Lentil Tacos Recipe

by Maria on January 22, 2013

Lentil Taco Recipe

So my baby girl turned one this weekend. sniff sniff. How did that happen??? In honor of her officially not being an infant anymore, a couple months ago I made a goal to lose those clingy extra pounds that had refused to budge for the last 10 months. I am happy to say, “I DID IT!” Twenty pounds gone! Everyone has been asking how I did it. One of the most important things I did was make sure I ate at least 25 grams of fiber every day. These delicious lentil tacos are packed with fiber. I have a few other favorite ways to work lentils into our menu. Lentil soups, like this Leftover Turkey Lentil Soup are great, but my favorite meal that features lentils is this little darling I am sharing with you today. These lentils can be used in tacos, burritos, mexican lasagna, and even as a “sauce” layer on mexican pizza. 

This is a regular at our house and the leftovers make great nacho’s or burritos for lunch the next day. I have learned to go ahead and pull out my big daddy saute pan so I can double the recipe. The original recipe includes a taco seasoning packet, but if you prefer you can make your own. There are lots of great recipes out there like this one from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. If you are interested in easy ways to get more fiber in your diet, check out my post on High Fiber Meals and Snacks.

Lentil Tacos

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped

1 cup dry lentils, rinsed thoroughly

1 (2.25 oz) package taco seasoning, or equivalent of homemade taco seasoning

2 1/2-3 cups vegetable or chicken broth

Lightly pan fried corn tortillas

Favorite taco toppings, our family likes: cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, avacodo, olives and sour cream

Directions:

  • Saute onion and garlic in oil until tender.
  • Add rinsed lentils, taco seasoning and broth
  • Bring mixture to a boil
  • Turn heat down to a simmer, cover lentils and let simmer for 30-35 minutes
  • Uncover and continue to simmer for 8-10 minutes until mixture thickens and lentils are tender.

Enjoy!

Maria

P.S. If you choose to make homemade taco seasoning for this recipe, I have tried it with smoked paprika and also with regular paprika. I am a huge fan of smoked paprika, but I have to admit in this recipe I preferred the regular paprika.

 

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie January 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

Big daddy sauce pan…ha ha ha! You always make me laugh. And seriously, how did baby girl get to be a year old? Seriously? And I have a confession…I have never eaten lentils and I don’t even know what they are. Gasp! Should I be embarrassed?

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Maria January 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

Oh Jackie, what am I going to do with you….NEVER eaten lentils? You should be humiliated!!! Just Kidding, I too never had them until about 10 years ago when someone made me some delicous lentil soup when I was sick. I was like “Hey, what are these delicious little bean like things?” They are a legume, but I think they are more fun to eat then beans because they are so small there texture is much different and they really take on the flavors they are cooked in. You should give them a try. They have so much protein and fiber they are a great way to have a meatless meal without missing the meat. :)
Baby Girl really wants to see you. She is so funny and Tiny you will be shocked and wonder if she is really my child. Miss you friend!

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Jackie January 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

Just to clarify again, I meant sauté pan, not sauce pan. Ha ha ha! Thanks for the good laugh over that last night. I hope you’re feeling better today. Love ya!

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Aubrey January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Way to go Maria, losing 20 pounds! These lentil tacos look delicious! I’m on a whole foods cleanse right, but I can eat 1 cup of lentils a day. :-) I’m going to have to make these, the only bummer is that I won’t be able to have a corn tortilla…That’s ok, I’ll be done in a couple weeks and we’ll make it again. :-)

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Shasta January 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Maria…these look great BUT what I’d REALLY like to see is maybe a sample of one’s days menu for you that enabled you to pack in that much fiber. I’m dead serious. I’m on my own weight loss journey, I literally need to lose my 9 year old who isn’t quite 100 pounds! I’m 13 pounds down, I’ll meet my first goal at 20. It’s tough but I feel better already.

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Maria January 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Shasta That is awesome you are down thirteen already. You can do it! I am super sick with the flu right now, but as soon as I am feeling better I will make an amazing list for you, with easy meal and snack ideas. I like to make sure I always pair my fiber with protein so most of my ideas are high in fiber and protein. I love sharing ideas with others.

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Mira (Sewing the Littleheart Collection) January 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I just tried this for dinner, and it was excellent! Even my husband loved it! Thank you so much for sharing…

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Maria January 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I am so glad Mira. My whole family loves this recipe too. It is one of those dishes I feel really super amazing watching my kids eat…because they have no idea how much healthyness I just snuck into their bodies. :)

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DELLOB February 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Hi Maria…Could you possibley share your diet with me…I think i’m not eating enough protien. The Lentil Tacos are killer and healthy. I have been making them for a long time and then forgot about them. So if you could be so nice to send your diet to me, i have 40lbs to loose and i have never dieted before. Thanks………..

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Maria February 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

The list of snacks and meals I posted last week http://www.themotherhuddle.com/high-fiber-meal-and-snack-ideas/ Is a list of most of the foods I ate and have been eating. As far as the diet goes, I ate 5-6 times a day. Breakfast at 7:30 or 8:00 am, snack at 10:00 am, lunch at 12:30 pm, snack at 3:00 and dinner at 5:30 or 6:00 pm. If I really needed another snack I would eat it before 8:00 pm. I think the key to helping me lose weight was the fiber, not eating after dinner, only eating sugary foods one day a week, two max and drinking lots of water. Good luck! You can do it!

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Pam February 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

My husband and I had the lentil tacos tonight and give them a big Thumbs Up! I’m always looking for tasty vegan meals since changing our diet for health reasons 15 months ago. We put baby spinach leaves , vegan cheese and salsa in the tacos, too. Thanks!

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Maria February 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I am always happy to hear that people like the recipes. We love them at our house too. I am glad they work for you and your vegan diet. We try to eat meatless at least three or four times a week.

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Pam March 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I had left over lentil taco filling and decided to make a taco salad for lunch. It worked great! I warmed the lentils in a soup bowl, topped them with Veggie Shreds ( you can use real cheese), and used Italian dressing. Salsa would work nicely ,too. I put left over salad on top. A great, fiber filled, healthy lunch!

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