Lentil Tacos

Lentils cost .98 a bag.  I used about half the bag to make these tacos.  I didn’t calculate the cost of making this recipe, which feeds 6 people, but it is low.  A very rough estimate would be $4.00 total, so about 70 cents a serving.  Not bad for something this healthy and good.

The recipe is from a very old copy of Light and Tasty magazine.  I’ve been using it for years.  Here’s what you’ll need:


Use this just like you would taco meat.  I don’t find it too much different.  My oldest daughter loves these much more than beef tacos.  My meat loving son doesn’t care for them, but will eat them.

Lentil Tacos

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 1 cups lentils
  • 2 Tbs. oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • taco shells and toppings
  1. Rinse the lentils and drain them.
  2. In a large skillet, saute the onion and garlic together.
  3. Add the lentils and spices, cook for a minute.
  4. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Uncover and cook a few more minutes to thicken.
  7. Add the salsa.
  8. Serve in taco shells with lettuce and tomato, if desired.


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  1. Mmmm, my kind of recipe 🙂

  2. I love lentils! I’m thinking about making this tonight and using for nachos.

  3. Oh, lentils are great in tacos. this is a nice recipe.

  4. This is definitely gonna be tonight’s dinner – thanks!

  5. I made these for supper last night and they were great! My husband was quite skeptical because he is such a meat man, but he said he loved them! ALL of my kids ate them. Thanks for this great recipe!

  6. Sarah Elizabeth says:

    Oh thanks…visiting from SITS…first..thanks for having a veggie folder!!! love ya for that! sometimes I’m hardpressed to find anything on the menu for a vegetarian. We eat at home almost always…and am always looking for interesting ways to use beans! I’m going to give it a try with veggie broth instead of chicken broth. It looks delicious! Plus I can still saute some meat on the side for my Meat-Lover Hubby. Opposites Attract..lol.

    I’m a little late on my visit, I’m playing catch up, i was under the weather when you where featured…so Congrats on your feature and I’ll be back! Have a great week…Always, Sarah

  7. Found you through SITS and so glad. This recipe is perfect for the lenten season which has now begun. Can’t wait to try…

  8. Thank you for a great recipe to introduce my family to lentils!
    I mashed the lentils slightly and served it on a tostada with lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and tomato. My husband now prefers this over hamburger for tacos and tostadas.

    Any more great ideas for lentils?

  9. We had these tonight and they were fabulous!
    I added a small can of corn after the lentils were cooked. My husband and kids loved them! In fact my 3 year old ate THREE taco’s!!

  10. Made this for dinner last night and had leftovers for lunch today. SO yummy!

    I had them in a soft taco, but you could definitely use this mixture for anything you would use taco meat for – nachos, taco pizza, layered dips. This recipe is tasty, easy, cheap, good for you AND it makes a lot! That’s my kind of meal!

    My meat-loving husband was seriously skeptical and I won’t go as far as saying he loved this, but he’ll eat it without complaining too much, which is far more than I can say for most other vegetarian recipes.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. My daughter loves this recipe too and my husband and I enjoy it very much. Tonight I am going to throw it altogether in a taco salad, substituting this lentil recipe for the seasoned ground beef. I’m anticipating it will be delicious!

  12. WenDee Riffe says:

    mmm~~~these look good!!!!

  13. Our main meal is at noon. I have the ingredients and this will be our noon meal today. I believe this is a keeper.

  14. I made Lentil Nachos using leftovers. : )
    You can view the recipe here: http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2011/12/lentil-nachos-leftovers/

  15. Natalie says:

    Tiffany… have you ever tried this in a slow cooker? Do you see any reason that wouldn’t work or are there any adjustments you’d make to do it that way?


    • I’ve never tried it in a slow cooker. I think it would work. I’m guessing that when you first open the crockpot, it might be too liquidy, but maybe it would thicken up in a few minutes of being left uncovered. If you try it, let us know how it works!

  16. Made these tonight, but added about 8 oz of ground turkey (otherwise the husband wouldn’t eat them without complaint) and I absolutely loved the lentils. I will probably make these for myself again to have something to eat that’s warm and quick during the week.

    Really enjoyed them. Thank you!


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