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Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burrito with Red Sauce

A tasty spin on your typical burrito, this Mac Burrito is topped with a homemade red sauce and stuffed with all kinds of awesome!

Large burrito on a plate, stuffed with Mac and cheese, and slathered in red sauce

It’s pretty well-known that there is an existing Mac ‘n’ Cheese burrito in the Mecca of vegan food aka Portland. But, I wanted to go a very different route from the BBQ-style wrapped up goodness and put a Southern Californian twist on it. This almost always means that it’s going to be a Mexican-inspired recipe. 😉

Left pic: dicing tomatoes and jalapeño, Right pic: 4 large tomatoes

With the help of my friend Trevor (sorting out my mise en place), I made a delicious fork and knife-style wet burrito covered in a homemade, spicy enchilada sauce. ¡Muy bueno!

Left pic: sautéing veggies in a pan, Right pic: Diced avocado in its skin, plus cilantro

I may have taken a short cut on the cheese sauce and used my favorite variety of Teese, their Nacho Teese sauce. Because the rest of the burrito requires a little more time than your average mac ‘n’ cheese. But, I assure you, it is SO worth it. Especially the red sauce, which is my first try at it, and deemed very successful. (the Teese Nacho Sauce has since been discontinued, so make 10 ounces of your fave vegan sauce!)

Left pic: uncooked pasta in a measuring cup: Right pic: "Mexican" Mac and cheese

Also, I’d like to apologize, as I meant for you to have this recipe yesterday. When I went to Corey’s house to work on it, I forgot my recipe notebook at home. Doh! Better late than never, no?

Tomatoes being charred on a grill

Use up the last of those plump Summer tomatoes (because unlike other people, I know that it’s still Summer), and add a little flair to your burrito night at home. Another option for this recipe would be to omit the tortilla altogether. (BLASPHEMY!) But, instead, drizzle the red sauce straight onto your mac ‘n’ cheese. Mmm…

Red sauce ingredients in a blender pitcher, on the right, simmering red sauce

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A large burrito stuffed with Mac and cheese and topped with red sauce

Vegan Mac Burrito with Red Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A tasty spin on your typical burrito, Vegan Mac Burrito is topped with a homemade red sauce and stuffed with all kinds of awesome!

Ingredients

Red Sauce

  • 4 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 of a Chipotle Pepper Adobo, or a full one if you like it Hot
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2-2 tsp Sea Salt, or to taste

Burrito Filling/Mac 'n' Cheese

  • 1/2 tsp . Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup diced Red Onion
  • 2/3 C diced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 1/2 T diced Fresh Jalapeño
  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Black Beans
  • 2 Cups Dried Pasta
  • Water for Boiling
  • 10 ounces Nacho Teese Sauce, (this has since been discontinued, so use your favorite nacho sauce recipe/product)
  • 1/2 Cup diced Avocado
  • 1/4 Cup chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 tsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Red Sauce

  1. Take the large tomatoes and put them on a hot, oiled grill. Grill until charred on most sides, but not falling apart. Set them aside to cool for 2-3 minutes, then carefully peel the skins off (I used tongs and a fork for this) and cut out the stems.
  2. Place the tomatoes in a blender with the rest of the sauce ingredients, adding only a teaspoon of the salt to start. Warm a large saute pan over low-medium heat. Puree the sauce ingredients until completely smooth, then pour into the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, uncovered, or until the sauce has thickened.

Burrito Filling

  1. While the sauce is thickening, get a small sauce pan out and heat it over medium. Melt the coconut oil in this pan. Once hot, add the red onion and saute until it begins to turn clear, then add the red bell pepper and jalapeño. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Adjust the heat to low-medium and stir the black beans into the pan. Leave covered and cook for 3 minutes. Prepare the water for boiling in a large pot and follow the instructions for cooking your pasta that are listed on its package.
  3. After you've drained and rinsed the pasta, return the pot to the stove, over low-medium heat. Add the Nacho Teese Sauce (or homemade sauce) to the pasta, along with the black bean mixture; stirring until evenly coated and combined. Cover the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Once you're ready to serve, stir the avocado, cilantro and lime into the mac 'n' cheese, then salt to taste.
  5. Warm the tortillas to make them more flexible, lay a cup of greens down the center of each one and split the mac between them. Roll into a burrito (open-ended was easier with these tortillas) and pour some red sauce over the top. Garnish with minced cilantro or slices of avocado. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Large burrito on a plate, stuffed with Mac and cheese, and slathered in red sauce

Large burrito on a plate, stuffed with Mac and cheese, and slathered in red sauce

As great as this Mexican Mac Burrito is, I can’t wait to show you what’s coming up next!

Large burrito on a plate, stuffed with Mac and cheese, and slathered in red sauce

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