Cheesy Sausage & Tater Tot Vegan Casserole

Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole
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Are you ready to wow your non-vegan friends with an amazingly indulgent and comforting dish? This easy cheesy sausage and tater tot casserole is totally vegan and totally going to knock their socks off.

I first learned of this hearty casserole at the last Tamp Bay Veg Fest. David and I volunteered to hand out free Field Roast sausage samples at the event and right next to us our friends were sampling this delicious casserole. We didn’t even get a chance to try it because it was the first sampling to run out that day! All I kept hearing was, “Did you try that cheesy casserole?” 😋

After Googling the non-vegan version of this recipe, I simply switched it up a bit, to make it cruelty-free and completely delicious. It is also so simple to make, and although the branded ingredients can be a bit costly, I urge you to shop your local deals and find when these special ingredients go on sale, since this dish is THAT good!

For instance, my local grocer had Just Egg on sale for $1 off right before Christmas so I bought several bottles, knowing I would use them before they expired. Remember, when Vegan It Real, it’s all about the bargains.

My step-by-step directions with pictures below make this recipe foolproof and once you have tried it my way, I highly recommend switching it up and making it yours! Add some sauteed peppers and mushrooms or maybe try smoked paprika instead of sweet paprika, to give it a deep smoky flavor. Here’s an idea. Maybe add a touch of curry powder to the spice mix and take it to a whole new level!

Once you have the basics down, it’s all about how creative you can be. That’s my favorite part of cooking, making it my own! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this easy, cheesy comforting dish. 🤔😊

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Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole

Cheesy Sausage & Tater Tot Vegan Casserole

Jennifer Markell
An indulgent and comforting dish that will have people asking, "Is this really vegan?". Made with some of your favorite plant-based, cruelty-free brands, this simple and hearty casserole is easy to make and perfect for family dinners and potlucks. Enjoy this cheesy dish morning, noon, or night!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Anytime
Cuisine American, Comfort
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 9x13 casserole dish
  • cookie sheet
  • skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 - 1½ lb(s) frozen potato puffs (tater tots) Check the ingredients! Some tater tot type products contain milk. I get mine from Aldi!
  • 1 pkg LightLife Gimme Lean Sausage (14 oz) Or any vegan sausage
  • 1 sm onion - chopped Any kind will work. I use yellow or sweet.
  • 2 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 2 cups dark greens - chopped I use kale and/or spinach mostly
  • 8 oz Violife Cheddar Shreds Or any meltable vegan cheese. Follow Your Heart works well too, but, Violife is my fave!
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 /2 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp sea or pink salt
  • 1 - 1½ containers Just Egg This product is expensive so if you don't want to spend $$ on 2 bottles of Just Egg, dilute one bottle with a little more milk (and whisk in a touch of flour).
  • 1/4 cup nut milk

Instructions
 

  • Cook tater tots according to package directions. When tots are done baking remove and set the oven to 375°.
    Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole
  • While the tots are baking, saute onions and sausage in a pan over medium heat. While sausage and onions cook, combine the spices (garlic powder through salt) in a small bowl.
    Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole
  • Once the onions and sausage start to brown, add the chopped garlic and the chopped greens to the pan. Turn heat to low-medium. Let greens wilt down, stirring occasionally. Note - spinach will cook down much quicker than kale, so keep an eye on this. Remove from heat once cooked through.
    Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole
  • Wisk together Just Egg, milk and spices. Layer the cooked tater tots in the bottom of the casserole dish. Press down any that are creating a double layer. Sprinkle on just a little cheese. Next, add the sausage and greens mixture. Pour the Just Egg and spice mixture evenly over the casserole.
    Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole
  • Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese to cover everything.
    Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole
  • Cover the casserole with foil. Bake @ 375° for approximately 40-45 minutes. Check the casserole occasionally to see if the middle has set. The casserole should be cheesy but not wet or runny. Adjust time as needed. Bake uncovered the last 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped scallions and baby greens.
    Cheesy, sausage & tater tot vegan casserole

Notes

The casserole dish shown is not a 9x13 but is what should be used when following this recipe. You can adjust the ingredients as needed to make smaller portions as I did in these shots! 
Keyword cheesy, comfort food, potatoes, vegan casserole, vegan sausage

 


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28 Comments

  1. Danielle on at

    Ooh yum! This looks fantastic! Will definitely try it. Thanks!

    • Jennifer on at

      🙌🌱👩‍🍳Woohoo! Thanks!

  2. Lora on at

    Wonderful recipe! I will try it with sweet potato tots instead since i do not eat potatoes.

  3. Jill DeMasi on at

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great recipe to make for the family!

  4. Looks very good!!

  5. Debbie Lilly on at

    This looks yummy and it’s making me hungry! Thanks for sharing with tips!

  6. Lisa on at

    This looks delicious! We would have never thought to make something like this! Thank your for sharing the tips and recipe.

  7. Lee Anne on at

    This looks fantastic! I will pin it to try out!

  8. I usually make tator tot casserole but this adds more flavor!

  9. Lora Rovegna on at

    I would never think to use tater tots in a casserole. That looks good!

  10. Kareena on at

    This looks glorious!! And thank you so much for the helpful tip on Just Egg because it is pricey. Yikes! New breakfast menu item for my family. Thanks!

  11. KENDRA on at

    This looks great! I’d bet eaters of any kind would love it!

  12. jen on at

    you had me with tots.

  13. Tricia Snow on at

    5 stars
    This looks like a great recipe! Perfect for those cold winter nights!

  14. Tater tots are popular these days. My kids would like this. Thanks!

  15. judean on at

    This looks yummy but I’m afraid the tater tots may be too much carb for me. We have been trying to lower our carb consumption – but we do splurge at times. Thanks for sharing-the pics look amazing yummy!

  16. Cathy on at

    Looks good! Will definitely try it!

  17. Brianna on at

    This looks very simple to make and delicious! I’m bookmarking this recipe! Thank you!

  18. Beatriz on at

    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Looks yummy! I wonder if I could fool the rest of the family with this!

  20. Jenniefr on at

    Thanks for sharing

  21. vanessa on at

    This looks interesting enough to try it. I never considered using the tater tots….looks tasty!

  22. OMG! I love anything with tater tots! I’m sure this is not exception! It looks amazing!

  23. Lisa on at

    This looks really good… will have to check it out.

  24. Suzan on at

    Looks like a delicious dish!

  25. jody on at

    Oh my you hit my soft spot for food in so many ways. I am going to make some of this as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing.

  26. T.M. Brown on at

    Hmmm ~ well, this sounds intriguing. My boys love tater tots….maybe one day I’ll have to surprise them with this dish to see what they think.

  27. Cindy on at

    I’ll definitely try this!

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