Rating: 4.68 stars
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This vegan version of classic tacos uses lentils instead of ground beef, along with other flavors so good you'll never miss the meat!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Spice Mix:
Filling:
Tacos:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine ancho chile powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt, and fennel in a small bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add spice mixture and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 30 seconds.

  • Reduce heat to medium and add cooked lentils, tomato paste, a few splashes of water, and chipotle peppers. Cook, mashing lightly with a fork and adding water if necessary, until lentils are heated through and hold together, about 5 minutes. Season with additional salt if needed and adobo or hot sauce.

  • Lightly toast tortillas in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Spread about 1/3 cup filling down center of each tortilla. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve with guacamole and lime wedges.

Cook's Note:

For 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils, use 1 cup dried. Bring 3 1/2 cups water and salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Pour lentils into the water while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to love; cover. Simmer until lentils are tender but still hold their shape, about 30 minutes. Drain well.

You can substitute 1 1/2 (15-ounce) cans of lentils, rinsed and drained.

Nutrition Facts

389 calories; protein 16.8g; carbohydrates 61.8g; fat 11g; sodium 463mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2017
Why oh why can't we leave 100 stars? These are amazing tacos. Make extra seasoning mix to use in other recipes. I added some of it to my guacamole. Make these for your taco Tuesday get-together. Even your most carnivore of carnivores will like them. They are a bit spicy so I suggest going easy on the chipotles and add them on the side for those who like it hot. I didn't mash the lentils and enjoyed having them to bite into. The sauce thickens enough to keep it all together. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/12/2017
I'm sure the recipe is perfectly fine when executed well. Unfortunately, as is it is missing key instructions and information, such as the ratio of dry to cooked lentils and how exactly one goes about cooking them, it took me an hour longer than it should have to make this, and once it was done it was unusable. I am somewhat new to lentils, and outside vegan circles, so are most people. Without instructions as to how to manage this massive chunk of the cooking, the recipe is useless. Read More
(4)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2017
Why oh why can't we leave 100 stars? These are amazing tacos. Make extra seasoning mix to use in other recipes. I added some of it to my guacamole. Make these for your taco Tuesday get-together. Even your most carnivore of carnivores will like them. They are a bit spicy so I suggest going easy on the chipotles and add them on the side for those who like it hot. I didn't mash the lentils and enjoyed having them to bite into. The sauce thickens enough to keep it all together. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2018
Nice substitute ‘meat’ for vegetarians. I made a large pot and then turned it into meatloaf, tacos and pasta sauce over the week. Highly recommend! Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
07/12/2017
I'm sure the recipe is perfectly fine when executed well. Unfortunately, as is it is missing key instructions and information, such as the ratio of dry to cooked lentils and how exactly one goes about cooking them, it took me an hour longer than it should have to make this, and once it was done it was unusable. I am somewhat new to lentils, and outside vegan circles, so are most people. Without instructions as to how to manage this massive chunk of the cooking, the recipe is useless. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2018
I make these at least once every two weeks and this is a great recipe especially for people like me who are new to vegetarian meals and trying to get away from meat. I do not like spicy so I do not use any of the spicy ingredients and this still comes out delicious. It is easy to make and filling and I do not miss the ground beef I would have used in the past. I love the slightly sweet taste the tomato paste gives the dish. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2020
This has become my "go to" quick meal. I cheat by using the prepared lentils from Trader Joe's and packaged chipotle taco seasoning. I top my tacos with sliced radish and shredded carrots for some crunch and texture and add some pico de gallo or salsa and maybe a sprinkle of cheese. So good! Thank you for this great idea. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2017
The chipotle peppers were a bit much in that was all you tasted. I should have tasted as i added it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2018
This was our first recipe in our attempt to eat vegetarian for 30 days. We all thought this recipe was outstanding - better than beef tacos. We will keep this one forever. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2017
best taco I've had! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2018
Wow, this is tasty! Really a good taco flavor, and the ancho pepper powder on its own is not hot, just very flavorful. I just cooked a batch of this as part of meal prep for the week, and my husband rushed into the kitchen to see what smelled so good. So we each sampled a little bit now, and during the week it will be used for both taco night and baked potato bar. Thanks for sharing this delicious creation. Like another reviewer mentioned, I am going to mix up some of the dry spice mix to have handy for other dishes. I added some turmeric because I sneak it into a lot of dishes anyway. Now I can't wait for taco night... Read More
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