Casseroles

Vegan Tex-Mex Casserole-$6.62 Recipe/ $0.55 serving

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When people ask how I keep my grocery costs so low, I usually talk about the types of things I cook. While I do enjoy seafood and meat in moderation, I was a vegetarian for 10 years and the fella was vegan for 8, so I know my way around some tempeh and nutritional yeast. Being a vegetarian or vegan, in my opinion, actually makes it easier to eat frugally, which is why (in addition to health reasons) I still include so many vegetarian dinners in our weekly rotation. In an average week we probably eat 2 vegan dinners, 3 vegetarian dinners, and 2 seafood/meat dinners.

This is a great recipe for a mixed crowd, it is equally appealing to vegans, vegetarians, gluten free folks, and omnivores. It’s not a good vegan casserole, it’s just a good casserole.

Ingredients

1 can corn ($0.33)

1 can black beans ($0.33)

1 can ro-tel  (diced tomatoes with jalapeno) ($1.49)

2 cans vegetarian refried beans ($2.36)

1/2 package corn tortillas ($0.96)

juice of 1/2 lime ($0.10)

cilantro ($0.15)

2 tbsp. adobo sauce ($0.25)

2/3 cup vegan sour cream ($0.65)

Step by Step

1. Preheat oven to 400. Layer corn tortillas in the bottom of a casserole pan, I fold mine in half and tear them so that they fit evenly against the edges of the dish. 

2. Spread 1 can of refried beans evenly over tortillas using the back of a spoon. 

3. Mix corn and black beans together with 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro and layer evenly on top of the casserole. 

 

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4. Now add another layer of tortillas, and another layer of refried beans. Once that’s done layer on your ro-tel (or jalapeno tomato mixture of your choice). Spread 1 tbsp. adobo sauce across the tomatoes along with the juice of half a lime. 

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5. Put casserole dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. 

6. While the casserole bakes, whip together vegan sour cream and 1 tbsp. adobo sauce. When dish is done baking, spread the cream mixture evenly over the tomatoes. 

 

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7. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until the sour cream browns and crisps up.

 

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Now slice and serve!

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