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Lentil Taco Filling
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Lentil Taco Filling
Makes: 2 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 30 minutesTotal time: 40 minutes


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.
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