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Lentil Taco Filling


½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oil
½ cup dried lentils, rinsed
4 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried cilantro or oregano (optional)
1 ¼ 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
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts: View Label


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...

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