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Taco Bell Potatoes

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So the potatoes at Taco Bell are already vegan, and they’re not bad (though the ones I made are better 😎) but for vegans, we typically just add them to our custom orders. For actual potato based dishes like the Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, Spicy Potato Taco and Beefy Potato-rito, we have to order those “al fresco” which means no cheese sauce, sour cream, cheese, creamy jalapeño sauce and no ground beef! AKA, kinda boring!

The good news is, we can veganize all of them fairly easily!

First off, this recipe makes a lot of food, so feel free to half it. But personally, I liked having a bunch of potatoes, beef and sauce handy. It was pretty awesome to be able to throw a quick taco or burrito together by simply heating some stuff up. You can have vegan Taco Bell that’s better than the non-vegan version and in less time AND you don’t even gotta leave your house! And no more worrying that they got your order wrong and included something non-vegan in it!

  • Potatoes: These are pretty simple, we’ll just be dicing and seasoning some potatoes. Then dredging and deep frying them! You can air fry if you prefer, just spray them with some cooking spray, air fry at 400° F in 5 minute increments, flipping and spraying in between, until they are golden brown. They are not nearly as good as the deep fried version, but they are still pretty good!
  • Cheese Sauce: This is my usual cheese sauce with the addition of some tapioca starch to thicken it, which to be honest I think I’ll be doing from now on! Definitely my easiest and cheesiest sauce yet! I highly suggest getting some Sodium Citrate as this vastly improves the texture of the sauce.
  • Creamy Jalapeño Sauce: To make this Sauce check out my recipe RIGHT HERE!
  • Taco Seasoning: feel free to use store-bought but I prefer homemade, here’s my recipe RIGHT HERE!

handy dandy video here!

Also here’s some other Taco Bell Recipes!

Don’t wanna use store-bought plant based meat? Use this TOFU GROUND BEEF Recipe instead!

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Taco Bell Potatoes

Taco Bell Potatoes

Thee Burger Dude
5 from 4 votes


Taco Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp MSG


  • 4 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp taco seasoning

Cheese Sauce

  • 8 oz. vegan cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Sodium Citrate
  • 4 oz. water
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca starch

Vegan Ground Beef

  • 1 pound plant-based meat
  • 3 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • Juice of 1 lime or to taste
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño brine
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water


Taco Seasoning

  • Simply mix everything together in a small bowl or seasoning shaker.


  • Wash and peel (or leave the skins on). If peeling, wash off the potato funk after peeling, then dry them off.
  • Dicing the potatoes is easier shown than told, so either watch my video above, or THIS VIDEO is super short and to the point.
  • Once your potatoes are diced, add them to a bowl and cover with some water for about 10 minutes. Then drain and pat dry.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and taco seasoning. Toss your cubed potatoes until they are all thoroughly coated.
  • Add some neutral oil (like peanut, vegetable or canola) to a large, deep rimmed skillet or Dutch oven, and bring it up to 350° to 375° F. Then fry your potatoes in batches, careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown, about 8 – 10 minutes. Let them rest on a wire rack and sprinkle with salt immediately.

Cheese Sauce

  • Add the water to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add in the sodium citrate and stir to dissolve.
  • Next add in the vegan cheese and tapioca starch. Whisk until melted and smooth.

Vegan Ground Beef

  • In large skillet over medium heat, add a little cooking oil, and then crumble in your plant-based meat. Cook until browned, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Add in taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  • Then add in the lime juice, jalapeño brine and water and stir to combine.
  • Reduce to desired consistency.


Now that you have everything whipped up, you can make whatever you want! Go ahead and make any of the above dishes, or feel free to mix and match! All of these things go super well together, I have been subsisting off of them for the past few days and I'm not even close to being burnt out on them yet!
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  1. I made the creamy jalapeno sauce for a party and it was super easy and delicious. People literally asked me if they could bring some home, which is pretty impressive for a sauce. It made my tacos so much better!

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