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Mole and chilaquiles?? If you haven’t heard of this before you are seriously missing out. Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

I’m really excited to tell you about this mole I discovered completely by chance. Back in October my family and I went to the Day of the Dead festival in San Antonio and there was a stand selling mole paste. I tried it and fell in love instantly when I discovered that Hernán Mole is vegan, from Mexico, and has no preservatives. I spoke to the founder, Isela, and it turns out she’s from my hometown Acuña/Del Rio. Can you believe it?? In fact, the headquarters of Hernán are located in Del Rio!!

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

I knew that you would be as interested in Hernán Mole as I was, so I asked Isela if I could share it with you. There are two versions available Mole Poblano and Mole Pipian (which is a pumpkin seed mole). The mole is made in Mexico by local artisans and producers, many of whom have never ventured beyond their local markets and cities.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

I don’t know if you have noticed that I don’t do a lot of sponsored posts, and that’s mostly because I have a hard time finding products that I truly believe in, and that will fit into this whole vegan Mexican thing I have going on. Well, Hernán is a business that promotes Mexican cuisine and culture and opens up new opportunities to Mexican artisans, and that is something I can really get behind and I know that you will too.

You can purchase Hernán Mole Poblano here.

Let me know if you love it as much as I do!!

The Recipe: Vegan Mole Chilaquiles with Greens and Beans

  • If you’re trying be healthy you can bake corn tortillas to make this, if you’re ok with the occasional or not so occasional fried food fry the tortillas or buy a bag of homestyle tortilla chips.
  • You can omit the almond crema and vegan queso cotija, and just top the chilaquiles with avocado. I made the crema and queso the day before.
  • You can also add zucchini and broccoli to the greens and beans for extra nutrition.
  • When you serve this dish the chips shouldn’t be completely soggy, there should be some crunch, so serve immediately after mixing the chips with the mole.

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

 

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.

Vegan Mole Chilaquiles with Greens and Beans

Vegan mole chilaquiles are tortilla chips covered in mole sauce and mixed with sautéed greens and black beans, then drizzled with an almond crema, and vegan queso cotija. The combination is seriously good.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 24 corn tortillas, cut into triangles (12ths) or (1 bag of corn chips)

Greens and Beans:

  • ¼ cup Water
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz Spinach, (about 1 bag)
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Black beans, drained

Sauce:

Toppings

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tortilla triangle on two baking sheets lined with parchment and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and set aside. (You can also fry them in a heavy bottomed sauté pan until golden brown, or buy a bag of chips.)

Greens and Beans:

  • Heat a large sauté pan to medium heat and pour in ¼ cup of water. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add spinach and mix.
  • Once spinach has cooked down (about 2 minutes) add black beans. Season with salt and pepper.

Sauce:

  • Set a large pot to medium heat, add 1 cup of vegetable stock and mole paste. Stir.
  • Once the mole paste dissolves, and the mixture starts simmering, add the second cup of vegetable stock. It will seem like the mole is too thin, but as soon as the mole cools down even a little bit it thickens. Bring to a simmer, stir, and remove from heat.

Bringing it all Together

  • Make sure your mole is the right consistency, it should be the consistency of a thin cream soup, adjust as necessary with vegetable stock.
  • Add chips, and the greens and beans into the pot with the mole. Mix well to coat. Serve immediately and top with almond crema, vegan queso Cotija, and onion.

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Notes

If you’re trying be healthy you can bake corn tortillas to make this, if you’re ok with the occasional or not so occasional fried food fry the tortillas or buy a bag of homestyle tortilla chips. You can omit the almond crema and vegan queso cotija, and just top the chilaquiles with avocado. I made the crema and queso the day before. You can also add zucchini and broccoli to the greens and beans for extra nutrition.

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This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

If you are new to veganism I just want to let you know that I get it, I miss cheese too. I loved cheese, all kinds of cheese! This is why I detest processed vegan cheese, because it just doesn’t taste like the original. (I haven’t had the privilege of tasting Miyokos vegan cheese, they say it’s a game changer though.) There are exceptions to this, like this vegan cotija cheese which is made from almonds. It of course is not like the original, but let’s just say it evokes the sensation and taste of cotija cheese.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

Cotija is actually a small town in the mountains of the state of Michoacan. The cheese is said to have originated more than 400 years ago. It was made by the local people to keep milk from spoiling by turning it into aged cheese. The cheese is aged for about 3 months and is available in large rounds. I visited Cotija, many years ago, and I remember being blown away by the sight of the huge cheese rounds in the local shops and restaurants.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

You must be wondering why I’m talking about the actual cheese making. Well, this blog is all about making traditional Mexican food vegan, but also about preserving our Mexican food traditions and food culture as much as possible. So, it’s important to look into the history a little bit. Plus, I’m a total food nerd.

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

The Recipe: Vegan Queso Cotija

I got the idea of using almonds for this cheese from Eddie Garza’s book Salud, Vegan Mexican and from this recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite. I’ve put my own spin on it.

  • Use slivered almonds, do not soak them.
  • You can also use lime juice instead of lemon juice.
This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.

Vegan Queso Cotija

This vegan queso cotija is crumbly, salty, and tangy. There’s absolutely no dairy in it and it’s delicious. It is perfect for topping sopes, chilaquiles, enchiladas, gorditas, salads, and pastas.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cotija, vegan cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 23 hours 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 day
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Slivered almonds
  • 2 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Brine from a jar of manzanilla olives
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Place the almonds. Lemon juice, brine, and salt in a food processor.
  • Process until you get a crumbly mixture resembling cheese, about 4-5 minutes. Be careful not over process or you’ll end up with almond butter.
  • Place mixture in a cheese cloth or nut bag and twist tight to close and squeeze all of the excess liquid out.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 24 hrs.
  • Remove cheese from cloth and crumble.

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Notes

You can also use lime juice. Recipe adapted from Veggies Don’t bite
If you eat nutritional yeast, add 1 tsp. to the recipe before processing.