Easy Vegetarian Taco Casserole Recipe

by happynutritionist

This quick and easy Taco Casserole Recipe is something you can have ready and on the table in a short time even after a long day of work or keeping up with your children.

This is a quick, easy and delicious Taco Casserole Recipe. You can start fixing dinner 1/2 hour or less before you're ready to sit down and eat it, because it takes 15 minutes or less to prepare, and 15 minutes in the microwave on high to cook unless your wattage is low, then it may take and extra 5-10 minutes. Cooking in the microwave means that your kitchen doesn't get heated up on hot summer days. It also saves time any other time of year.

Taco Casserole is a favorite with my family. Like so many of the recipes I use, this one evolved over time into what it is today, and is not copied from any other recipe, any similarity is coincidental.

I'm going to share this Taco Salad Casserole recipe in printable form and with large pictures and instructions.

Page by Claudia Meydrech a/k/a happynutritionist
New on Wizzley - May 2015 - Updated 11/16/16

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Taco Casserole Ingredients
Taco Casserole Ingredients
Image taken by me

Ingredients include:

  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Salsa as hot or mild as you like it
  • 1 small can chopped green chilies
  • Fresh or dried cilantro (I use dried organic)
  • Chili powder 1 can of red kidney beans (not pictured)
  • Shredded taco blend cheese or sharp shredded cheddar
  • About 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • Optional: Can of Organic Corn, drained

Tear corn tortillas into pieces, put in casserole dish sprayed w/ non-stick spray

6-8 Tortillas for this recipe for 3-4, depending upon portion size
Tortillas in pieces
Tortillas in pieces

Add 2 eggs or 3 egg whites, salsa, chopped green chilis

Egg whites without yokes decrease cholesterol
Egg, chopped chilis and salsa added
Egg, chopped chilis and salsa added

Add 1 T. Cilantro and 1 T. Chili Powder

You can adjust this to taste if you like
Cilantro and Chili Powder added
Cilantro and Chili Powder added

Rinse and add 15 oz. can of Red Kidney Beans + 1/2 c. shredded cheese + 1/4 cup milk, stir

It's that easy...just one more step
Beans, cheese, and milk added
Beans, cheese, and milk added

Optional: Can of Organic Corn

Why I choose Organic

If you add a can of organic corn, it will add more fiber, moisture, and will increase quantity so it should make 4 moderate portions. I am making this recipe tonight at this typing and will be adding corn, 1 can, drained.

I make a special effort to get corn and products that contain corn in organic form because it is one of the foods that is highly likely, unless organic, to be Genetically Modified - a GMO Food.

Top with remaining shredded cheese and sprinkle lightly with chili powder and chopped cilantro

Ready to cook!
Ready to cook!

Microwave on high about 15 minutes until top looks something like this

Taco Casserole After Cooking
Taco Casserole After Cooking

Many ingredients for this recipe can be purchased online

This is helpful for those who can't get to the supermarket

I often purchase food online, and sometimes the prices are better than the supermarket. Then there are those who live in remote places that find it convenient to have their food delivered. If an item in the list below says it is "fulfilled by Amazon" and your order is $35 or more, or you are a member of "Amazon Prime", you can order and items are delivered free of shipping within a couple of days...you can also join "Prime Pantry" and so much more.

Compare prices with your supermarket and see if this works for you. We keep several things in our Amazon cart that we like to buy in bulk, and watch for the prices to be where we like them when we order. They go up and down. For example, I put in an order for something that usually runs $9.95 a bag at our store. Amazon had it at the same price until about a week ago, it went down $2, so I ordered 4 bags saving myself $8 because shipping was free and the item was marked down.

La Banderita, Corn Tortillas Ricas, 30 Count, 27.5oz Package (Pack of 2)

La Banderita, Corn Tortillas Ricas, 30 Count, 27.5oz Package (Pack of 2)

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Chi Chi's Green Chilies Diced, 4.25-Ounce Units (Pack of 12)

Chi-Chi's® Diced Fiesta Green Chilies.

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Pace Chunky Salsa, Medium, 64 Oz

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Simply Organic Cilantro Certified Organic, 0.78-Ounce Container

Simply Organic Cilantro Certified Organic, 0.78-Ounce Container

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Simply Organic Chili Powder Certified Organic, 2.89-Ounce Container

Use the kick of chili pepper (with or without an added array of complimentary spices) to create lively Mexican or tex mex fare. Simply organic chili powder contains organic chil...

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Tropical Traditions 8 dozen Organic Soy-free Eggs

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Sargento Classic Old Style Mild Shredded Cheddar Cheese, 3 Ounce -- 12 per case.

Sargento Classic Old Style Mild Shredded Cheddar Cheese, 3 Ounce -- 12 per case. 3 Ounce

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Libby's Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

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Taco Casserole Recipe

Taco Casserole Recipe

Please rate if you have a chance to try this!

Prep time 15 min  -  Total time 35 min
Ingredients for 3 servings
6-8 Corn Tortillas - Tear into approx. 1" pieces  • 4.5 oz can Chopped Green Chilies  • 1/2 cup Salsa  • 15 oz can of Red Kidney Beans rinsed  • 3/4 cup Shredded / Grated Cheddar Cheese  • 2 - 3 Eggs or egg whites  • 1 T. Chili Powder or to taste  • 1 T. Dry or Fresh Cilantro or to taste  • Optional: Can of Organic Corn


Simple as can be - take all of the above (save some cheese for topping) and put into a casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray (like PAM), stir well, top with shredded cheddar, sprinkle top with Chili Powder and Cilantro for color and flavor.

Microwave for 15 minutes...my microwave oven is 900 Watts, you may need to adjust according to your wattage.

Eat and enjoy!

Serving Suggestion: We usually eat this with some salsa and sometimes guacamole on the side, and a nice tossed salad.

Image could be better, but shows the casserole served with a few chips, tossed salad and watermelon wedges.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (2 Votes)

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LPerry on 10/22/2016

That looks so delicious!

happynutritionist on 08/26/2015

Thank you, it is, I have to make it again very soon.

blackspanielgallery on 08/16/2015

I do think this would be tasty.

happynutritionist on 07/25/2015

@cruiseready that would be fine! I try to keep sodium reasonable too since high bp became a concern.

CruiseReady on 07/25/2015

What do you think about substituting black beans for kidney beans? (Goya brand black beans have 125mg sodium, lower than any canned kidney beans I have found)

happynutritionist on 05/25/2015

@DerdriuMarriner I hope you get to try this easy recipe sometime, if it's the kind of thing you enjoy. Thank you for visiting.

DerdriuMarriner on 05/23/2015

happynutritionist, Thank you for sharing this recipe which definitely is photogenic and offers a new blend of tastes and textures.

happynutritionist on 05/21/2015

Yes, it can be baked in the oven, but I'm not sure how long as I've never done it. If you do so, please let me know how long it takes to cook that way.

happynutritionist on 05/21/2015

If you do, let me know how it comes out. Thanks for visiting!

happynutritionist on 05/21/2015

How did it come out? I hope it was good, let me know and it will help me know if I've missed anything, but I do think it's complete.

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