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Vegan Mexican Tater Tot Casserole

 Tater tot casserole or hot dish, whatever you call it, it’s freaking amazing!

Yes, you heard right. VEGAN MEXICAN TATER TOT CASSEROLE. Did you know most tater tots are vegan? Did you know you are only about 20-30 minutes away from the best damn meal of your life? Well, here it is. This is great for so many occasions, perfect for large or small families, healthy and kid friendly! I probably don’t need to tell you I’m obsessed. 

You can’t get much simpler than this tater tot casserole. The filling is tvp, black beans, corn, crushed tomatoes and taco seasoning. This only takes about 5 minutes. Then you just pour into a casserole dish, top with frozen tater tots and vegan cheese. Then bake. 

 To get all fancy, I like to put toppings on mine. Guacamole, lettuce, cilantro, whatever you want. I just really want my food to make people say “well, la dee da.” It is an important life goal. 

This vegan Mexican tater tot casserole is my current favorite lazy dinner. Tater tots. Taco Filling. Guacamole. What more could a girl ask for? Maybe a nap?

There is not a single person I have made this for that wasn’t instantly in love. You can totally change up the protein as well, soy chorizo, tofu crumbles, or just more beans would all be incredible. Really anything topped with tater tots is a good idea. Well, maybe not desserts, but you get what I’m saying. 

Vegan Mexican Tater Tot Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Tater tot casserole or Hot dish, whatever you call it, this vegan Mexican version is out of control delicious!

Course: Main Course
Author: Lauren Hartmann
Ingredients
  • 2 C. Textured vegetable protein(TVP), I used Bob's red mill
  • 2 C. Vegetable broth
  • 3 Tbsp. Taco seasoning
  • 1 Can(15oz.) Black beans, drained
  • 1 Can(15oz.) Corn, drained
  • 3/4 C. Crushed tomatoes
  • 2-3 C. Tater tots(frozen), I used Trader Joe's
  • 1/3 C. Vegan cheese, I used Follow Your Heart
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Toppings
  • Guacamole
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

  2. In a large non stick skillet, heat the vegetable broth on high. Bring to a simmer. Add the TVP. Stir and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for a minute until the TVP has absorbed all the veggie broth. 

  3. Now add 2 Tbsp. of the taco seasoning. Stir into the TVP. 

  4. Next, add the drained black beans and drained corn. Stir to combine. Then add the crushed tomatoes. Stir.

  5. Add the remaining 1 Tbsp. of taco seasoning. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Now taste and adjust seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed or more taco seasoning if it is too bland still. 

  6. When the filling is ready, pour into a baking dish. I used a 9 inch baking dish. Smooth out filling. 

  7. Then place the frozen tater tots on top in whatever pattern you want, covering the entire baking dish. 

  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. When you have about 5-7 minutes left, pull the dish out of the oven and top with vegan cheese and return to the oven for the last 5-7 minutes. Once the tater tots are nice and brown and cooked through and the cheese melted(as much as vegan cheese will melt) remove from the oven.

  9. Serve with guacamole, salsa, cilantro or whatever you want! Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

This can be prepped ahead. Just make the filling, put into the baking dish and put in the fridge. When ready to make, just top with frozen tater tots and bake. 

The recipe calls for 2-3 cups of tater tots, because it will depend on what the shape and size of your baking dish is, since you need to cover the whole thing. 

You can substitute the tvp and veggie broth for soy chorizo, tofu crumbles or just more beans if you want. 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Things2Eat
    April 6, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    You and Connoiseurus Veg think alike!!

  • Reply
    Rebecca Y.
    April 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Hey, Lauren! This recipe sounds amazing and I want to try it for dinner tomorrow night! Quick question though: what is the purpose of the TVP? I do a WFPB diet and I find myself looking at more and more vegan recipes for inspiration and sometimes I am unfamiliar with some ingredients I see (such as TVP).
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      April 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      TVP is in crumbles, so it looks a great deal like ground beef, and can also replace it nicely because it is high in fiber and protein! It also has a nice firm texture so it can hold up and won’t get mushy or anything. It comes dry so it lasts for a long time, it’s cheap and can be used in so many different things! I hope that helps!

  • Reply
    byoungonline
    April 6, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Yes! This helps so much! I’m excited to try the recipe and I actually decided to make this tonight. I found the TVP just now at the store when I was getting the tater tots. I will be subbing sweet potato tots for regular tots due to inflammation issues from regular potatoes, but other than that, I will stick to your recipe!
    I’ll report back how it came out for me!
    Thanks again for a great recipe post!

  • Reply
    Courtney
    April 17, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Your food is the greatest. Can you come up with a great jackfruit recipe?

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      April 18, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you so much! I can totally work on jackfruit recipes!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    April 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Looking for something non-soy to use instead of TVP. What do you think about replacing with quinoa to add another texture (instead of just adding more beans)? And how would you suggest working the quinoa in?

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      April 30, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Quinoa sounds like a great idea! I would just cook the quinoa first and then add it in to be sauteed with the black beans and corn! I think that would be delicious!

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