Vegan Taco Casserole

This tasty vegan taco casserole recipe is like a taco salad in casserole form and is a breeze to assemble. This casserole includes beans and cheese and is loaded with your favorite south-of-the-border flavors. It’s a fun change of pace for taco night!

You can add some corn salsa on the side with a bowl of tortilla chips. And this hibiscus margarita is light and refreshing, too.

A slice of vegan taco casserole sits on a plate with tortilla chips. The rest of the casserole is behind it.

Life is all about layers. Think about it. The rings within its trunk measure the longevity of a tree, each ring representing a year layered one within the other. Our earth has layers that begin with the crust, to its mantle, and down to its very core.

There are lots of other things with layers, like buildings, plots, and even Photoshop files. Onions. Onions definitely have layers. So I’m just going to add one more thing to the list of my life layers: Vegan Taco Casserole.

By its very nature, a casserole is all about the layer. So, that brings me to today’s vegan taco and dairy-free casserole.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Using veggie crumbles infuses a meat-like texture to this casserole along with some plant-based protein
  • Taco seasoning adds the perfect south-of-the-border flavor
  • Lots of vegan cheese on top makes this a cheesy casserole that’s so irresistibly good!

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

What really makes this vegetarian taco casserole recipe so special is the simple list of ingredients.

  • Olive oil — Any neutral vegetable oil will work.
  • Onion — I use a mellow yellow onion, but red or white will work, too.
  • Garlic — You can use a couple of fresh cloves of garlic or substitute 1 teaspoon dried ground garlic.
  • Veggie crumbles — You can use storebought veggie crumbles (such as Gardein) or make vegan ground beef at home.
  • Seasoning — You’ll need some taco seasoning.
  • Black beans — I use black beans, but you can subsitute pinto beans.
  • Corn — Canned or frozoen corn works great for this recipe.
  • Salsa — Use your favorite salsa!
  • Tortilla chips — I love using the crumbs at the bottom of the tortilla chips bag for this recipe!
  • Vegan cheese — Use vegan cheddar or Tex Mex cheese shreds.
  • Toppings — Get out your favorite Mexican toppings like vegan guacamole, salsa, cashew cream, and more!

What’s a vegan tortilla casserole without some tortilla chips crumbled inside? You’ll love the flavor and texture it adds.

How to Make Vegan Taco Casserole

This vegan taco bake is a favorite go-to recipe because it’s so easy and so delicious! It’s perfect for meal prepping because you can make this on the weekend and enjoy leftovers throughout the week.

What I love the most about this casserole is how easy it all comes together! Let’s talk about the steps to make it.

  1. Cook the onions in a skillet with oil over medium heat until tender.
  2. Add the garlic, veggie crumbles, and taco seasoning and cook over medium heat while stirring to combine.
  3. Stir in the beans, corn, salsa, and half of the cheese.
  4. Place the crumbled tortilla chips across a baking dish.
  5. Spoon the bean mixture over the tortilla chips and top with remaining cheese shreds.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with guacamole, vegan sour cream, or your other favorite toppings!

Here’s a detailed step-by-step instructions to make this tasty vegan tex mex casserole:

Step One: Sauté Onions, Crumbles, Garlic & Seasoning

In a skillet over medium heat, you’ll add the oil and the chopped onions. Cook these for around 5–7 minutes, until the onions are just starting to become tender.

Add the chopped garlic, veggie crumbles, taco seasoning, and cumin. Stir that all together and continue cooking over medium heat.

A skillet is full of beans and other ingredients to make vegan taco casserole.

Step Two: Add Beans, Cheese & Corn

Next, add the beans, salsa, corn, and half of the cheese. Stir this all together and cook for another minute, and then remove from heat.

A bean mixture has been poured over crumbled tortilla chips in a casserole dish.

Step Three: Make the Casserole and Bake

Place the crushed tortilla chips across the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Then spoon the bean mixture over the tortilla chips layer. Use a spatula to spread it evenly across the pan. Top with sliced black olives and the remaining cheese shreds.

A hand holds vegan cheese and is distributing it over the top of a casserole.

I like to cover the pan with a sheet of foil to encourage the cheese to melt more evenly. Be sure to crimp the edges of the foil around the pan to create a nice seal to trap in the heat and melt that vegan cheese!

Then, place the pan in the oven and bake for 15–20 minutes or until the cheese is mostly melted. Next, use tongs to remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown. 

Your vegan taco casserole is done now! Remove it from the oven and cool slightly. In fact, this dish only gets better when it’s had some time to cool so you can even make it the day before you need it. Then reheat it for serving.

Two hands hold a casserole dish full of freshly baked vegan taco casserole with vegan sour cream on top.

Reader Reviews

I just made this and it’s AWESOME. Thank you for an easy delish dinner.


Serving Suggestions

When you’re ready to serve the vegan taco casserole, be sure to add your favorite toppings. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Cashew Cream is amazing on top
  • Sliced green onions are a nice touch
  • Vegan guacamole is delicious as a condiment
  • Chopped tomatoes add flavor and color
  • Add some cilantro to the top too
  • Add a dish of Spanish Quinoa on the side!

Life is better lived with layers … that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

More Vegan Taco Recipes

A closeup of a slice of a Mexican casserole on a plate surrounded by tortilla chips.
A closeup of a slice of a Mexican casserole on a plate surrounded by tortilla chips.

Vegetarian Taco Casserole

Life is better lived with layers, including the layers of this easy vegetarian taco casserole. Serve this tasty vegan Mexican casserole with tortilla chips and your favorite toppings on the side!
4.80 from 10 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 285kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups veggie crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 30 oz canned black beans (~2 cans) rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 oz can corn drained
  • 2 cups salsa mild, medium or hot
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 cups vegan Tex-Mex cheese shreds (or use vegan cheddar shreds)
  • Toppings: guacamole, vegan sour cream, green onion slices, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, black olives, chopped greens


  • Move the oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a skillet combine the oil and onions. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, veggie crumbles, and taco seasoning. Continue cooking over medium heat while stirring to combine. Next, add the beans, corn, salsa and half of the cheese. Stir to combine and remove from heat.
  • Place the crumbled tortilla chips across the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spoon the bean mixture over the tortilla chips layer, spreading it evenly across the pan. You may need to use a spoon to press the mixture gently into the corners of the pan. Top with remaining cheese shreds.
  • Cover with a sheet of foil and place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Use tongs to remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven. Cool slightly. Serve warm with guacamole, vegan sour cream or your other favorite toppings!

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Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 928mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

26 Responses to Vegan Taco Casserole

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJill Fry Reply

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I went oil free and no cheese. I subbed out the crumbles with two cups of chopped baked potatoes and 1 cup chopped zucchini. Your taco mix recipe was perfect and the casserole was delicious. It’s my new favorite. I’m eating for lunch all week. Yum!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMeg Reply

    5 stars
    I like this casserole even more than tacos! And its great that its vegan too!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCristina Reply

    I see someone said they liked you added in rice, but I don’t see that in recipe? Did you? If so, when? Thank you! Meal planning for the week:)

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Christina. Great question! An earlier version of this recipe did include rice, but I updated the recipe to minimize ingredients and rice didn’t make the cut. I love a good meal plan! Hope your week is full of great vegan food! 🙂

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCourtney R Reply

    5 stars
    I made this tonight as well as the Banana cake. Just delicious! This was so easy to make and really full of flavor. I used it as a dip. = )

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Courtney! I love your idea of using it as a dip. Brilliant! Now, let me go get some chips! 🙂

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyValerie Reply

    I didn’t see an amount for the cumin so I guessed — could’ve used a bit more. Also, the directions don’t say when to add the corn, but I assume it should be added with the beans & salsa? I wonder if the tortilla chips dry it out? I increased the chips but will probably add more next time & add an extra 8-10 oz salsa. Great flavor, though. I served flavored rice & guacamole on the side.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Valerie! The cumin was a leftover from when I was recipe testing. I removed it. Thanks for that! I figure most taco seasoning has cumin in it, but now that I’m reading your comment again, I’ll go ahead and add a note suggesting that adding some cumin is optional. I’m with you in that I like a lot of cumins, but sadly, my hubby is not a fan of the flavor! Thanks for the note about the corn. That is fixed too. Love your side dishes!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLinda Davidson Reply

    4 stars
    I made this last night for my family to try it out BEFORE making it for a group of meat eaters. We all thought it was delicious, but found it a little dry/crumbly. Do you think I could add a little more olive oil or some water to make it more moist and juicy?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Linda. Thanks for your comment! I updated the recipe to indicate using 2 cups of salsa in this recipe. I used this recipe in my cookbook and I think adding more salsa solves that problem. It’s such a tasty recipe — especially with that crispy corn tortilla crust!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySusan Reply

    Going to make this for company tonight. Can I make it early in the day and refrigerate until dinner time?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Susan! Yes, definitely you can make this dish early. It’s the type of dish where the flavors get even better, if you ask me! Hope you enjoyed good food with good company!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula - bell'alimento Reply

    5 stars
    Nom Nom Nom Totally agree Marly layers for the win!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly


  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGinny McMeans Reply

    I love that you mixed rice in there too. Sounds so good!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I love including rice in otherwise unsuspecting dishes. Glad you like it!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRosey Reply

    I like that it’s vegan. The pictures turned out really great too!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Rosey!

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