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Tasty Lentil Tacos Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Tasty Lentil Tacos

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"This fun taco dish is both healthy and delicious. It will be a hit with the entire family! Serve with your favorite taco fillings, such as sour cream, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and Cheddar cheese."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Mix lentils and taco seasoning into onion mixture; cook and stir for 1 minute.
  2. Pour chicken broth into skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet, and simmer until lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Uncover the skillet and cook until mixture is slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Mash lentils slightly; stir in salsa.
  4. Serve about 1/4 cup lentil mixture in each taco shell.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 06, 2013

This was a very good Taco Dish. I was skeptical since it lacked meat; however it's filled with flavor and quite filling. I made a few changes to the original recipe: -I used Corn Oil since I had no canola oil. The corn oil didn't seem to conflict with the meal's harmony. -I tried some with chopped tomatoes, but it took away from the overall flavor. I'll omit chopped tomatoes in the future, or at least cook/grill the tomatoes prior. -I added cilantro. This addition made it perfect! Many Mexican-style meals call for cilantro anyway, and I intend to use it whenever I cook this meal again. One taco filled me up, and there were lots of leftovers for breakfast/lunch meals I can bring to work. When I have a cute eccentric vegetarian girl over, I'll be sure to make her this and disable her with a filled satisfied belly…that way she wouldn’t be able to escape my advancements. >:-) Overall it was a very good, low-maintenance, filling and abundant meal worth the preparation. Will recommend to friends, and especially cute eccentric vegetarian girls.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 28, 2014

I thought these were okay. I make a lentil soup from the site, that had so much the same flavor. I think, I would have preferred tacos using a recipe like refried beans without the refry from the site. This just didn't give me that taco flavor. The lentil taste was just very prominent. I might like it more as a salad somehow. I didn't much care for the hard taco shells with it. Otherwise, it was quick and affordable to make. It also gave me more ideas to further this concept for non-meat tacos. I will have to see what my husband says about this.

Sep 14, 2012

This is so much better than it has any right to be, and has quickly become one of my favorite recipes! It's very friendly to dietary restrictions and easily becomes vegan. Be sure to stir in the salsa with the lentils at the end... it has a significant impact on the overall flavor and texture.

Oct 29, 2012

Great use of lentils. Didn't change a thing. Turned out great. Will make it again and again.

Nov 13, 2012

I love lentils, and this was a good way to use them. I added chopped veggies like green peppers, zucchini, and cauliflower, some corn and a can of green chilies. I froze servings in a muffin pan and popped them out in a freezer bag to have for later. Thank you for this recipe!

Aug 06, 2012

We really enjoyed this dish. I used Taco Seasoning I (AR). Easy and yummy served this with Easy Authentic Spanish Rice (AR). My lentils took about 40 minutes before they softened up. Even my kids and hubby really enjoyed these. Great for a "Meatless Monday" dinner :)

Jul 10, 2013

Great texture. That is normally the hang up with me and my family. The taste can be amazing but if we don't like the texture I won't make it again. My youngest son, the pickiest, thought this mimicked ground beef exactly. My husband, the omnivore, thought it was good...drowning in condiments. I served these as nachos instead of tacos. Made pico de gallo and guacamole to go with it and we scarfed this down! I cooked my lentils down with brown rice and I think that was a good choice for us. 3/4 cup lentils 3/4 cup brown rice 4 cups 'beef' broth. I will most certainly be making this again and again.

Feb 19, 2013

I wanted to like this more than I did, but it could have just been expectations vs reality so no real points off for that one. My reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it was extremely watery! I followed the directions exactly and even after letting it simmer uncovered it was still more like a stew/chili than a taco. I ate it that way anyways and then strained the rest in a colander, which resulted in a much better consistency. I'll probably reduce the broth next time by 1/3 cup and see how that goes.


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  • Calories
  • 304 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 10 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 9.2 g
  • 37%
  • Protein
  • 9.4 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 714 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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