Lentil Tacos

  • Yield : 6 Tacos
  • Servings : 3
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 50m

These Lentil Tacos are a great option for those watching calories or fat.  In this recipe, I used brown lentils. Make sure to rinse the lentils well in a strainer.


  • 1 Cup of Uncooked Lentils
  • 1/2 Small Onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 1/4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 4 Teaspoons of Dried Minced Onion
  • 3 Teaspoons of Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cumin
  • 1/8 - 1/4 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper. Use more or less depending on your heat preference.
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Oregano
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Hard Tortilla Shells


Step 1

Mix dried minced onion, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and oregano in a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Place garlic, onion, and bell pepper in a pan. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add lentils and seasoning mix. Cook for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add veggie broth, and bring to a boil.

Step 5

Once boiling, cover and lower heat. Cook for 30 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and lentils are soft but not mushy.

Step 6

Transfer to a bowl and mash beans with a fork.

Step 7

Scoop into tortillas and top with tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and salsa.

Cost Per Serving: About $2.00

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Comments (22)

  1. posted by Rachel on July 9, 2012

    Can you share the nacho looking sauce that you have topped the taco’s with? Looks yummy.

    • posted by keri on January 3, 2013

      agreed, i’d like to see this nacho sauce, too.

      …and these tacos rule. my good heavens! just delicious. thank you.

  2. posted by paschal.terrence on July 9, 2012

    Yes, sorry I should of added it in. The sauce is a Chipotle Cream Sauce.
    1/4 Cup of Veganaise
    1 Chipotle chile in adobo sauce
    1/8 Cup of salsa
    Juice of half a lime

    • posted by keri on January 22, 2013

      what is adobo sauce? and would regular mayonnaise work? i make my own…
      i don’t typically buy “vegan food” i just eat vegetables and stuff, so i don’t know if veganaise is like mayonnaise or if it’s got a different flavor or consistency; i would think my mayonnaise (while i could make it chipotle mayo) would maybe be the wrong base flavor. thanks for the recipe!!

      • posted by Stefan on March 26, 2013

        When you buy canned chipotle chiles, the chiles themselves are in a kind of a tomato sauce that takes on a lot of the smoky heat from the chiles – this sauce is called adobo sauce, and most recipes using chiles call for chopping up the chile still covered in sauce.

        Also, I don’t see why regular mayonnaise wouldn’t work here, especially if you’re making your own.

  3. posted by Rachel on July 9, 2012

    Thank you sooo much! Gonna try this recipe!!

  4. posted by Karen on August 5, 2012

    I made these tonight and they were delicious! Super easy to make and my family ate everything without so much as a peep! I can’t wait to try some more recipes, thanks!

  5. posted by Jeffz on January 13, 2013

    These were so very delicious! wow!

  6. posted by Toni on January 18, 2013

    Terrence, these are a-freaking-mazing! I skipped the oregano and garlic powder because I didn’t have any and doubled the cumin. I also made my taco shells. So good! Great job!

  7. posted by Rachelle on January 20, 2013

    just made these, had to improvise a bit on the ‘cream sauce’ but they were amazing and so filling! will definitely make them again, thanks for the recipe!

  8. posted by Rachelle on February 28, 2013

    i wanted to add that my friend (who is a meat eater) just made these and went on and on about how amazing they were… she thought they were way better than tacos made with ground beef! 🙂

  9. posted by Jesmyn on April 6, 2013

    What are the nutritional facts? These look amazing!

  10. posted by Amy on July 27, 2013

    I can’t wait to try these. What kind of Lentil’s will work best (black, green, ?)

  11. posted by sommer on November 20, 2013

    this was really tasty i only had red split lentils so it was mushy but still tasted yum!

  12. posted by Natalie on April 4, 2014

    This is my go-to lentil taco recipe now! YUM

  13. posted by Alissa on May 5, 2014

    made these last night and they were SO good! even my 16 year old liked them. will be using this recipe a lot! thank you

  14. posted by Albert Motz on May 23, 2014

    If you’ll begin 36 hours early, by soaking the lentils for 4 hours, and then letting them sit in a strainer, covered, rinsing them every 4 – 6 hours, they will germinate and have little white roots sticking out of most of them. That increases the nutrition (10-200%, depending on the nutrient) without any increase in calories. Works with any legume or seed.

  15. posted by Sheri Fuchser on February 14, 2017

    Do you think I could use cranberry beans instead of Lentils? I don’t have any lentils in the house!


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