Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese Chili Recipe

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Does your family love mac and cheese? Try it as a main dish with our Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese Chili Recipe. It's easy, quick and delish!

Do you have one of those tried and true dishes you have been serving for so long that you can’t remember ever not having it in your pantry? For me, it is Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese. It’s one of those wholesome comfort foods that makes everyone feel good.

Last week, I served it as usual, as a side dish with dinner. As usual, everyone ate it first and wanted seconds.

Silly as it now seems, I never thought to make Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese as a main dish. Yesterday I experimented with making a vegetarian chili by adding a few simple ingredients along with Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese and wow, it was a huge hit.

It’s so easy, cheesy and delicious that I’m excited to share my recipe. Next time, I need to make a double batch so we can enjoy the leftovers. Take some to work in a Thermos for a very satisfying lunch.


Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese Chili Recipe

Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese Chili Recipe

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon each of coarse salt and ground pepper
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 can (8 ounces) of tomato sauce
1 can (15.5 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15.5 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 avocado sliced thin
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
sour cream
1 box Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups of water

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat on the stove top in a large frying pan. Add the diced yellow onion and the garlic about 4 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid sticking.

Add in the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper and stir about 1 minute.

Add the chopped zucchini and tomato sauce and continue to stir for about 3 minutes.

Next add in the black beans, pinto beans, and the diced tomatoes.

Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese Chili Recipe

Add 2 cups of water and bring your mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer about 20 minutes until the zucchini is soft.

While the mixture is simmering, in a separate pan, cook Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese according to package directions.

Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese Chili Recipe

Once prepared, add the Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese into the mixture and stir thoroughly.

Spoon into bowls and top with avocado, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese Chili Recipe

robin rue

That sounds like an awesome dinner idea. My kids are going to love this.


What!! I love this. I love that you added the mac and cheese to that chili. what a great idea. mmmm.

tara pittman

This sounds great for dinner. My kids love mac and cheese so I need to make this.

Amber Myers

Ooo this looks so delicious! I love anything with macaroni and cheese.


Wow, macaroni and cheese and chili combined?! This sounds like heaven. I too really love Annie’s and this recipe sounds delicious and filling, due to all those beans and veggies! Love the spices, too – thanks for sharing 🙂

Jennifer Quisenberry @ The Awesome Muse

That sounds really tasty. When I was a kid, we used to have chili suppers at my local church to raise money for our various summer projects. We did this once a month, and I clearly remember the first time I saw someone add pasta to chili. That was foreign to me at the time as my family’s recipe doesn’t do that. I’ve since embraced it and come to love it. AND of course, I love my chili with cheese, so this sounds really appealing!

Donna Ashworth

Oh this looks so nice! I love mac and cheese, who doesn’t, but this is such a nice twist on it!

Tina Gleisner

Macaroni & cheese has always been a family favorite … and easy to keep it vegetarian. Think my favorite part is putting avocado on top … never thought of that.

Tina Gleisner

Wondering if you can make 3 meals at the same time – mac & cheese, chili & your combo … one cooking project & diner for 3 nights?


I love that idea Tina!

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