Vegan Mexican Tater Tot Casserole


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

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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