Lentil Tacos

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These Easy Mexican Vegan Tacos / Mexican Lentil Tacos are sooooo good even carnivores won’t notice they’re meat-free. Suitable for Vegan and Gluten-Free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

4 easy vegan tacos in a bowl with various toppings

Staircases in grand houses make a pretty entertaining few hours for young children, don’t they?

All that running up and down them, trying to slide down head first, poking heads through railings, pulling funny faces at rather serious ancestors and shouting ‘mama yook me’ from the top of the stairs as they try to climb a rather expensive and antique looking piano. Luckily there are some very understanding people out there. And our rather fab fun day out was topped up with some easy peasy Lentil Tacos (or Awesome VEGAN Tacos as Freddy calls them) when we got back home – bliss.

mexican lentils in a bolw with radishes and red cabbage

When I first suggested making Lentil Tacos to my (meat loving) OH, his exact response was – can’t we just have real tacos instead, with meat, not lentil tacos?

He hesitantly agreed to give it a go after my rather indignant ‘incase you do not realise I have been cooking for you for 10 years and you can pretty much tell that if it turns out crap then I will bin it’. Even mini chef threw in a daddy are you crazy look on my behalf.

He loooooooooved it. Which I really got after his third taco – and him gulping down the two leftover tacos the next day. Thank you Mexican cuisine. Instant Pot Arroz con Leche is next on my list and I know he will love that one. Oh and of course Instant Pot Mexican rice.

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Lentil Tacos – Why You Will Love Them

  • These vegan tacos are so simple to make – with everyday store cupboard ingredients.
  • They are frugal yet tasty.
  • These can be made ahead – and store till needed.
  • They make a great freezer meal.
  • You can triple or quadruple the recipe to feed a crowd. #winningealready
  • It is highly customisable with herbs and spices.
  • The Mexican Lentils are very portable to take along to your picnic, BBQ, lunchbox, drinks party, potluck, etc.
2 mexican vegan tacos being made with a bowl of spicy mexican lentils in a corner

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How to Make Lentil Tacos

Wondering how to make Lentil Tacos. Seriously guys, these are sooooo easy to make. Here is what you do:

  1. Step 1.  Saute the onion and garlic.
  2. Step 2. Then add all the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and reduce to simmer until the Mexican lentils are tender.
  3. Step 3. Keep an eye on the liquid and add some more stock if necessary.
  4. Step 4. Adjust seasoning and remove from heat.
  5. Step 5. Serve lentil tacos with a variety of toppings.

Mexican Lentils Tips

  • You can use green lentils, but you will need to cook them a little longer.
  • You need to make sure the lentils don’t overcook and turn into a mushy mess.
  • Feel free to add a little bit more spices to your taste.

What Goes With Lentil Tacos

  • Homemade Corn Tortilla.
  • Cheese (vegan cheese if vegan)
  • Guacamole.
  • Sliced green onions
  • Mango salsa
  • Avocado sauce
  • Radishes
  • Grilled Corn
  • Tomato Salsa

Can You Freeze Lentil Tacos?

Yes, you can Vegan lentil tacos filling.

  • Let the lentil tacos cool down, then transfer into Ziploc freezer bags.
  • Squeeze out all the extra air and seal the bags.
  • Label bags and then lay them flat in the freezer.
  • Store in the freezer for 3 months.

Mexican Lentils Uses

You can use this easy filling in other eats like :

  • Burritos
  • Salads
  • Nachos
  • Burgers
  • Mexican salad bowls

More Taco Recipes

Crispy Chickpea Tacos.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos (if not vegan).

a loaded mexican lentil taco

Why Lentils?

Lentils are a fab source of vegetarian or vegan protein. Each 100g cooked serving of lentils contains 9g protein, a moderate amount of carbs (20g) and almost no fat. Combined with their hearty flavour, their nutrition profile makes lentils the perfect meat alternative in tacos.

Love Mexican Lentil Tacos? Try These Lentil Recipes

Guys if you love lentils then you could try this red lentil dahl from Veggie Desserts, and this lentil tabbouleh from Jamie Oliver.

landscape image of 4 mexican lentil tacoes with various toppings

More Lentil Recipes (And other pulses)

I love, love lentils and beans which is why I eat them in treats like

slow cooker lentil curries.

Instant Pot Mexican Lentil Soup.

black-eyed bean stew

bean cakes.

Vegan Lentil Tacos Weight Watchers Points (lentils only)

A serving of these Vegan Mexican Lentils contains just 1 Freestyle SmartPoint.

To determine how many points are in the tacos, you will need to calculate additional points based on the toppings you use.

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Mexican Vegan Tacos

Scrumptious lentil tacos.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time28 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 150 g (1 cup) dried lentils rinsed ( I used brown lentils)
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp smoked parika
  • 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Chilli powder to taste
  • 480-720 ml (2-3 cups) vegetable stock to your preference

Toppings

  • shredded lettuce
  • cheese
  • coriander cilantro
  • lime
  • sour cream
  • salsa

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large enough pot and soften the onion and garlic for about 5 mins.
  • Then add in all the remaining ingredients and mix well, bring to the boil and reduce to simmer until lentils are tender.
  • Keep an eye on the liquid and add some more stock if necessary.
  • Adjust seasoning and remove from heat.
  • Serve lentils with the tacos and a variety of toppings.
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Notes

Mexican Lentils Tips

  • You can use green lentils, but you will need to cook them a little longer.
  • You need to make sure the lentils don’t overcook and turn into a mushy mess.
  • Feel free to add a little bit more spices to your taste.

 Lentil Tacos Serving Suggestions

  • Homemade Corn Tortilla.
  • Cheese (vegan cheese if vegan)
  • Guacamole.
  • Sliced green onions
  • Mango salsa
  • Avocado sauce
  • Radishes
  • Grilled Corn
  • Tomato Salsa

Weight Watchers Points – Mexican Lentils only

A serving of these Vegan Mexican Lentils contains just 1 Freestyle SmartPoint.
To determine how many points are in the tacos, you will need to calculate additional points based on the toppings you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 12.9mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4.5mg

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