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