Friday, August 31, 2012

Lentil Tacos

This recipe is so fun! Lentils are such a great replacement for meat when seasoned just right. Not to mention they're much more affordable! You could use this filling for tacos, burritos, taco salad, the possibilites are endless.

 Lentil Tacos (adapted from Post Punk Kitchen)
1 c. dry lentils
2 c. water
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. onion powder
1 t. oregano
1 t. chili powder
1/2 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. chipotle chile powder (or more if you like heat)
2 T. oil
3 T. tomato paste
8-10 taco shells
shredded cheese
In a pot, combine lentils and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.

 Meanwhile, combine all the spices in a small bowl.
 Lentils will be plump and no water will remain when they're done.
 In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add lentils, spice mixture, tomato paste, and 1/3 c. water.
 Mix and mash. Add more water if needed. Season with more salt to taste.
 Scoop into taco shells and top with salsa and cheese.
Lentils are significantly more nutritious than red meat. Not only are they rich in protein, folic acid, and B-vitamins, but they are an outstanding source of fiber, which you can't get from meat. Enjoy!


  1. Mikelle! These are so darn good! I made them tonight and we LOVED them. I actually like them better than the typical beef version. I try to include vegetarian meals into my menu often but don't have many recipes that both I and my husband like and this one definitely hit the spot for both of us. Thanks. Hope you're doing well! -Kelli

  2. Hey, Kelli! We are doing well. How about you? I'm so glad your family liked these! I also try to include meatless dishes at our house, and it can be tricky with the hubby and kids. Hope you're family is doing well, too! :)

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    1. This makes about 6-8 servings.

  4. I made these last night and they were so good! My non-loving lentil husband (he normally just says lentils are ok) said that this recipe is a keeper. I think this spice mix would be good to make lentil balls with for vegetarian spaghetti too. Thank you for sharing.

    1. That's a great idea! I'm glad you and your hubby liked these!

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  6. Hello, Can you make this ahead of time, and reheat?

    1. Hey, Leslie. I'm sure that you could make this taco filling and refrigerate or freeze it. I've never done it, but that's a great idea! Let me know if you try it and how it turned out. :)