Lentil and Grilled Vegetable Tacos

Lentil and Grilled Vegetable Tacos

We love the latest taco craze in restaurants, bars and food trucks — because we can’t get enough of them either!  Whether they’re totally authentic or ideas with creative flair, we love finding new and interesting filling combinations.

Since we eat mainly meatless at home, it’s sometimes a challenge thinking of vegetarian taco ideas that are both flavorful and satisfying. This time, we decided to combine our favorite standard lentil tacos recipe with another one of our favorites — grilled vegetables!  The result was a delicious combination that had just the right amount of contrasting textures and flavor complexity to satisfy our palates.

Lentil tacos is one of our favorite go to recipes — and I’m noticing as I write this that we posted the original recipe 1 year ago today!  This recipe has definitely stood the test of time. In this most recent version, I got lazy and didn’t want to make the entire taco seasoning batch, so I threw all the spices in with the lentils. It may seem like a lot of spices, but you’ll likely find many of them in your spice drawer (if not, they’re good ones to have around!).

These tacos may take a bit of time to put together (especially if you try out all the components), but they’re worth it!  To save time, you could purchase your tortillas. And make sure to make up the pickled onions in advance (they’re easy to put together!).


And, don’t forget to check out our tortilla press giveaway!

Other Tacos from Around the Web
Black bean tacos with zucchini avocado salsa from Love and Lemons
Summer squash tacos with avocado chimichurri from Cookie and Kate
Soft shell squash tacos from Happyolks
Spiced black bean, grilled avocado, and goat cheese tacos from Naturally Ella
White fish tacos from Annie’s Eats
Raw tacos from My New Roots
Peachy sweet corn tacos with lentils and basil slaw from My First Mess

Lentil and Grilled Vegetable Tacos

Serves 4 to 6

What You Need
For the lentils
1 1/4 cups brown lentils (8 ounces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoons black pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (or more, depending on your spice tolerance)

For the vegetables
Seasonal vegetables of your choice – we used summer squash, zucchini, and onion
Olive oil
Kosher salt

To serve
Tortillas (make your own, or purchase them)
Pickled red onions
Chili lime sour cream

What To Do

1  In a medium saucepan, bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil (and add a pinch of kosher salt). Once boiling, add 1 1/4 cup brown lentils, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 20 to 25 minutes, until most of the water has been absorbed.

2  Turn off the heat, then stir in: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, pinch crushed red pepper flakes (or more, depending on your spice tolerance).

3  Heat a grill to medium heat. Cut the vegetables into thin strips. Place them in a bowl; toss with enough olive oil to coat, and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Grill until tender, for about 5 minutes, turning frequently. (You may lose some vegetables through the grill grates, but you can count these as casualties of the cause!

4  To serve, add lentils to a warmed tortilla; top with pickled onions and chili lime sour cream.

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Comments 12

  1. Melissa @ Kids in the Sink

    I’m still learning the grill but these look amazing! I love your other version of lentil tacos but adding grilled veggies to it sounds even better. Can’t wait to try this and hopefully not fail with the grilled veggies!

  2. Cookie and Kate

    I love lentils and tacos so much! Your lentil tacos look fantastic, I’ll have to give them a try soon. Glad your site is back up and thank you for the link love!

  3. Dave

    I usually do these with half a bottle of beer instead of ketchup, you get that
    nice yeasty flavor without all the added sugar.
    viva mexico !

  4. Jess

    I just made these for dinner. I was honestly a little bit weirded out about the ketchup, but I’m so glad I made these anyway. Absolutely delicious!

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