Hearty Meatless Tater Tot Casserole

Total Time
50mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

For us vegetarians who want the heartiness of a tater tot casserole without the hamburger or ground beef. I found a terrific tater tot casserole recipe on here-- which I altered a bit, then found some more tips on how to make this awesome, tasty, and cheap meal and also adjusted it to the pan size constraint. I couldn't use a real casserole dish because I live in the ghetto and don't have a real oven; I rely on a convection oven. So please note, this recipe's measures are based on using a deep (about 5") 2-quart loaf pan! It's so hearty and filling that I get at least 3-4 meals out of it for just me. But if you want to use a real 13 x 9 casserole dish because you're doing OAMC/OAWC or cooking for your family? Never fear, just double the amounts shown!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (15 1/4 ounce) can red kidney beans (pinto and dark red kidney beans work too)
  • 2 -4 veggie burgers, patties chopped up (Boca Original or Classic isthe best! Dr. Praeger's California Burgers are great too. But the beans a)
  • 5 14 ounces condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 5 14 ounces condensed cream of celery soup
  • 2 cups French style green beans (this is a guesstimate, see instructions)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (Use shredded cheese. I like cheddarjack blend with this dish too!)
  • 2 -3 cups tater tots (this is a guesstimate, see instructions on how many tater tots you'd really need)

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain the beans.
  2. Steam the green beans (if using frozen). Rinse and drain them if using canned. Just wash if using fresh. 2 cups is an estimate; I think I had a little over 2 cups because I wanted to use up the rest of a bag I had in the freezer. If you're making the large dish, I guess it'd be 3 cups?.
  3. If you're putting veggie burger in this, cook it in the skillet til nice and crispy. Chop into pieces. 2 patties would work for the small dish version, 4 for the large dish.
  4. Combine the two different soups together. Use half of the mixture if you're doing the loaf dish way, use the whole thing if using the 13 x 9 casserole dish.
  5. Combine the beans and veggie burger together, and mix with the soup mixture. Put the mixture in the bottom of the ungreased baking dish.
  6. Layer the green beans over the cream soup/beans/veggie burger bits.
  7. Layer all the cheese on next.
  8. Figure out how many tater tots you need-- you have to adjust the amount depending on the dish size. I used about 1/3 of a 32-oz bag of frozen tots for my loaf dish version-- you might use a little over 1/2 the bag for the 13 x 9 version.
  9. Microwave the tots for 2 minutes-- or depending on your microwave strength, until they're defrosted but not "eating level" of warm.
  10. Layer the tots on the dish.
  11. If you like, top with some seasoned salt.
  12. Bake at 350 for 25-40 minutes, until golden brown on top.
  13. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy.