19 Vegan Soul Food Recipes

Southern food is an extremely comforting cuisine, with classic recipes and flavors that everyone will love. These vegan soul food recipes bring meatless ingredients to some well-known dishes.

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Most Southern recipes feature rich flavors and simple ingredients to create something unique and comforting.

Soul food is an especially beloved type of Southern food, the down-home cooking of African-American culture passed down for generations.

Each of these recipes has kept the heart and soul of the food while converting the ingredients to be completely vegan. 

19 Vegan Soul Food Recipes To Remind You Of Home

1. Instant Pot Black-eyed Peas

This smoky Instant Pot black-eyed peas recipe is a Southern-style vegan dish perfect for New Year’s Day. It’s super easy and cooks quickly.
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Black-eyed peas are small white beans with an “eye” in the center, and this dish is especially popular in South Carolina and for New Year’s Day.

Southern tradition states that you won’t have good luck for the year unless you eat Black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, so be sure to bring a pot of these hearty legumes to your New Year’s party!

This version cooks faster in an Instant Pot. It helps meld and infuse the flavors even better. Vegan bacon brings smokiness to this dish. 

2. Vegan Skillet Cornbread

This vegan cornbread recipe makes a moist bread with a crispy crust. It's a delicious Southern side dish for Thanksgiving or year-round.
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Cooking this dairy-free cornbread in a cast-iron skillet is about as Southern as it comes.

This staple bread is moist with a crispy crust and has no added sugar to keep it from being too sweet. It’s the perfect side dish for just about any Southern meal.

3. Instant Pot Collard Greens

Instant Pot Vegan Collard Greens is a twist on the traditional soul food side dish. It cooks in much less time while maintaining those delicious southern flavors.
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This vegan version of the classic Southern side dish keeps the smokiness and cuts down the cooking time using an Instant Pot.

The resulting collards are tender, and as a bonus, you’ll have a lot of potlikker, the rich, savory, smoky broth that can be sipped as soup or even spooned over rice and cornbread. 

4. Vegan Hoppin’ John

This classic Southern dish is made with red field peas, smoky vegan bacon and sausages. It's perfect as a New Year’s dish or everyday comfort food.
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Another classic soul food side dish, this Hoppin’ John is honestly filling enough to serve as a main course.

The rice and red peas recipe is a traditional South Carolina dish, often served as part of New Year’s Day.

It is said to be named after an older man named John, who sold peas and rice in Charleston, South Carolina.

Many modern recipes call for black-eyed peas, as they are easier to find in grocery stores, but it’s worth tracking down the traditional red field peas. 

5. Vegan Pecan Pie

This vegan pecan pie recipe will become a staple of your own Thanksgiving traditions.

The crisp and flaky crust contrasts with the creamy, rich interior and buttery pecans.

Serve with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream for the perfect Southern dessert.

6. Red Beans and Rice

This Louisiana-style stew features hearty kidney beans and vegan sausages in a rich sauce flavored with Cajun spices. Delicious and perfect for family dinners!
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Cajun flavors take over in this vegan version of Red Beans and Rice. This rich stew is packed with spice and smoky flavors, traditionally served with rice.

It’s a soul food classic perfect for family dinners and a great go-to for a large crowd. Aside from being dairy-free, this dish is also naturally gluten-free.

7. Vegan Mushroom Pot Pie

Creamy mushroom pot pie topped with a homemade, flaky puff pastry. It’s filling, comfort food that's beyond delicious!
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A flaky puff pastry crust (all dairy-free, of course!) sits atop a rich, creamy interior.

Mushrooms are a wonderfully flavorful substitute for meat. This pot pie can be put together quickly with frozen veggies, cutting down on prep time.

It’s a hearty Southern comfort food perfect for any time of year, especially when the weather gets chilly. 

8. Vegan Jambalaya

This stew is the ultimate one pot meal. The rice, hearty vegetables, and tender vegan sausages are loaded with Cajun flavor.
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Hearty Cajun spices make this Southern classic a family favorite. It is the ultimate one-pot meal.

This vegan version has all the smokiness and traditional flavors as the original recipe due to flavorful vegan sausages. 

9. Sweet Potato Chili

This vegan sweet potato chili is hearty and satisfying and warms you up on chilly days! Get tips on how to make it on the stovetop, in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
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Hearty and rich stews are a Southern soul food tradition. This vegan sweet potato chili can be made on the stove, in a slow cooker, or even in an Instant Pot.

Besides being meatless, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for a crowd. 

10. Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Take your fall feasts to the next level with a homemade dairy-free pumpkin pie! Made with sweetened condensed coconut milk and kabocha squash.
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Dairy-free creamy pumpkin filling sits inside a flaky vegan crust. This pie is sure to delight everyone at your Thanksgiving celebration.

Japanese pumpkin or kabocha squash is used in this recipe for its rich flavor and added stability. This Southern dish is a staple fall dessert that hits all the familiar notes.

11. Vegan Sweet Potato Pie 

This eggless and dairy-free sweet potato pie is a unique Southern speciality with a spiced, creamy filling. It makes a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table.
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A uniquely Southern dish, sweet potato pie takes a root vegetable and turns it into a sweet treat.

This pie with West-African roots first appeared in Southern cookbooks in the 18th century, and family recipes have been handed down through generations.

Your next holiday celebration will be complete with this dairy-free dessert. 

12. Vegan Grits and Greens

This grits and greens recipe is a savory breakfast favourite that's simple yet delicious. Comfort food lovers will love sharing a bowl of this one.
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Grits are classic soul food made of simple ground corn that serves as a base for various flavors.

The Cajun flavors in this vegan version make it a hearty and warm breakfast dish. The grits are easy to make and require patience and consistency for the perfect bowl. 

13. Vegan Fried Chicken

Tofu fried chicken that tastes way better than KFC! It's crispy, juicy and super flavorful!
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Fried chicken is one of the most well-known Southern dishes, and this vegan version made with tofu is better than fast-food takeout!

A unique technique using medium-firm tofu creates a flaky texture like chicken, and the coating fries up delightfully crispy. You won’t miss the meat at all in this dish! 

14. Vegan Biscuits and Gravy

Nothing says vegan breakfast like some delicious homemade biscuits with gravy. It's made of tasty mushrooms and can become the comfort food you have every week. Simple small-batch recipe!
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A hearty breakfast is a Southern tradition, and biscuits and gravy might be the most popular.

Buttery, flaky biscuits are served with a flavorful mushroom gravy that vegans and vegetarians alike will love.

This recipe makes just enough for two but can easily be scaled up for a crowd!

15. Vegan Mac and Cheese

This dairy-free mac and cheese recipe is creamy, satisfying and a great option for a cashew-free or nut-free meal.
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This creamy mac and cheese takes an eternal favorite and makes it vegan! This recipe is entirely cashew and nut-free, making it a perfect choice when food allergies are involved.

Potatoes and carrots add creaminess and color, while nutritional yeast brings the “cheesy” flavor to a thick, rich sauce.

The sauce from this recipe can also be used in many other dishes!

16. Vegan Carrot Cake

Try this deliciously moist eggless carrot cake loaded with spices and a dairy-free cream cheese frosting.
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Carrots and spices in a moist cake topped with fluffy vegan cream cheese frosting make this famous Southern dessert a go-to for special occasions.

This version has been tried and tested more than 100 times, so this dairy-free cake is a foolproof option when you need a soulful dessert. 

17. BBQ Vegan “Pulled Pork” Sandwich

This delicious vegan pulled pork sandwich features tasty king oyster mushrooms slow-simmered in a rich and smoky, homemade barbecue sauce. It’s served with vegan coleslaw between pretzel buns.
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You might think the classic Southern pulled pork sandwich is impossible to recreate with vegan ingredients.

Still, this recipe has done it without using jackfruit, a popular replacement for meat but often difficult or impossible to find.

Flavorful oyster mushrooms replace pork, and the homemade barbeque sauce is rich and smoky.

18. Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese

Everyone needs a good vegan Southern baked mac and cheese recipe in their arsenal. After all, there’s nothing more comforting than a creamy and cheesy bowl of this classic and easy dish! 
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19. Vegan Charleston Red Rice

This meatless Charleston Red Rice is a South Carolina favorite made from rice, vegan sausages, and tomato sauce. This dish is one of the most beloved comfort meals from the Gullah Geechee culture. 
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You will surely find your next favorite recipe from this list of delectable vegan Southern dishes. With some simple ingredients and great techniques, you’re on your way to delicious, hearty soul food.

Collage of various soul food dishes

19 Vegan Soul Food Recipes

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Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4
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Southern food is an extremely comforting cuisine, with classic recipes and flavors that everyone will love. These recipes bring vegan ingredients to some of the best soul food dishes.

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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

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