Lentil Tacos

BY : PUBLISHED : July 9th, 2012 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

Looking for an easy vegan taco to add to your taco Tuesday menu? You'll love how delicious and easy these lentil tacos are! 

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three completed lentil tacos on a white surface with ingredients in the background

This Lentil Taco Recipe Is: 

  • Incredibly flavorful.
  • Will quickly become a part of your weeknight meal rotation.
  • Plant-based and vegan.
  • Easy to make and kid-approved!

Lentil Filling

This lentil filling is not only perfect as filling for these tacos, it would be a great addition to a colorful veggie bowl, a quinoa-filled burrito, or a hearty tomato sauce pasta. If you enjoy these lentils, you can prepare them for any dish. It’s a great basic lentil recipe for you to go to again and again. 

Cooking dry lentils is also a great way to save some money and prep for a healthy week of cooking ahead. If you double or triple the batch, you can keep them in your refrigerator for a few days ready to be turned into an amazing meal. Here's a Complete Guide to Lentils if you want to learn more.

Protein & Fiber Combo

These Lentil Tacos have many things going for them. They are delicious, easy to make, and very filling. And if that wasn't compelling enough, they are packed with protein and fiber, which are two very sought-after macronutrients. The combination of ingredients makes them super filling and highly nutritious, especially with the addition of good fats like avocado and some greens like shredded romaine lettuce. These tacos have it all! 

Have you ever tried lentils in your tacos? What’s your favorite way to cook lentils? Let us know in the comments! 

three completed lentil tacos on a white surface with ingredients in the backgroundLentil Taco Ingredients

  • Lentils: 1 cup, uncooked
  • Dried Minced Onion: 4 teaspoons (can also use onion powder)
  • Chili Powder: 3 teaspoons
  • Garlic Powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Paprika: ½ teaspoon
  • Ground Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne Pepper: ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon (use more or less depending on your heat preference)
  • Dried Oregano: ½ teaspoon
  • Onion: ½ of red or yellow onion, diced
  • Garlic Cloves: 2, minced
  • Bell Pepper: 1 medium, diced (red or green)
  • Vegetable Broth: 2 ¼ cups
  • Tortilla Shells: hard or soft
  • Tomato: 1, diced for topping
  • Avocado: 1, diced for topping
  • Lettuce: 1 cup, shredded for topping
  • Salsa: for garnish, optional

How to Make Vegetarian Lentil Tacos:

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

  • Mix dried minced onion (or onion powder), chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and oregano in a bowl and set aside.
  • Next, in a large pan (with a lid) over medium-high heat, place onion, garlic, and bell pepper and saute for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Then, add lentils and seasoning mix. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add veggie broth and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, cover and lower heat. Cook for 30 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and lentils are soft but not mushy.
  • Transfer to a bowl and mash lentils with a fork.
  • Scoop into tortillas and top with tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and salsa.

What Should You Serve with Lentil Tacos?

Who doesn't love a good taco? The great thing about taco night is that there are so many yummy sides you can serve with your lentil tacos. From classic chips and salsa to mexican rice, enjoy your tacos with a side or even by themselves. You can even end your meal with a Mexican Hot Chocolate for dessert!

Lentil Taco FAQs

Can you freeze lentil tacos?

You can prepare the lentil tacos ahead of time, and store them in an airtight container in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy your tacos again.

How to cook lentil taco meat?

Cooking lentil taco meat is easy and delicious! Follow the directions on how to cook your lentils for this taco recipe.

Three corn shells filled with lentil taco filling.

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three completed lentil tacos on a white surface with ingredients in the background

Lentil Tacos

Terrence Paschal
These Lentil Tacos are a great option for a protein-packed and nutritious meal. It's easy to make and is filling, simple, and a great lunch/dinner option for the family.
4.97 from 28 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 tacos
Calories 206 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup uncooked lentils
  • 4 teaspoons of dried minced onion or onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper use more or less depending on your heat preference
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ of a small yellow or red onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper diced
  • 2 ¼ cups of vegetable broth
  • Hard or soft tortilla shells
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • Salsa for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Mix dried minced onion (or onion powder), chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and oregano in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a large pan (with a lid) over medium-high heat, place onion, garlic, and bell pepper and saute for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add lentils and seasoning mix. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add veggie broth and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, cover and lower heat. Cook for 30 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and lentils are soft but not mushy.
  • Transfer to a bowl and mash lentils with a fork.
  • Scoop into tortillas and top with tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and salsa.

Notes

You can prepare the lentil tacos ahead of time, and store them in an airtight container in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy your tacos again.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 572mgPotassium: 684mgFiber: 14gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1505IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg
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About Terrence Paschal

Plant based food, micro brews, punk rock, and running are what I am about.

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  1. mrs e says

    what kind of lentils work best?

    • Andrea White says

      Hi! Whichever you have on hand should work out perfectly. Enjoy!

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