18 February 2017

Mexican dirty potatoes

Are you also seeing dirty fries on so many menus? I have only a few times seen a vegetarian version of these loaded fries and find them quite tasty and a nice change from the usual. I guess vegetarian dirty fries can be loaded with cheese, chilli, different vegetables and dips, anything basically that would go in that combo.

I was somewhat inspired by the “dirtiness” of the fries for this vegan roast potato dish. I stole the name from the fries, even though these weren't fries, but potatoes anyway. So I made roast potatoes with a Mexican twist by adding some pepper, black beans, sweetcorn and the typical Mexican spices. 

Mexican dirty potatoes


400 g potatoes
Olive oil for roasting
1 large red romano pepper
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves
1 small chilli
1 can black beans
1 small can sweetcorn
2 tsp smoked chilli paste
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
Sprinkle of salt
Fresh coriander (optional)


Cut the potatoes into quarters or smaller pieces and cook them in water for about 15 minutes. Then place them into a baking tray with olive oil. Roast at 200 C for about 40 minutes.

Prep the rest of the ingredients in the meanwhile: chop the pepper, onion, garlic and chilli. Add the pepper first to the potatoes and roast for about 10 minutes. After that time also add the beans, sweetcorn, chilli, garlic and onion.

Roast for about 40 minutes more. I covered the dish for the first 20 minutes with foil, but that's optional. I just thought that without a foil the dish may dry out too much.

Mix the smoked chilli paste, ground cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika and salt with a dash of olive oil and water to make a liquid paste. Season the contents of the oven dish with the seasoning paste and return to the oven for a few minutes until the flavours have blended in nicely.

You can serve this with some nice fragrant fresh coriander, or even a bit of grated cheese, if you want to have a non-vegan version.


Your VegHog


  1. Call it what you want but for me this is Comfort food - i went to Ludlow today for a day out - 4 hour drive 2 up 2 down, we stopped at an American Diner on the way, and I had something similar like this but with twisty potatoes. Nom nom, give me a fork I would happily tuck into your Mexican dirty potatoes

    1. Oh yes, this kind of food is so comforting. I'm always happy with some roast potatoes, that's what we'll be having tonight as well. :)


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