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Tex-Mex Chili Mac

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner


Comfort food at its best, this Tex-Mex Chili Mac is brimming with flavor! Tender macaroni, hearty beans, wholesome veggies, all simmering in your favorite Southwestern flavors for a dish that just won’t quit. This one-pot wonder is sure to have the entire family running to the dinner table.  A fabulous Whole Food Plant Based recipe, vegan, oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free, no processed ingredients.



Optional Topper Ingredients:

  • Avocado chunks/slices
  • Green onions or red onion, chopped
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos, sliced
  • Mini sweet peppers, sliced into thin rings
  • Whole Food Plant Based-Vegan “Sour Cream”


  1. Prepare all your dry seasonings/spice mixture (onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, smoked paprika and sea salt) into a small bowl and mix well.  Set aside.
  2. In a large ceramic/enamel lined Dutch oven/pot or similarly large stockpot, add the diced onion, red and green bell peppers, and jalapeno pepper(s). Sauté over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes to soften them.  Add a splash of water if they start to stick. 
  3. Once the onions and peppers are softened, then turn down the heat a little, and add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Then add the spice mixture over top of the sautéed veggies, stir, and heat the spices to release their fragrance, about one minute. Stirring the spices constantly.
  5. Next add the 4 cups of tomato juice and 1 cup of vegetable broth and increase the heat to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer. Stir to incorporate everything.
  6. After the mixture is heated, add the pasta, stir to incorporate, and cook until the pasta is about half-way done, then add the beans and corn, and continue to cook.
  7. When the pasta is nearly done, remove from the heat, stir in the nutritional yeast and maple syrup, and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid for 5 minutes. Note: If you do not have a tight-fitting lid, then just continue to cook until the pasta reaches the desired tenderness, (and skip step 8 below).
  8. After 5 minutes, test the pasta. If the pasta has not reached the desired tenderness, then cover the pot with the lid again for another few minutes until the pasta reaches the desired tenderness. 
  9. Serve with your favorite toppings.


*Vegetable Stock:  We use Pacific Organic Vegetable Stock. We love this brand because it is Whole Food Plant Based compliant, as it does not contain MSG, has no oil, and does not contain any highly-processed ingredients.

*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  Makes 6-8 servings.

*Storage: Refrigerate and use within one week.