Who doesn’t love a great bowl of mac and cheese? But vegan chipotle mac and cheese is in a league all it’s own.
Although I make a variety of vegan mac and cheese recipes, vegan chipotle mac and cheese is for adults with a child-like love for mac and cheese.
- Cashew Miso Mac and Cheese Topped with Coconut Bacon
- Skinny Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Kathy’s Yummy Vegan Chili Mac…Kid Tested; Mother Approved
- Skinny Creamy Butternut Penne with Broccoli
It’s all about the cheesiness and the spices, as well as the added veggies to make it healthy.
VEGAN CHIPOTLE MAC AND CHEESE IS EASY TO MAKE
Vegan mac and cheese, although intimidating to some people, is simple to make.
The sauce, for example, all blends together in one blender cup. Then all it takes is boiling noodles and adding your favorite veggies.
Even though I usually make vegan mac and cheese sauce from cashews, potatoes, and carrots, or butternut squash, this one is made with raw almonds.
Recently, I tasted Bitchin Sauce at my local Costco. WOW! is all I have to say, but unfortunately, it’s loaded with oil. Of course, that’s code for me to try to duplicate it.
In a pinch, you could use Bitchin sauce instead of making your own, but I think the Bitchin sauce is a bit too thick and more like a dip than a sauce. So, if you plan to use a bitchin sauce shortcut, you may want to add water or almond milk to make it thin enough for vegan mac and cheese.
VEGGIES IN THE VEGAN CHIPOTLE MAC AND CHEESE
Since I consider chipotle mac and cheese more of an adult mac and cheese, I included veggies adults like, such as broccoli, mushrooms, and onions. Despite my choices, feel free to go veggie crazy and add any and all veggies you love.
One of my favorite kitchen time-saving tips I always recommend is cooking the broccoli while you cook the noodles. Not only does this hack save you time, but it also saves another pan. Simply wait until the last five minutes of cooking the noodles, and throw the broccoli in and drain together.
Sauteed mushrooms and onions, though simple to prepare, are savory and delicious! Without a doubt, mushrooms clearly stand out as one of my favorite vegetables. Not only are mushrooms similar to little sponges, they literally soak up any and all spices.
And, the combination of garlic, onions, and mushrooms is like a marriage! To me, mushrooms are like vegan steak, bringing an elegant compone to a dish. And, since this is adult vegan chipotle mac and cheese, bring on the mushrooms.
IT’S ALL ABOUT CHIPOTLE MAC AND CHEESY SAUCE
Since I am all about trying new things, for this chipotle mac and cheese recipe, I am using raw almond instead of cashews, or all carrots and potatoes.
But, if you already love my Skinny Nacho “Cheese” Sauce, by all means, use that and add an adobo chili pepper.
Furthermore, if you prefer my cashew and miso cheese in Cashew Miso Mac and Cheese Topped with Coconut Bacon, also just add an adobo.
Now, let’s talk about almonds and making a chipotle cheese sauce for adult vegan chipotle mac and cheese.
Similar to cashews, almonds are best if soaked overnight, but if you have a powerful blender, this isn’t necessary. Because I plan what I am making ahead of time, I always soak my nuts when making a sauce.
Then, all you need to do is combine all the ingredients in the blender. As a result, you get a fabulous chipotle cheese sauce for your mac and cheese.
HEAT WARNING: ADD SLOW AND TASTE AS YOU GO
As far as spice level, I strongly suggest adding the adobo chili pepper in pieces rather than a whole pepper. Furthermore, the adobo sauce is quite spicy as well, so tread lightly.
The cayenne, although a fabulous pinch of heat, packs a punch if you are sensitive to hot food. For that reason, add cayenne slowly and taste as you go!
Remember, everyone has different taste, so just because I love it hot, doesn’t mean everyone share in my spicy love. So, please remember to taste as you go!
Then, you just toss it all together and spoon it into the bowls.
And, watch your family gobble it up as they have never eaten before. My husband, for instance, wanted to lick his bowl. Of course, I consider that a win.
Throughout learning to cook plant-based food, I have experienced epic fails resulting in going out to dinner or a carry-out run. So, when the family loves something I make, and I can share it with you, I smile and share.
When you are craving comfort food, try a little chipotle mac and cheese!