Vegan Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

These hasselback potatoes are crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, oozing with melty cheese, and are VEGAN too!  No one will ever guess this delicious side dish is completely plant based- they will be too busy digging in!

vegan cheesy hasselback potatoes

If you need the perfect side dish that will pair perfectly with just about any main course, this one is for you!  These hasselback potatoes are fun to eat, cheesy, and believe it or not – vegan! And this recipe only requires 5 ingredients! (and two of those are just salt & pepper).  It is sure to be a family favorite – who doesn’t love a side dish oozing with cheese??

PLEASE do not be intimidated by hasselback potatoes like I was for so long.  They are actually super easy to make!  I’ll explain it all in a minute. But first, let me help you round out your meal.

If you need a good main course suggestion, try my easy avocado crema and salsa chicken tacos.  Or if you are sticking to a vegan meal, go for my veggie burgers or jackfruit burrito bowl.  Both great options.  This would also go great with a lot of the easy recipes found in my 30 Minute 5 Ingredient Dinners ebook!  And if you want more side dishes to pait with this – check those out here!

Let’s Make “Cheesy” Hasselback Potatoes!

Okay like I said – hasselback potatoes are NOT hard.  Just listen carefully! Hold your potato at one end, and gently slice thin sections about two-third to three-fourths the way down into the potato, leaving the base solid so they don’t fall apart.  The thinner the better in my opinion.  Just do that with each potato and voila!

You can use any vegan cheese to make this dish, but I used Zubiate’s Cocina’s queso de jalapeno.  What is really cool about this brand is that it is not only vegan, but it is nut free as well!  That is hard to come by with vegan quesos as they are usually cashew based.  This one only has nine ingredients and they are all veggies, spices, and then some oil.  I’d definitely recommend trying it out!  Or if you are okay with nuts and want a homemade option, try my nut free vegan queso!

Also, I used avocado oil in this recipe.  I recommend you do the same because are cooking at high temperatures.  Avocado oil has one of the highest smoke points (olive oil is rather low), so it is one of the healthiest oils to cook with at these types of temperatures.  When oils reach their smoke point they oxidize and are not as healthy. I buy the Chosen Foods brand.  You can buy them in misters or to be economical just buy the regular bottle and get yourself this misto – it is a lifesaver in my house!

Lastly, don’t let the bake time of this recipe scare you off.  I know it sounds like this takes forever but it is just the baking!  You can put it in the oven and forget about it for 45 minutes while you do something else. Also I am convinced my oven is slow 😛

So give it a try and enjoy!

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hasselback potatoes

Vegan Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: varies


Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

These hasselback potatoes are crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, oozing with melty cheese, and are VEGAN too!  No one will ever guess this delicious side dish is completely plant based- they will be too busy digging in!


  • White or sweet potatoes
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Zubiate’s queso de jalapeno (or my homemade vegan queso)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut your potatoes – hold at one end, gently slice thin sections 2/3-3/4 the way down into the potato, leaving a solid base.
  3. Place potatoes on cast iron skillet.
  4. Spray with avocado oil.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. TWO options:
    1. Bake for an hour and then remove and pour cheese over them, serve immediately
    2. Bake for 45 minutes, remove from oven and pour cheese over potatoes.  Place back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes (I like this one – makes the cheese kinda burnt!).


Check after 30 minutes, cook time will vary by oven.

Check out my Amazon shop to see all of the brands and ingredients I use and recommend!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 potato

Keywords: Hasselback potatoes, cheesy potatoes, vegan cheesy potatoes

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