Lentil Tacos

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I don’t know about you but I love tacos! In my mind, Taco Tuesday is a real thing.

Most kids love tacos, and I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t consider tacos to be a family favorite.

 

Vegan Gluten-Free Plant-Based Lentil Tacos

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I first started using lentil in tacos before we went plant-based. We had three growing (read hungry) kids at home who were in elementary school and we were on a tight budget. I started adding cooked lentils to our ground beef to make it go further. My kids barely noticed the lentils.

That moved started my love of lentils. They are a low fat and high fiber food with 9 grams of protein for a half cup serving. That’s basically 2 tacos for me.

Additionally lentils are inexpensive and very easy to cook, perfect for beginners.

You can buy dry lentils in the bean section of any grocery store. They will cost less than $2 per pound for conventional lentils. I almost always buy brown lentils. I like buying them from Amazon because I can get a better variety. This kind cost more but they are non-gmo and you can trace which field they were grown in. Pretty cool!

UPDATE: If you have an Instant Pot check out my Instant Pot Lentil Tacos!

Lentil Tacos

This vegan recipe is so good even the carnivores will be asking for more.

The tacos can be made to each family members preference. My husband and I enjoy ours with lettuce, lentils, guacamole, and fresh salsa. If I had been making burritos or nachos I would have made a dairy-free cheeze sauce and possibly added more beans.

Lentil Tacos
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry lentils (rinsed)
  • taco seasoning (chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin) to taste
  • 2 oz tomato sauce
  • lettuce
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • tortillas
Instructions
  1. Cook lentils in a medium sauce pan with 2 cups of water.
  2. Cook them for 15 minutes or until they are soft.
  3. If there is still water in the pan drain them.
  4. Add taco seasoning to taste and the tomato sauce.
  5. Stir and enjoy.

 

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  1. Jacqueline A. says:

    This recipe looks so yummy! We are going to try it this week:)

  2. How much of each of the ingredients for the taco seasoning do you use? Thanks!

  3. It really depends on how spicy I want it. I don’t usually measure I just add it little by little until I get the flavor I want. You can start with 1/2 tsp onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and 1 tsp chili powder. Increase each by 1/2 tsp until you get the flavor you like. I’ll try to come up with a “recipe” and post it soon. 🙂

  4. This was SO good

  5. Pickle Mom says:

    This recipe has been our family fave for about a year now–everyone loves it–the hubs, and our 5, 3, and 1 year olds. I usually double the recipe here and use the leftovers as a snack throughout the week–we scoop it up with corn chips. I also turned it into a new dish as well. I prepare the lentils (always red in our house…my kids find them more appealing than green) as directed above. I add in corn and peas and serve on top of a bed of mashed potatoes. Feels great seeing the kids happily chowing down on lentils and veggies!

    • That is so cool! I’m thrilled to hear of a whole family enjoying lentils and veggies! GREAT JOB! They would probably like the Shepherd’s Pie as well. Check it out! I love lentils. I often pack them in my 4 year old’s lunch box with a little BBQ sauce. Lentils are so versatile! One of my favorite “go to” items!

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