Vegan Jalepeno Mac n Cheese in a blue serving bowl

Gluten-Free Vegan Jalapeño Mac & Cheese

Ready for a spicy Saturday?! Let kick things up in the kitchen with some jalapeños. This delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Jalapeño Mac & Cheese is easy to make and is full of flavor with a nice crunchy topping for texture, made from crunchy crushed croutons (say that 3 times fast!).

To make this recipe vegan, you’re going to want to use vegan cheese (I used vegan queso from Loca – it’s fantastic stuff) and be sure to use vegan croutons (you can make your own or use a brand such as Crounons from Carrington Farms). Use your favorite gluten-free macaroni pasta – I prefer a rice and corn combo, as I think it cooks well and holds its texture better than all-rice pastas.

What are your favorite gluten-free spicy recipes?

Vegan Jalepeno Mac n Cheese in a blue serving bowl with jalapenos in the background

4.50 from 2 votes
Vegan Jalepeno Mac n Cheese in a blue serving bowl
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Gluten-Free Vegan Jalapeño Mac & Cheese

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • 12 ounces gluten-free macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3 jalapeño peppers , minced – remove seeds and veins to lower the heat level
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar Loca Foods Mild Queso
  • 1 cup gluten-free vegan croutons (such as Crounons), crushed
  • Jalapeño slices for garnish , if desired


  • Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain, saving about ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Lower the heat to medium-low, add the queso and macaroni and stir well. If the sauce seems a little dry, add some of the pasta cooking water. Cook for about 3 minutes or until everything is hot and the sauce is thick.
  • Preheat the broiler to high. Pour the mixture into a greased 9x12-ich (or similar) baking dish, top with the crushed croutons and place until the broiler, about 6 inches from the heat source, for 1-2 minutes. Watch carefully so the croutons don’t burn.
  • Top with jalapeño slices, if desired, and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Vegan Jalapeño Mac & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Sodium 634mg26%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 76IU2%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Cheese houseparty Jalapeno Peppers Loca Macaroni and Cheese Pasta Spicy Vegan Cheese
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