Vegetarian Lentil Tacos (Slow Cooker)

01.10.2019

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos are a perfectly healthy and incredibly tasty taco recipe that will even impress meat lovers! They’re deliciously flavorful, unbelievably easy to make (the slow cooker does most of the work) and they make great left overs.

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos for Meatless Monday

Do you do Meatless Monday? I’m not the type to be organized and plan ahead so I don’t do specifically “meatless Monday” but I try to eat more vegetarian recipes, especially for breakfast and lunch. And lately I’m trying to do a few more meatless recipes for dinner for my family.

This a meatless recipe my whole family can agree on, even my husband (who’s crazy about meat) loves these! And you can’t beat the quick prep time of this recipe. Plus you’ll be glad you’ll likely have leftovers for lunch the next day.

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You can finish these easy tacos off with any toppings you like, then if you are making them vegan use vegan cheese or omit it.

What Ingredients Do I Need for Lentil Tacos?

  • Green lentils
  • Vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • Canned diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • Olive oil
  • Veggies – yellow onion, garlic, cilantro
  • Spices – cumin, chili powder, ancho chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper (optional), salt and pepper
  • Lime
  • Tortillas and desired toppings, for serving

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos Ingredients

So What are Lentils?

  • Lentils are a small round legume that are grown in pods, about two seeds per each.
  • They’re a good source of protein and fiber which makes them nice and filling and have hardly any fat.
  • You’ll find them in several colors including red, yellow, green, brown and black.
  • They’re very affordable and a much cheaper alternative to meat.
  • They have long shelf life (usually several years) and don’t require refrigeration (until cooked of course).
  • Once cooked they’ll freeze them for several months.
  • Lentils make a great vegan substitute for meat in many dishes.

I actually love lentils and always keep some on hand now. I’d never even tried them until just a few years ago but now I love finding new ways to cook with them, these tacos are one of my favorite ways to use them.

Lentil Tacos

How do You Make Lentil Tacos?

Lentil tacos can also be made on the stove top but I love these no fuss slow cooker method.

No tending to it just dump in a slow cooker and cook 3 – 4 hours on high or 7 – 8 hours on low. Serve in warm tortillas with desired toppings, easy breeze and so good!

Lentil Tacos

What’s the Best Way to Warm Tortillas?

I always like to cook corn tortillas in a skillet or on a griddle either brushed with olive oil. Heat on medium-high until light golden brown spots appear on bottom then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown.

When I’m short on time I also love these with crispy corn taco shells. No cooking required. I like the way the crunch pairs with the soft filling.

What Else Can I Use This Filling For?

This filling would also be good for nachos, tostadas, enchiladas or taco salad. Or freeze half for tacos the next week.

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Vegetarian Lentil Tacos (Slow Cooker)

5 from 3 votes

Healthy, hearty taco filling that couldn't be easier to make! It's the perfect meatless dinner the whole family will love! Recipe makes about 4 1/3 cups.

Servings: 9
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can mild diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

For serving

  • Corn tortillas or crisp taco shells, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Add lentils, broth, olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chili powders, and paprika to a 5 - 6 quart slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  2. Cover and cook on high 3 - 4 hours on high or on low 7 - 8 hours. 

  3. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Serve warm into warmed tortillas with toppings.

Recipe Notes

  • For a little heat add in some chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper to taste.
  • Nutrition listed is for filling only.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Lentil Tacos (Slow Cooker)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Potassium 406mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 11.8%
Vitamin C 6.9%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 17.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Lentil Tacos, Vegetarian Tacos
Calories: 145 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

8 comments

  • Jamie Hamilton: I had to use regular lentils because thats all the atore had. Ill let you know how it turned out January 21, 2019 at 5:44pm Reply

  • Tracy: Wow! These are delicious! I didn’t use the lime or cilantro but they were still packed with flavor! I’m a vegetarian and eat lots of bean/nut variations on tacos but these are the best I’ve had! Thank you. January 16, 2019 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Tracy! So glad you think they’re the best! January 16, 2019 at 10:35pm Reply

  • Elise: That was absolutely delicious! Would have never thought of lentils for tacos! Served it on corn tostadas with the fixings! Yum! January 15, 2019 at 9:36pm Reply

  • Jennifer Beck: These were so amazing…..probably the best tacos I’ve ever had. January 14, 2019 at 4:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Jennifer! Thanks for the great review! January 14, 2019 at 4:32pm Reply

  • Caroline: Could you make this with red lentils instead? January 11, 2019 at 4:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Red lentils cook in about half the time so yes you could but you’d want to reduce the cook time, and then I’d saute the onion first so it doesn’t end up crisp. January 12, 2019 at 4:46pm Reply

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