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These green tacos are color-themed, featuring green lentils, green cabbage, and a bright green cilantro sauce!

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This post was created in partnership with One Degree Organic Foods. All opinions are our own. 

Ready for some easy vegan tacos…themed around a color? Yes, these Green Tacos are not only supremely tasty and done in 30 minutes: they’ve got a theme too! Green lentils, green onion, green salsa, and green cilantro sauce: what’s not to love? And they’re all wrapped up in our favorite organic tortillas from One Degree Organics, a family-business that sources organic ingredients from farmers and tells their stories. For example, some of the corn for these tortillas was farmed in Mexico by a woman farmer Imelda Ramirez Herrera. Keep reading for the recipe for these easy green tacos and more about the company.

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About the company: One Degree Organics

The company behind the tortillas in these green tacos, One Degree Organics, happens to be owned by the family of my friend Sondra, a fellow mama with a babe close in age to Larson. I’ve come to find that kids the same age make for an instant bond of friendship! Sondra couldn’t be lovelier and I’m absolutely certain her entire family is the same way. The amazing thing is part of their business is to fly all over the world finding sources for their organic products. Serious dream job!

The goal of One Degree Organics is to bring food straight from a farm to your table so there’s only one degree of separation between you and person who grew your food — like a farmer’s market. And who’s heard of doing this with things like tortillas?! It’s truly cutting edge. Also, all of One Degree’s products (sprouted grain flours, cereals, breads, and granolas) are sprouted, traceable, organic, and non-GMO project verified. We loved using their organic tortillas as the base of these easy green tacos!

Where to buy these tortillas? Find One Degree Organics in a store near you!

Organic tortillas

How to make green tacos

These tacos are very loosely based on an idea from our friend Ellen of her late night tacos. Instead of taco meat, green lentils spiced with cumin and garlic powder stand in as the base of these green tacos. After we started with green lentils, we realized we could use the theme of green (verde) for all the toppings! Green onion, green cabbage, green drizzle, and green salsa. With that, our “verde” taco recipe was born.

These green tacos are bursting with flavor and seriously quick: they take just 30 minutes to make. We’ve used One Degree Organics sprouted organic tortillas in our vegan taco recipe.  The taco is incredibly tasty: the combination of fresh flavors and textures is fantastic: the chewy lentils, creamy cilantro sauce, and crunchy green cabbage make for a seriously satisfying taco.

The component of these green tacos that requires a little forethought is the creamy cilantro sauce, which is based on our cashew cream recipe. It’s a creamy, dairy-free sauce that uses blended cashews as the base. Because the cashews need to soak before blending the sauce, you’ll need to make sure you allow enough time.

The very shortest amount of soak time that works is 30 minutes if you have a high-speed blender. If you have a standard blender, we recommend 1 hour or even overnight to soak the cashews. So, just start them soaking in the morning when you go to work! (If you do eat dairy, you can absolutely just use sour cream instead, and these tacos will be just as delicious.)

Related: Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners | How to Cook Lentils

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (8 tacos) 1x

Description

These green tacos are color-themed, featuring green lentils, green cabbage, and a bright green cilantro sauce!


Ingredients

Scale

For the lentils

  • 1 ½ cups green lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

For the tacos


Instructions

  1. Soak the cashews for the Creamy Cilantro Sauce for at least 30 minutes while making the remainder of the recipe (for a high speed blender), or soak them overnight or the morning of if you think of it. The longer the better! (You also can make the sauce ahead — see instructions in the cilantro sauce recipe!).
  2. Place the lentils in a pot with 6 cups warm water. Bring to a low boil, then boil for about 15 to 20 minutes until just al dente (taste often to assess doneness). Drain, then stir in the olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, and kosher salt.
  3. Thinly slice the green onions. Thinly slice the cabbage. If using, chop the avocado.
  4. Meanwhile, make the Creamy Cilantro Sauce.
  5. Warm the tortillas according to the package instructions*. (We typically char ours on an open flame, but that’s not the preferred method with the One Degree tortillas.) To serve, top the tortillas with lentils, green onions, green cabbage, salsa verde, torn cilantro leaves, and cilantro drizzle.

Notes

*See How to Warm Tortillas for more!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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22 Comments

  1. Caitlin says:

    Just to confirm…Do I need to double the water for the lentils if I’m doubling the recipe? 6c of water already seems like a lot…

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      I would! You are boiling the lentils like pasta in this recipe and draining the excess.

  2. Kerry-Ann says:

    Hello, can I use red lentils or split peas to replace the green lentils? It’s what I already have.

    Will it change the taste or recipe?

    Thanks!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      The split peas should work.

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