Lentil Taco “Meat”


Taco Tuesday is a favorite around here! We literally eat taco salad, tacos, nachos, fajitas, etc. EVERY single Tuesday. Being a vegetarian, I am always looking for ways to spice up whatever form of taco I am eating. I discovered you can use lentils in place of meat in a lot of dishes, so why not taco meat!?


  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chiles, drained (chop fresh)


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened (5 to 7 minutes). Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Stir in lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the broth has evaporated and the lentils are tender.
  2. Uncover and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the mixture has thickened. Stir in tomatoes and salsa.
  3. Use lentil mixture however you please and add your favorite toppings!


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