'When my husband's cholesterol numbers rose, I quickly lowered the fat in our family's diet. Finding dishes that were healthy for him and yummy for our five children was a challenge,' admits Michelle Thomas from Bangor, Maine. 'This fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone.'

Allrecipes Member

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Uncover; cook for 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Mash lentils slightly.

    Advertisement
  • Stir in salsa. Spoon about 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream.

Tips

Nutritional Analysis: One serving (2 tacos) equals 364 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 815 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 lean meat, 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Nutrition Facts

463 calories; protein 22.2g; carbohydrates 57.4g; fat 17.3g; cholesterol 27.2mg; sodium 1207.3mg. Full Nutrition
Advertisement

Reviews (533)

Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2007
Fantastic. We have been experimenting lately with new recipes - not really being vegetarian, but making an effort to increase our consumption of alternative proteins and vegetables. Being somewhat more traditional eaters, we aren't ready to go straight for the tofu or eat completely different types of foods. I have had so much fun making traditional foods with alternative ingredients. This recipe is PERFECT for that! I actually turned it into taco salad instead of tacos, but it's the same idea. Great texture (better than ground beef, I think) - not at all mushy. The lentils both bind to AND separate from one another like ground beef, making this a better taco "meat" than beans. The flavor is fantastic. I took the leftovers to work, and several people commented on how wonderful it smelled. Conclusion: SO GOOD that even meat and potatoes eaters won't be fazed by the absense of meat. Read More
(105)
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2007
We just loved this recipe. I did make these changes: 1) The addition of sliced black olives to the toppings made available 2) Whole wheat tortillas instead of taco shells. The result was more of a "wrap" than a traditional taco. 3) No sour cream 4) Cooked the lentil mixture 10 minutes more than the recipe called for. They just weren't soft enough after the original time. The results were fabulous! We'll be making this again. Read More
(67)
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2007
Oh my, oh my! These were fantastic!! I don't even like lentils that well. It had a similar texture to beef (I cooked the lentils only until chewable but not mushy) and great flavor. ***I love taco shells, but for this recipe everyone did prefer whole wheat tortillas to the taco shells, though, after tasting both ways.*** Anyway, the hubby AND the kids were pleased. Low fat and high protein! Whoo Hoo! I may never make regular taco meat again =) Read More
(47)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2011
A taco tip that has never been better than for this recipe...I use whole romaine leaves for the lettuce in tacos. Hold leaf in hand, add fillings, then fold and set into taco shell. Works especially well with flat bottomed hard shells. Even after your shell breaks the lettuce helps hold your filling all together. Also keeps shell from getting soggy. This recipe is worthy of the glowing reviews. Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2007
Very tasty! I made these into tostadas with oven-crisped corn tortillas, refried black beans, the lentils (made with veggie stock to be vegetarian), lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and sour cream. Avocado and olive would be tasty additions, too. The lentils were really flavorful and tender, and my whole family enjoyed them. I'll make this again. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2007
These really are as good as people say they are. My husband was pretty skeptical when I told him about lentils for dinner... He couldn't really tell the difference between chicken tacos and these. What a great healthy substitute! Definitely will make again :) Read More
(20)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2007
Do you know what? It was my daughter's birthday just a few days ago and she wanted to eat out but we couldn't because it rained so I made the tacos, cake, and homemade icecream and she said that she wanted me to make the tacos for all of her birthdays. I thought that this was wonderful. And I had all of the ingredients in my pantry too. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2008
This is a great idea. I used the lentils on a tostada, w/ lettuce tomatoes, cheese and a chpotle crema (just stir in the adobo from a can of chipotles in sour cream) Very good. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2007
These were fantastic - I made them with the homemade taco seasoning and with a kosher (no actual meat additives) beef stock cube. I will be making these regularly! Read More
(14)