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Baked Pumpkin Chimichangas with Chipotle Cream Sauce

I’ve always been pretty adamant that, in order to be good, a chimichanga must be fried. I don’t think I ever actually tried a baked chimi, but I was convinced that there was no way the baked version would be as crispy and delicious as the fried kind. These Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chimichangas with Chipotle Cream Sauce have proven me wrong!

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chimichangas with Chipotle Cream Sauce

Not sure if it’s just where I live, but vegan chimichangas seem pretty rare. As in… if I want one, I gotta make it myself. I’ve actually made them at home a couple times this summer and fall, and always fried them.

You know how the corners get all crispy and crunchy and perfect? Yah, that’s my favorite part of a chimi. The good news? You can still get that when you bake them AND you save, like, eleventy billion calories by skipping the oil bath!

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chimichangas with Chipotle Cream Sauce

This is another recipe where the pumpkin presence is understated, and honestly you could just use butternut or sweet potato if you prefer. The heat comes from diced jalapenos, chili powder and of course that cream sauce…

And now that I’ve perfect them, switching out the fillings is so easy! Pumpkin and pinto bean? Done. Sweet potato and black bean? You got it! There’s virtually no limit… Even as I sit here, all sorts of crazy ideas are flying through my head.

Like… what if I put a pizza in a chimichanga!? Too much?

Well, no matter what filling you go with (as long as it’s still Mexican-ish) you’re gonna want to stick with this amazing Chipotle Cream Sauce… it’s to die for, and will seriously make you say “That was vegan?”

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chimichangas with Chipotle Cream Sauce

It’s thick and creamy, with just a dash of heat. Perfect for topping any number of dishes!

So I already admitted that I pronounce jalapenos like a complete dork Ricky from Trailer Park Boys, and apparently I also mispronounce chimichanga… so go ahead and chime in below: Do you pronounce it ChimiCHANGa rhymes with “rang”, or rhymes with “long”??

 


Baked Pumpkin Chimichangas with Chipotle Cream Sauce (Makes 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • S&P
  • 4 burrito-sized tortillas
  • Scant 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 chipotle pepper (packed in adobo sauce), diced
  • 1 teaspoon of the adobo sauce (or more if you want spicy face!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Avocado or other toppings, if desired

 

Instructions:
Put the cashews in a bowl of cold water to soak, set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, then water saute the onion and jalapeno in a large frying pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and chili powder, continuing to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and beans, and reduce heat to low.  When it’s heated through, taste and add S&P as needed.

Fill the tortillas with the filling (about 1/4 each), and place on baking sheet seam down. Spritz with oil spray then bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Flip, give another spritz, then stick under the broiler (on low!) for another minute or so.

While the chimichangas are baking, drain the cashews then blend with the milk, pepper and adobo sauce and salt until thick and smooth. When serving the chimichangas, top with avocado and serve with the sauce on the side.

Enjoy!

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  • Robyn B | Modern Day Missus November 28, 2013, 3:27 pm

    They look awesome, and I reckon they would taste way better done in the oven. Yummmmmm

  • Yvonne November 29, 2013, 1:04 am

    Hello Barb,
    I made these tonight, and they are delicious. The only change I made was to mix Mexican salsa in with the bean mixture. My adobo peppers were in the freezer so substituted. Thank you for this great recipe. I will be making these again.

  • luminousvegans December 1, 2013, 7:02 am

    Um, yes please. That Chipotle cream sauce looks amazing! I am not normally a fan of tortilla wrapped things but I am lovin’ this. I want it for lunch today!

  • Heather December 17, 2013, 7:16 am

    Oh my goodness this looks so incredible, I love that it is baked- so smart Barb! LOVE Trailer Park Boys….I am a rhymes with :long: pronouncer :)

    • Barb December 17, 2013, 6:06 pm

      You’re the only other person I’ve found that pronounces it that way… maybe a NH thing??

  • Michelle February 4, 2014, 11:46 am

    This looks so good. I love all the recipes on your blog. I just wish there was a print button since there are so many I want to try.

    • Barb February 4, 2014, 12:10 pm

      Believe me, it’s on my to-do list… along with tons of other things :) In the meantime, what I do when I see recipes on other blogs is either pin it and pull the recipe up on my ipad, or copy n’ paste into a word or google doc that I can print.

  • Sophie December 12, 2014, 3:03 am

    I made your very delicious combined recipe, my friend & loved every bite & so did my husband Peter! It was very scrumptious! Yummmmm! Xxx

    • Barb December 13, 2014, 4:30 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad to hear that!!

  • Nicollette D December 13, 2014, 2:47 pm

    Ok, Barb, I’m a little late to the party, but, WOW, vegan chimis! These are the stuff dreams are made of! One question: where does the plant milk come in?
    Can’t wait to have these!

    • Barb December 13, 2014, 4:28 pm

      Oops, thank you for catching that! The milk is part of the cashew cream sauce, and I’ve updated the recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

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