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Easy Vegetarian Taco Bake

An easy, quick casserole made with plant-based protein and an array of colorful vegetables.

Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste optional
  • One 5.5 ounce package neat mexican mix prepared according to package directions
  • One 15-ounce cans black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced, plus more for topping
  • 2 cups 16 ounces jarred chunky-style salsa
  • 8 to 9 cups about 7 ounces corn tortilla chips
  • 3 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • Suggested toppings: diced tomatoes sour cream, guacamole or diced avocados, sliced olives, hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 9-by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and heat for 30-60 seconds until shimmering. Add the onion. Saute for 5-7 minutes, or until it starts to soften. Add the garlic and jalapeno to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the bell pepper, corn, and zucchini. Continue cooking for 3-5 minutes. Add the spices and stir well. Cook for 30-60 seconds to toast the spices, then add Neat Mexican, beans, and black olives. Cook for a few minutes, then add the salsa. Bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  4. Place half of the tortilla chips on the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Spoon half of the veggie and Neat mixture over the chips. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining chips, Neat mixture, and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and the casserole is warmed through. Sprinkle the top with green onions and cilantro. Serve immediately with other toppings on the side.

Recipe Notes

To make a vegan taco bake, simply omit the cheese or use a high-quality vegan cheese.