Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

My family loves Mexican food. This might seem strange considering we’re a mixture of Polish/Dutch/German/other european countries heritage but when I was living with my parents we ate Mexican food at least once a week. It may have driven my brother nuts, but I absolutely loved it.

I’ve been trying to eat more vegetarian meals for ethical and health reasons, but sometimes beans can get a little boring. I had a bag of lentils that have been sitting in my bin of “Sarah Food” forever and I figured why not try to cook and season them up similar to ground beef. Side note “why not” seems to be my new thing in the kitchen, as long as it works for me I’m going to go with it.  

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos- Slices of Sarah Pie 2

The result was a nice change up from beans, with a good level of spice and a meaty enough texture that even the BF said they were good. I may not be able to convince my little brother to try them, but a girl’s got to pick her battles 😉

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

Makes: 4 servings

Time: 30-40 minutes


1 cup lentils, rinsed and cleaned

1 medium yellow onion diced

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 TBSP Olive oil (or other cooking oil)

1 TBSP Chili powder

1 TSP Cumin

1/2 TSP Red pepper flakes

1/2 TSP Cayenne pepper

salt to taste

2 -2 1/2 cups water

For Serving

12 corn tortillas (or flour if not GF)

Toppings: Sliced radish, crumbled queso fresco, shredded lettuce, whatever other veggies your heart desires. 

In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until tender. Add in garlic and cook one minute (stirring constantly) until fragrant stir in spices and stir one minute longer. Stir in lentils and water and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes. If lentils are still a little tough at this time add in an additional 1/2 cup of water and simmer 5-10 minutes longer. At this point feel free to smush some of the lentils or leave them all whole, the texture is personal preference. Serve warm in corn tortillas with desired toppings.

Lentil Tacos- Slices of Sarah Pie

What’s your favorite taco topping?  Have you ever had vegetarian tacos?

This post is linked with  Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday from Allergy Free Alaska, The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday, and Vegetarian Mamma’s Gluten Free Fridays.

14 thoughts on “Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

  1. strictlydelicious

    I’ve never had vegetarian tacos, and I do love meat in my tacos… But lentils always surprise me at how meaty and filling they are! I surely need to get into incorporating them in my cooking more. Please hand me one of these tacos, they look delicious!

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  3. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Welcome to Fiesta Friday adorable Sarah Pie… ❤ I'm loving these tacos… I love lentils…and I really love radishes (I just got 3 big bunches of radishes in my CSA box today, and my black lab grabbed a hold of one, and made me chase her around the yard for them.. it wasn't a pleasant sight to behold.. ).. I'm excited, because I think I have all of the ingredients for these delicious tacos..and I'm home alone so I don't have to listen to any fuss budgets complain about lentils! Thank you so much for bringing this lovely recipe to the table! Wonderful post! ❤

  4. Kristin

    Wow Sarah, YUM!!! I love vegetarian tacos!! They are one of my favorite meals!! These tacos look sooo amazing!! I can’t wait to try them!! I’m a vegetarian; therefore, am always looking for delicious, new meals!! THANKS!!! XOXO!!!

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  6. Kelly

    Lentils in tacos! I love when people experiment with vegetarian dishes (I’m mostly vegetarian myself) My favorite / essential topping for tacos is cheese, and lots of it!

  7. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    CSA’s are great for why not in the kitchen. I actually think having so much on hand kicks your creativity into over drive.

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    1. sarahpie13 Post author

      I’ll have to look into it, thanks! I think I need to move off to be able to use taht sort of thing, but that move is in the near future (hopefully) so I’ll definetly check it out 🙂


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