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Casserole of Vegan Enchilada Mac and Cheese

Vegan Enchilada Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 Minutes
  • Total Time: 38 Minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop, Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Creamy, spicy, and oh-so-flavorful, this oil-free Vegan Enchilada Mac and Cheese if full of delicious plant-based goodness.



Sauce Ingredients:

  • ½ cup [raw] cashews
  • 2 – [ 10 oz. cans ] or 2 ½ cups  mild enchilada sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder *
  • 2 Tablespoons cornmeal 

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 – [ 15.5 oz. can ] black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 to 12 oz. elbow macaroni * 

Optional Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. can mild green chilies, drained 

Optional Topping Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup crushed tortilla chips (+/-)
  • Avocado, chunked


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, using the upper center rack.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water, set aside to drain.
  3. Place the cashews into a small bowl, cover with boiling water, soak for 15 minutes, then drain off the liquid and discard. Then place the soaked cashews into a high-speed blender.
  4. Then add all the Sauce Ingredients (except the cornmeal) into the high-speed blender, along with the soaked cashews. Blend on high until the sauce is creamy, smooth.
  5. Add the cornmeal and pulse a few times, just to mix in thoroughly. Do not blend.
  6. Place the cooked macaroni into a large bowl, add the enchilada sauce mixture, black beans, and mild green chiles into the bowl, mix well. Spoon into a small casserole serving dish and top with the crushed tortilla chips.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then switch to high broil and broil for a few minutes until the topping is lightly toasted. Serve and enjoy!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

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

*Servings: 4 to 6