan version by The Vegan 8 is baked, not fried. And it’s also oil-free!
These hush puppies are made with cornmeal, almond flour, and potato starch. They’re perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
25. Vegan Pumpkin Pie By It doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
If you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert to impress your guests, look no further than this vegan pumpkin pie. The pie is filled with a rich, creamy pumpkin filling and made with a simple shortcrust pastry.
The perfect dessert for fall, this vegan pumpkin pie is sure to be a hit with everyone.
26. Crispy Vegan Smashed Brussels Sprouts By This Savory Vegan
The best thing about Brussels sprouts is that they’re so versatile. You can roast them, saute them, or even fry them. This recipe for crispy vegan smashed Brussels sprouts takes things one step further by smashing them and baking them.
The result is a delicious and crispy side dish that is perfect for any occasion.
27. Vegan Peach Cobbler By Oh My Veggies
Oh, My Veggies’ vegan peach cobbler is the perfect summer dessert. This cobbler is delectable and made with fresh peaches, cinnamon spice, and a simple cake crumble topping. The peach cobbler is gluten-free and can be made in just one bowl.
28. Vegan Fried Pickles By Veganosity
Another Southern classic, vegan fried pickles are a must-try. And this recipe by Veganosity will show you just how easy they are to make.
All you need is a jar of pickles, some flour, and a few other simple ingredients. The result is a delicious and tangy appetizer that is perfect for any occasion.
29. Vegan Baked Candied Yams By Healthier Steps
This vegan version of candied yams is just as delicious as the traditional recipe. It is made with sweet potatoes; this dish is easy to prepare and only requires a few simple ingredients.
The sweet potatoes are peeled and cut into slices, then covered in a syrup made from sugar, water, and spices. They’re baked until tender and basted with the syrup periodically. The result is a dish that is both sweet and savory and sure to please everyone at the table.
30. Southern-Style Vegan Biscuits And Gravy By Wow It’s Veggie
While biscuits and gravy are typically considered a breakfast dish, this vegan version makes it a great dinner option.
The biscuits are made with a combination of all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and margarine. The gravy is made with vegan sausage, non-dairy milk, flour, salt, and pepper. Serve the biscuits and gravy with a crisp salad or roasted vegetables.
31. Vegan Creamed Corn By Connoisseurus Veg
This vegan creamed corn is the perfect side dish for your next summer barbecue! The corn is cooked in a rich sauce made with vegan butter, all-purpose flour, onion, and coconut milk. The result is a creamy, flavorful dish that will please vegans and non-vegans alike.
So if you’re looking for a delicious, easy-to-make vegan dish, look no further than this vegan creamed corn!
32. Vegan Green Bean Casserole By Delish
This vegan green bean casserole is made with fresh green beans, mushrooms, and a creamy sauce. The casserole is then topped with fried onions for a crunchy finish.
In addition, it’s ideal for the holiday season and other festivities as you can make it ahead of time and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.
33. Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Wings By Plantbased on a Budget
Cauliflower wings are all the rage these days, and for a good reason. They’re crispy, flavorful, and can be made in various ways. This recipe uses a BBQ sauce to coat the wings, giving them a delicious and tangy flavor.
34. Vegan Banana Pudding By Ela Vegan
This vegan banana pudding is the perfect afternoon treat! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s creamy, delicious, and satisfying.
Plus, it’s totally plant-based, so you can feel good about indulging in a bowl or two. Not to mention it takes just minutes to prepare.
35. Vegan Peanut Butter Swirled Fudge By Detoxinista
This recipe for vegan peanut butter swirled fudge is not only healthy and delicious, but it’s also easy to make! You only need a few simple ingredients and a food processor to whip up this fudge, which makes it the perfect treat for when you’re short on time.
The fudge is made with peanut butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup, so it’s packed with flavor.
36. Vegan Cream Of Mushroom Soup By Dishing Out Health
This creamy vegan mushroom soup is hearty and filling but doesn’t weigh you down like some heavier soups. The best part is that it’s straightforward to make – all you need is a blender and a few simple ingredients.
The soup gets its creaminess from cashews, which also give it a nice Nutty flavor. The mushrooms add an earthy depth of flavor, while the onions and garlic provide a nice brightness.
37. Vegan Navy Bean Soup By Contentedness Cooking
This recipe delivers a vegan take on the navy bean soup. It uses simple ingredients like onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and vegetable broth to create a flavorful broth. The navy beans are cooked until tender.
You can enjoy the soup as is or topped with various toppings, such as vegan sour cream, chives, or garlic bread.
Easy Vegan Soul Food Recipes, Final Thoughts
These easy vegan soul food recipes are perfect for enjoying delicious and comforting food without having to spend a ton of time in the kitchen or being an expert chef. Moreover, they cater to a broad range of tastes, so there’s bound to be a dish for anyone on the list.