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Lentil Taco Filling


1⁄2 cup
chopped onion
1⁄2 cup
chopped bell pepper (any color)
1⁄4 teaspoon
garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon
1⁄2 cup
dried lentils, rinsed
4 1⁄2 teaspoons
chili powder
1 teaspoon
ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon
dried cilantro or oregano (optional)
1 1⁄4 cups
broth, any flavor


  1. In a large skillet, sauté the onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil until tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the lentils, chili powder, cumin and cilantro/oregano (if using). Cook and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add broth.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes for brown lentils, Add water if necessary to keep the lentils just covered with liquid.
  4. Uncover; cook until mixture thickens and most of the water is gone, 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Use for tacos, wraps or salad.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
Photo of Lentil Taco Filling
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts: View Label
Last updated: 07/08/20

2 Comments for "Lentil Taco Filling"

A great vegetarian dish to have for several nights of varied uses.

A great way to use lentils and super low cost dinner!  Was easy too, and i got it cooking first and then had the perfect amout of time to prep the rest of the meal - we made tostadas.  I put a layer of lentils down on the tostada first and then topped with beans and cheese and veggie, and the kids ate every bite...