Lentil Tacos


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


Spice Mix:

  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground fennel seed


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 ½ cups cooked brown or green lentils

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons water, or as needed

  • 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and minced

  • 1 teaspoon adobo or hot sauce


  • 8 (6 inch) vegan corn or flour tortillas

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 cup guacamole

  • 1 medium lime, cut into 8 wedges


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 low; 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 (per serving)

389 Calories
11g Fat
62g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 463mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 18g 64%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 25mg 127%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 1155mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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