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Lentil Tacos

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Growing up, it was always a treat when tacos were on the dinner menu. Seems like most kids can’t get enough of them!  Since I’ve become an adult, I must admit I’ve tended more towards the enchilada or tostada when I’m in the mood for some Mexican-inspired fare. But when I was recently craving the spicy goodness that is the taco, I remembered a great recipe we tried out several years ago using lentils.

We dusted it off, made a few tweaks, and ended up with a marvelous and simple meatless meal!  It’s surprising how satisfying the lentils are (even when expecting the traditional ground beef), and how much the homemade seasonings enhance the flavor. Alex actually admitted to liking them more than their meat-filled counterpart (which is saying something since though he eats mainly meatless these days, he’s still very much a meat-lover at heart).

Give them a try – they’re simple enough to prepare for a weeknight meal, but special enough to have everyone looking forward to Taco Night!

Lentil Tacos
 
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Makes: 4 to 6
What You Need
  • 1¼ cups brown lentils (8 ounces)
  • 3½ tablespoons homemade taco seasoning mix
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons ketchup
  • 8 to 12 whole grain or corn tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice: Lettuce, fresh tomatoes, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream
What To Do
  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring 1¾ cups salted water to a boil. Add 1¼ cup lentils, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 20 to 25 minutes, until most of the water has been absorbed.
  2. Mix the taco seasonings. Wash and chop the lettuce and fresh tomatoes, if using.
  3. Finely dice 1 red onion and 2 garlic cloves. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet; add red onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute more.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the lentils. Stir in 3½ tablespoons of taco seasoning mix and 1½ tablespoons ketchup. Add more seasoning if desired.
  5. To serve, add lentils to a warmed tortilla and top with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream. Fold and enjoy!
 

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  1. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

    I’m not only excited about the lentil tacos here (as I have had some lentils sitting around for a LONG time with no ideas in mind), but I’m almost more excited about the homemade taco seasoning! Yess!

  2. Jessica

    I didn’t see the recipe for the homemade taco seasoning. Can you please post it or send it to me? Thanks.

  3. JD Schuyler

    This is awesome!! I was just telling Jason how lentils are my new food that I’m cooking with. I’m off to guy buy some corn tortillas now. Thanks guy

  4. Melissa

    I made these tacos tonight and they were DELISH! Using the lentils was such a wonderful change from the norm. My family loved it. It will be our go to filling for taco nights. A huge thank you from our family to yours for a great recipe.

    1. Alex

      You’re welcome! We’re so glad you enjoyed them. They really might be tastier than ground beef – who knew?

  5. Alycia Freimund

    YUMMY. I made these and they were so good. I was out of taco seasoning so I used your receipe for that also. These were a little too spicy for the kids but my hubby and I loved them. I’m also linking this post within my menu monday blog. Thanks for a great recipe.

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      Sonja

      I’m so glad you liked them! It’s great to know others enjoy a recipe too — thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Emily Bradley

    I just made these, and although I was hopeful they’d be good, I wasn’t expecting that much. Wow was I surprised! These are really fantastic and quite honestly made my former weeknight chicken taco recipe pale in comparison.

    One thing I’m curious about: do you think the lentil mixture would freeze well? I’ve frozen lentil dishes of similar consistency (daal, stew-like soups, etc.) with great success, but I was wondering anyone had success freezing leftovers for this recipe.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. Sonja in Texas

    Hi, from another Sonja! Had to write and tell you how much we enjoyed this dish. Made them this afternoon for lunch. My taco was on corn tortilla and hubby had his on flour ones. Both were delicious. We topped the tacos with some ranch dressing combined with salsa. Nice little bit of moisture that hit the spot. Thanks for your beautifull collection of recipes.

  8. Molly

    Just wanted to add that we made these yesterday and, like everyone else has said, they really were amazing! If my eyes had been closed I would have thought it was beef, only I don’t really like “taco meat” beef and I LOVED this! (probably because it wasn’t greasy) You guys have got a new fan!

  9. Danielle

    I love your guys’ blog! I started looking through the recipes recently and knew I would love it. I made these lentil tacos last night and they were so tasty! I can’t wait to cook up some of your recipes.

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      Sonja

      Thanks, Danielle! I’m so glad you enjoyed these tacos – they are one of our absolute favorites! Let us know if you happen to try anything else :)

  10. Jennifer

    Hi,

    I would like to make this tomorrow night, but I would like to know if it is not necessary to soak the lentils one night before. If you get a chance, I would love to know!

    Thanks in advance!

  11. Pam

    We tried these tonight and they were delicious! I’m always looking for new ideas for vegetarian dinners, and we really enjoyed this one. Thanks for sharing!

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