Quinoa-Lentil Tacos

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We eat a lot of Mexican food around here. A few of the first recipes I posted were Lentil Tacos and Quinoa Tacos. Most of the time I prefer a combination of the two. Enter Quinoa-Lentil Tacos.

Quinoa-Lentil Tacos

I made these for some ladies last week and they all wanted the recipe so I guess everyone else loves them as much as we do. We don’t always keep tortillas on hand anymore so we normally eat this on nachos or in a lettuce wrap. I assure you these are great in stuffed burritos too.

It’s easy to throw these together with ingredients that are already cooked. When I make a big batch of quinoa and lentils, I’ll make these when I don’t have a lot of time to cook.

Quinoa-Lentil Tacos

Try using this taco filling on baked potatoes too.

This recipe can be kept warm in the oven or a crockpot until ready to eat. Try Quinoa-Lentil Tacos with Faux Cheese Sauce, Unfried Beans, and Mexican Rice. This recipe is pretty mild since I serve it to company and kids often but I love to spice it up!

If your family is not following a plant-based diet this recipe could be added to your traditional tacos to make them healthier, more filling, and more frugal.

This recipe will make about 4 cups of taco “meat” and you can use about 1/4 cup per taco for a total of 16 tacos give or take a few and about half as many burritos.

Quinoa-Lentil Tacos

This healthy, plant-based taco recipe is both filling and delicious. Choose your favorite ingredients or make it a Taco Bar so everyone can make it their way.

Quinoa-Lentil Tacos
  • 2 c cooked quinoa
  • 2 c cooked brown lentils
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper (optional more spice)
  • add your favorite taco fixings like lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and tortillas
  1. If quinoa and lentils are cold heat in microwave or on stove until warm.
  2. Mix the lentils, quinoa, seasonings and tomato sauce together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Assemble your tacos with your favorite ingredients.


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  1. I’m seeing lentil tacos everywhere! I think it’s time I tried them! I also make quinoa and lentils all the time but haven’t combined the two. Sounds fab!

  2. I like the lettuce wraps – crisp to the warm filling 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for sharing, Holly. They were SOOOO delicious as was everything you made last Thursday at “Healthy Cravings”. Will you be sharing all recipes for everything you served?

  4. Mexican food is my favorite and totally vegan friendly in most areas! These tacos look amazing!

  5. We also eat tons of Mexican foods. Making lentil tacos (in lettuce!) this week! Yay!

  6. I loved these! So easy! I cooked the lentils and quinoa together in the same pot – it made them mushy, but that was perfect as a taco filler. Great recipe!

  7. This was soooooooo good!!! Even my picky 4.5yr AND almost 10month old ate it!

    • We had this tonight too! I’m glad your kids liked it, my 4 year tried to act like he didn’t but I think he was just hoping for something else. 🙂

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