If you are looking for a non-meat alternative the next time you make tacos, you must try this Delicious Lentil Taco recipe. Not only super easy to make but also healthy!
Lentils can be beneficial for heart health as they contain fiber, folic acid, and potassium. Lentils also contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber for your diet.
💭 How to cook Lentils
If you are not sure how to cook lentils, rinse the lentils with water then place them in a saucepan with enough water to cover the lentils by 2-3 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and let simmer until tender, about 25-30 minutes.
Since this Lentil Taco recipe calls for 2 cups of cooked lentils. You will need approximately 1 cup of dry lentils to yield the 2 cups of cooked lentils. Usually, lentils double in size once cooked.
I suggest a white onion for this taco recipe but you can use a different kind of onion if it's more convenient for you. Here's an article on Choosing the Right Onion that might help as well.
As with most taco recipes that I publish, the toppings listed on the recipe card are some of my favorites. You can use some, none or all of them. Use whatever sounds good to you!
🌮 How many Tacos per Person
For planning purposes, you should plan for two tacos per person. Each taco will have approximately 2 ounces of meat plus toppings. For reference, one pound of ground beef will yield about 14 ounces once cooked.
If you are a Taco lover, you need to check out our Top 5 Taco Recipes.
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📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Delicious Lentil Tacos recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Lentils, White Onion, Olive Oil, Garlic Cloves, Vegetable Broth, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dried Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Paprika, Ground Cumin, Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper and Tortillas. Optional ingredients include: Shredded Lettuce, Jalapeños, Guacamole, Mexican Blend Cheese and Sour Cream.
🥣 How to make Lentil Tacos
Cook the lentils according to the directions on the package. Set Aside.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook for 4-5 minutes stirring frequently until the onion is translucent.
Add the garlic and all the spices and cook for another minute, stirring frequently.
Add the lentils and vegetable broth and stir to combine. Use a potato masher to gently mash the lentils until they start to look like ground meat. Cook another few minutes until hot.
Place a spoonful or two into the warmed corn tortillas and optionally garnish with your favorite taco toppings.
Delicious Lentil Tacos
- 2 Cups Lentils, cooked
- 1 White Onion, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- ½ tablespoon Chili Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Dried Oregano
- ¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- ½ teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ¼ Cup Vegetable Broth
- 10 Tortillas, corn or flour
- Lettuce, shredded
- Fresh Jalapeño
- Mexican Blend Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Cook the lentils according to the directions on the package. Set Aside.
- In a skillet over medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook for 4-5 minutes stirring frequently until the onion is translucent.
- Add the garlic and all the spices and cook for another minute, stirring frequently.
- Add the lentils and vegetable broth and stir to combine. Use a potato masher to gently mash the lentils until they start to look like ground meat. Cook another few minutes until hot.
- Place a spoonful or two into the warmed corn tortillas and optionally garnish with your favorite taco toppings.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.