Recreating the “Macnocheeto” (or, rolling up soy curls, beans, rice, pasta and BBQ sauce in a tortilla)

by JL Fields on September 27, 2011

It had to be done.

I recreated this,

Homegrown Smoker's Macnocheeto – tortilla stuffed with MacNoCheese, TB Beans, soy curls, peppers and onions, bbq sauce and more...

this crazy, ridiculous, awesome creation of Homegrown Smoker that I wrote about in my Portland / Vida Vegan Con #4: Opening Reception recap.

Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the easy way to do it yourself: wrap up vegan mac and cheese, soy curls, beans, peppers, onions and BBQ sauce in a tortilla.  That’s it.

Or you can do this:

JL’s Mac ‘N Rice ‘N Beans ‘N Soy Curl Burrito
(inspired by the Homegrown Smoker Macnocheeto)

Make up big batches of rice-pasta, beans, and soy curls so that you can make a burrito or two, and use the leftovers for other dishes (or more Mac ‘N Rice ‘N Beans ‘N Soy Curl Burritos)!


  • The tortilla(s) of your choice, plus:

For the Mac ‘N Rice

  • 1 cup spelt pasta shells
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3.5 cups filtered water
  • 2 T earth balance
  • 2 T nutritional yeast (powder)
  • Iodized sea salt (to taste)

For the beans

  • Olive oil
  • Jalapeno, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Mix of small white beans and red kidney beans, soaked for a couple of hours
  • Bay leaf
  • Filtered water
  • Lemon juice (fresh)
  • Iodized sea salt (to taste)

For the soy curls

For the BBQ sauce

  • Ketchup
  • Maple syrup
  • Liquid smoke
  • Ground ginger


For the Mac ‘N Rice

  • Add pasta, rice, water and earth balance to the rice cooker. Check on it at 20 or 25 minutes. Add nutritional yeast with about five minutes left for cooking. Salt to taste.

For the beans

  • Saute onion, garlic and jalapeno in olive oil in the pressure cooker.
  • Add beans and bay leaf and enough water to cover the beans.
  • Bring to pressure and cook at high pressure for 13 minutes
  • Release pressure naturally.
  • Add salt, to taste

For the soy curls

  • Soak soy curls in water for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Drain the soy curls and place in a hot skillet
  • Add Chik-Style Seasoning and saute until lightly browned

For the BBQ sauce

  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan (use as much or as little of each item, to your own taste)
  • Heat for five minutes
Bringing it all together
  • Add the pasta and rice, beans, soy curls and BBQ sauce to a tortilla.
  • Wrap, slice and serve!

It practically brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy!  I recreated one of the most obnoxious, delicious things I’ve ever eaten!

The omnivore husband’s response?  “Best. Thing. Ever.”  I rest my case.  It had to be done.
  • Oh yea – I kept meaning to try to make this from your picture, but it’s so much easier to use your recipe (since you already ate it once). This is going on my recipe list for next week – thanks! 🙂

  • veganlisa

    I can’t believe you made it at home – but I bet your husband was seriously impressed. That would be a great meal to feed that post-triathlon hunger. 

    My brothers would love this!

    • JL

      Really? After meeting me you’re surprised I made this? It had JL written all over it! 😉

  • That looks so unique! What a crazy restaurant dish to try at home!

  • Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers

    Wow, that looks so good.  I’ve never had soy curls before.  What are they?

  • Yum! This looks great! I just ventured down to Portland and went to Homegrown Smoker last week for the first. Had the chili-mac, which was SO good. They were all out of deep fried dill pickles, much to my dismay. This looks awesome. Can’t wait to try making it.

    • JL

      I went back on my last day and they were out of the deep fried pickles and deep fried Oreos. Probably for the best! 😉

  • Oh yah….. I went through a phase some years ago when I only ate things wrapped in a tortilla. I’m going through current phase of mac and cheeze (man there are some darn tasty cheeze sauce recipes out there!). This is such a lovely marriage of two obsessions. Nicely done satisfying the omnivore! I’m thinking that a great combo would be the mac and cheeze, plus Gena’s Tofu Tahini Scramble, and some hot sauce.

    • JL

      Yes, that combo sounds fabulous!

  • OMG JL!!! You are the BEST!!!! I swear I think about the magic of the MacNoCheeto every single day now. Like my life won’t be complete without these in it all the time.

    • JL

      I. Get. It!

  • Looks like comfort food at its finest!

  • HomegrownSmoker

    Or I have an even better idea! Come to Homegrown Smoker Natural BBQ, 100 % Vegan, and buy the original. 🙂

    • JL

      If you open up in NY, I”m there, every single day 🙂 Trust me, I bow down to the original but for those of us thousands of miles away, this one will do!

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  • michaelmybeloved

    I think I need to make this for my birthday weekend coming up.. ..

    A couple questions: how many beans did you use, with that amount of onions and garlic….two cups or ??

    Also, about how many cups is in a package of soy curls? I buy mine in bulk so half a package would fill a stockpot.. .lol

    Oh, also, I don’t have ketchup (almost never use it)….do you think I could use tomato paste instead (have tons of that! )? If so, what else would you add to make it more “ketchupy”? Vinegar, I am sure.. ..what else?

    And, is earth balance and nooch really all you need to make a cheez sauce? Wow. I have regular and the coconut oil blend (seriously, I eat that stuff with a spoon). Wonder if either Or both would work. ..

    Lemme know your thoughts

    • JL

      What a perfect birthday meal! 🙂

      1. I just made a regular batch of beans that I would use all week – probably made a couple of cups. Since you will be stuffing many things in your wrap think of it that way, you want enough beans to taste ’em but you want room for your soy curls and mac and cheese, too. How was that for vague?! When I make a batch of beans I usually use a few cloves of garlic and 1/2 cup or so of onion.

      2. I’m going to guess that half of bag of soy curls is 1 1/2 – 2 cups.

      3. Tomato paste is a great idea! Just add a little vinegar and water to thin it out.

      4. YES! Of course there are some fancier recipes out there for mac and cheese but it you want to do it super-quick, and fairly healthy, those are the only two things you need – because remember there is a LOT going on this wrap and you don’t want any one flavor to over power. I say use regular over coconut.

      Let me know how it turns out! And Happy birthday! 🙂

  • disqus_htiDhyoZkG

    i wouldnt say ‘inspired’ when you are trying to do a direct rip off

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