Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

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Tater Tot Casserole gets a dairy-free makeover with Sharp & Tangy Cashew Cheesy Sauce! This classic comfort food is hearty, delicious and perfect for dinner. 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 8-10


  • ½ cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 8 ounce package white or brown mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp flour, gluten-free, if desired
  • 3/4 cup Core and Rind Sharp & Tangy Cashew Cheesy Sauce, divided
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, vegan, if desired
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)
  • 16 ounces frozen tater tots, equivalent to ½ a bag
  • Green onions, fresh parsley, additional Cashew Cheesy Sauce for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add lentils, ½ cup vegetable broth and water to a medium pot. Bring to a boil and cook until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet over medium heat add olive oil, then saute onions and mushrooms, cooking for 5-7 minutes or until softened. Stir in salt and pepper. 
  4. Add in flour and whisk for 15 seconds before adding in the remaining ½ cup broth, ½ cup Cashew Cheesy Sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Gently stir in cooked lentils and frozen vegetables.
  6. Top the mixture with tater tots, drizzle with remaining ¼ cup Cashew Cheesy Sauce and bake for 45 minutes until casserole is heated through.

Store: Once cooled, you can store your tater tot casserole in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. 


Can I use ground meat instead of lentils? 

Yes! You could use 1 pound ground beef, ground turkey, beef or chicken. In step 1, omit the lentils and cook your meat instead.

Does it matter what type of frozen vegetable I use?

You will want smaller, quick cooking vegetables like peas, corn, or diced carrots. You can use a blend or just one type of vegetable. I just used frozen peas! 

Can I make it more saucy? 

While I found this version was the optimal amount of sauciness for my taste, feel free to add additional Cheesy Sauce or non-dairy milk of your choice up to ¼ cup in step 4 when you add in your broth etc. to make the casserole more saucy. 

Can I use another flavor of Cashew Cheesy Sauce?
Yes! The taste will change, but this would be delicious for variety. Make a ‘taco variation’ with Bold and Spicy Cheesy Sauce and taco seasoning. Yummy!

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