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Lentil Taco Filling

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
1 clove garlic, minced or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup dried lentils, rinsed
4 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon oregano (optional)
1 ¼ cups low-sodium broth (any flavor)
½ teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Sauté until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano, if desired. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Add broth and 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.
  5. Uncover; cook until mixture thickens and most of the water is gone, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add salt, if desired.
  6. Use for tacos, wraps or salad.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Different types of lentils have different cooking times; check the package or bulk bin for how long to cook the type you buy.


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.

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