Easy and Delicious Lentil Tacos

Have you ever heard of lentil tacos?  Up until a few years ago, I certainly hadn’t.

A new spin on an old favorite. Lentil Tacos! Try this healthy AND delicious recipe tonight!

I am mostly vegetarian, although I will eat some seafood on occasion.  My husband, on the other hand, is most decidedly a carnivore.  He is a great sport about eating meatless meals, though.  It has certainly been an interesting journey figuring out how to cook for the both of us, but we’ve gotten better and better at preparing meals that work for us.

So, a number of years ago, a good friend of mine, Angela, invited me and my husband over to dinner one weekend.  When she told me that the menu was lentil tacos, I was a little unsure of what I would be walking into.  I had never had lentils before, at least to my knowledge I hadn’t, much less in tacos.  So, I had no idea what to expect.  

A new spin on an old favorite. Lentil Tacos! Try this healthy AND delicious recipe tonight!

I didn’t want to be rude though, so I decided to keep an open mind.  I’m not what you would call a terribly picky eater, but I’m also not super adventurous.  

Unfortunately, my mind wasn’t set any more at ease when we sat down to the table at Angela’s house and two of the main dishes at dinner were lentils and guacamole.  Once again, I had never had lentils, and wasn’t sure what to expect there, and I’ve never been big on guacamole.  (Blasphemous, I know.)

It doesn't get much fresher than this amazing guacamole. Try it out tonight!

I hesitantly built my first taco according to what Angela was doing, and much to my surprise, it was amazing.  Seriously delicious.  Angela said that she had grown up eating lentil tacos, and I am so glad that she chose to share them with us.  They have been a staple in our recipe book ever since.

A fast, easy, and delicious recipe that everyone will love. Lentil Tacos!

Even my meat eater husband loves them.  He says they are quite hearty and filling without the meat.  And I love the fact that it’s another source of protein for my own diet.  Win-win with these!

A healthy, fast, and meatless recipe that everyone will love. Lentil Tacos!

Are you ready?  Here’s the recipe.

Lentil Tacos
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the lentils
  1. 1 tsp. cooking oil
  2. 1/2 of an onion
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 2/3 c. dried lentils, rinsed (I used green lentils)
  5. 1 2/3 c. chicken broth (or vegetable if you want them to be true vegetarian)
  6. 1 pouch Frontera Texas Original Taco Skillet Sauce
For the guacamole
  1. 1 avocado
  2. 1 tomato
  3. 1 anaheim pepper
  4. 1 lime
  5. Shredded lettuce
  6. Shredded cheese
  7. Soft taco tortillas
  8. Salsa
For the lentils
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes; mix lentils 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 frontera seasoning packet.
For the guacamole
  1. Scoop out the avocado and mash it up a bit
  2. Dice the tomato and pepper
  3. Mix the tomato and pepper into the avocado mash
  4. Squeeze the juice of a lime into the mixture and mix well
  5. Once the lentils and guacamole are done, you're ready to go.
  6. Layer your taco up however you'd like.
  1. This recipe makes enough lentils for my husband and I to do this two nights in a row.
Adapted from All Recipes - Tasty Lentil Tacos
 If you’ve never had lentil tacos before, I encourage you to try them.  You won’t regret it!  Let me know what you think!

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  1. With Lent coming up, I’m always looking for creative meatless meals that my kids will love, and this looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. It really is delicious! We just did this last week. When I sat down over the weekend to meal plan, I asked my husband if he had any requests. He said, “Do you want to do lentil tacos again?” Haha! Definitely a favorite around here. Let me know how your family likes it!

    1. Thanks for hosting! We love these because they are both healthy AND delicious. Perfect combo! Thanks for looking!

    1. Thanks so much! If you’re a fan of lentils, I think you’ll really enjoy this. Let me know how you like them!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I just shared the link at Taco Tuesday. I’ll go back later when I have a bit more time (i.e. when my toddler lays down for a nap 😉 ) and check out the other taco recipes. Thanks again!

  2. These look fantastic. I have never had lentils in tacos, pinto beans are what we grew up on. But the lentils have a nice texture so will give it a try. During Lent!

    Thanks for stopping by Ta Da Thursday.

    1. Thanks! You’re not the first person to say that they will be trying during Lent. 🙂 I hope you like them as much as we do. Thank you for taking a look!

    1. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them. I’ll definitely check out your blog. I’ve been looking for some new natural skin-care stuff. Looking forward to your recommendations. 🙂

    1. Yes, I have done them with beans before, as well. This gives them a whole different flavor and texture. They’re really fantastic! Thanks for looking!

  3. Amy, I have a bag of lentils that have been sitting untouched in the pantry for months. I was planning on using them in soup, but for some reason or another they are still sitting there. UG!

    This is the perfect idea, I have all the ingredients needed, even guac in the frig already! So going to make these, not only do they look delish they are so much healthier than our regular version. I hope my carnivore husband likes them as much as yours!

    1. I hope he does, too! We tried a lentil soup recently, and truthfully, it wasn’t my favorite. It could have just been the recipe we used, but nonetheless, we absolutely love using lentils for tacos. Let me know what you think!

    1. Haha! So are we! When I told my husband we were having tacos for dinner tonight, he immediately said, “What kind?” 🙂 You should give these a whirl, and let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!

  4. Amy those tacos really do look delicious!! I have never had lentils, I may have to try them out with this recipe! Thank you for sharing at TaDa Thursday!!

    1. I had never had them either prior to having these, but I was hooked instantly! They’re so good. Definitely a good recipe for trying lentils for the first time. Thanks for looking!

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