Quick & Easy Taco Casserole


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We are a full two weeks into our one-month spending freeze and so far, so good.  I thought for sure we would run out of food in a week but at this point both our freezer and pantry are still brimming, which makes me think a.) we may have had too much stuff and b.) we could probably extend our spending freeze for another month without even coming close to running out of food.


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In all honesty, the hardest part about figuring out what to cook is the mental block of thinking there is nothing to make, when in fact there are all sorts of ingredients to choose from.  The other night Husband suggested we have tacos, which sounded great until I realized we only had 3 stale taco shells, so I decided to improvise and came up with this vegetarian Taco Casserole instead.

It was a HIT!  The girls chowed it and husband thought it was one of our best vegetarian meals ever, which is saying something since he is far more of a meat-and-potatoes than tofu kinda guy.  It was also super easy & pretty much foolproof–a great one to have the kids help with.

Even if you’re not vegetarian, cutting out meat a couple times a week is a great way to save on groceries.  That said, you could easily substitute ground beef if you really want meat. 🙂


1 package vegetarian crumbles (or 1 pound ground beef, if preferred)
3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 cup water
2 packages taco seasoning
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1 can corn, drained
1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese + 1 additional cup
1/2 cup tortilla chips or taco shells, crumbled into small pieces (stale is okay)
sour cream & salsa to garnish (optional: lettuce, tomatoes, olives, etc.)

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Step 1:  Melt butter in large saucepan over medium high heat; brown vegetarian crumbles 5-7 minutes.  Add water and taco seasoning, then add tomatoes, black beans, & corn.  Stir until well blended then remove from heat.

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Step 2:  Mix Bisquick, sour cream, eggs, & 2 cups shredded cheese in bowl until well blended.

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Step 3:  Grease 9×13″ pan; pour in bean mixture.  Spread out Bisquick mixture evenly over beans.  Bake in 375 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, until top is golden.

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Step 4: Remove from oven; sprinkle crumbled tortilla chips and remaining shredded cheese; bake 5 more minutes until cheese is melted.  Top with sour cream and salsa, if desired.

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  1. September 12 at 10:47AM

    I like both, I like to see the step by step but appreciate having a printable too 🙂

    • September 12 at 10:54AM

      I’m with Debbie, I like the step by step and the printable version. Thanks for all you do Ruth! I appreciate your hard work!

      • Ruth
        September 12 at 01:53PM

        Thanks Lyssa! 🙂

    • Ruth
      September 12 at 01:52PM

      Thanks for the feedback Debbie! 🙂

  2. September 12 at 01:18PM

    Sounds really good, much like the stock pile recipe I posted today…Taco Soup. xo, Jess

    • Ruth
      September 12 at 01:54PM

      Oh my gosh Jess, that Taco Soup looked awesome! xoxo

  3. Debbie
    September 12 at 01:25PM

    Sounds yummy. I might even try the vegetarian version as I’m typically a meat lover. Where do you find veg. crumbles? Also, (and you probably already know this), stale chips can be freshened up with a small amount of time in the microwave and then allow to cool. Thanks for your great work.

    • Ruth
      September 12 at 01:56PM

      Hey Debbie, you can find vegetarian crumbles in the freezer section by the veggie burgers. I have used 3 different brands–Boca, MorningStar, & Quorn. I can’t really tell the difference between the 3 so I usually just buy whichever ones are on sale.

      Thanks for the tip about the chips–I’ve never tried it in the microwave; we always use the oven!

  4. Amanda
    September 12 at 01:49PM

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU for making it printable! I would LOVE to see all your recipes be printable like that! You should make your own cookbook!

  5. Ruth
    September 12 at 01:57PM

    LOL Amanda, I will see what I can do…..making them all printable might take me some time! 🙂

  6. Jenny Camp
    September 12 at 02:28PM

    I love having both. Your pictures are always great and explanations are helpful to read right now, but the printable is a necessity to add to the weekly rotation. I will definitely try this, however it will be with ground beef, unless I want my husband to run out of the house screaming!

    • Ruth
      September 13 at 02:24PM

      LOL Jenny, he might not even be able to tell the difference!

  7. Couponing Carla
    September 12 at 05:44PM

    This sounds yummy! I am making for dinner tonight. I have all ingredients at home, so that’s a big plus. I like the new easily printable too!

    • Ruth
      September 13 at 02:24PM

      Thanks Carla, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you!

  8. Margaret
    September 13 at 01:33PM

    I like both pictures and printables. Happy to see recipes again 🙂 I’m a fellow vegitarian, so new recipe ideas are always a plus! This recipe came just in time. Last night I asked my daughter what I should make for dinner tonight and she suggested taco casserole. I don’t have bisquick, but I think I’ll make some type of cornbread mixture to go on top. That should curb my craving for cornbread, all in one big swoop.

    • Ruth
      September 13 at 02:25PM

      Thanks for the feedback Margaret! Let me know how it goes with the cornbread mix!

  9. carrie
    September 13 at 01:59PM

    Both please. The photos allow me to make sure I am doing it “right” the first time, and the printables allow me to make it again and again!

    • Ruth
      September 13 at 02:26PM

      Thanks for the feedback Carrie, it sounds like you are in the majority! 🙂

  10. September 13 at 10:19PM

    I will have to try this! Would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party…just posted it!

  11. melissa
    September 15 at 04:42PM

    love the phote version and am very greatful for the printer version..its my only hope to make it . thanks alot.

  12. Taylor
    September 17 at 08:13PM

    If I had to choose one, I’m a big fan of printable recipes. Even if I don’t print it, it’s easier to follow when I’m following it from iPad or Macbook. Thanks for all you do! =)

  13. September 18 at 08:09AM

    This looks really good! Can’t wait to try it. (Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday.)

  14. June 19 at 06:39PM

    Someone has to let Bioware know they closed, it’s not like how the ‘professional’ game journalists can easily.

  15. Heather
    July 2 at 08:37AM

    Hi, found this recipe under your grocery bill cutting post (loving it btw) and this sounds amazing… My question, if you do not want to use veggie crumbles (what is that btw?) can you add more beans? Thanks so much!

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 3 at 09:57AM

      Heather you could definitely add more beans. Veggie crumbles are made by Boca, Morningstar or Quorn brands and are basically a vegetarian version of ground beef. (Similar to how a Boca burger is a vegetarian version of a hamburger). You could also just use real ground beef if you eat meat. Hope that helps!

  16. Anonymous
    July 3 at 04:20PM

    Am I making the bisquick mixture? Or put in dry with s cream and cheese?

  17. Amanda
    August 19 at 11:59PM

    Any sub for busquick? Sounds yummy

  18. Ruth
    August 20 at 08:50AM

    This looks amazing! I’m a vegetarian too and I’d like to try this sometime.

  19. Melissa
    September 13 at 08:51AM

    I made this for dinner last night. We are not vegetarians, so I used ground beef. I also left out the corn because I didn’t have it on hand. It was not as pretty as yours, but it didn’t matter because the taste made up for it! I will make again and add the corn next time. Thanks!

  20. Laurie S
    October 16 at 10:13PM

    Sounds awesome!! Have you heard about the web site where you enter what you have in your frig and it makes suggestions on meals and recipes? I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds like a great idea with that mental block we all get 🙂

  21. Lori
    October 30 at 04:46PM

    This sounds so yummy, I can’t wait to try it. I am thinking of making this into a freezer meal to add to my stock, do you think it would freeze up okay?

    I agree with the other posters, I think printable and step by step instructions are great! I love being able to see all the great picture,s but also like being able to see the recipe in its entirety all at once. Thanks again, can’t wait to try this.

  22. liz
    November 11 at 06:36PM

    giving it a shot…veggie with a carnivore boyfriend here, trying to make a dinner we can both eat. 🙂

    the bean mixture turned out REALLY watery for me and i had a hard time spreading the bisquick mixture over it – next time i’ll maybe drain my corn and beans more thoroughly. i also made my own taco seasoning (there are recipes all over for it) and used the equivalent of 2 packs.

    verdict: success! 😀 it is DELICIOUS – even my carnivore boyfriend scarfed down two big servings. win! thanks for such a great recipe! 🙂

  23. Terria
    January 5 at 02:22PM

    I have this in the oven as I type. Can’t wait to try it. Picture shows corn but it’s not on list of ingredients or in directions. I forgot to put a can in…maybe next time. Has anyone used the corn? Which do you prefer?

  24. kelly
    January 20 at 03:36PM

    i prefer the printer friendly version…..

  25. Keisha J.S
    February 9 at 04:27PM

    Thanks for the wonderful recipes.. Finally, meals I can get my family to eat with me.

  26. March 21 at 10:06AM

    I made this last night and my family loved it! Thanks for the yummy easy recipe 🙂

  27. April 4 at 02:03PM

    I’ve had something similar, except with pasta throughout, not biscuit on top.

  28. Liz
    May 2 at 12:02PM

    Since its just me and my fiance I want to make this and bake half and save half. Any special freezer instructions?

  29. May 11 at 07:53AM

    Thanks for the marvelous recipes.. Finally, MEals I will get my family to eat with me.

  30. Martha
    September 15 at 06:47PM

    Made this tonight and it is FANTASTIC! With a picky vegetarian toddler and a food snob for a husband it’s hard to please everyone in my house, but this did the trick! I added some frozen peppers and onions but otherwise followed the recipe. Two thumbs up

  31. Paige
    September 24 at 08:20PM

    I was wondering if you’ve ever made this and frozen it for a later time. If so, how does the bisquick hold up? Should I just make that fresh and add it right before I bake it? This would be a perfect meal to take to someone in need of a meal.

  32. March 4 at 01:52PM

    Printer friendly recipes r a must- thank u…

  33. Martha
    April 26 at 06:18PM

    This has been in our regular meal rotation for over a year now! Everyone in my family actually eats it (which almost never happens) and it’s easy. I make variations here and there, like adding peppers or rice. Always a win in my house, thanks!

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