Lentil Tacos
  • Srv: 4
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Cal: 389
  • By: Allrecipes.com

This vegan version of classic tacos uses lentils instead of ground beef, along with other flavors so good you'll never miss the meat!

For 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils, use 1 cup dried. Bring 3 1/2 cups water and salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Pour lentils into the water while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer until lentils are tender but still hold their shape, about 30 minutes. Drain well. 

You can substitute 1 1/2 (15-ounce) cans of lentils, rinsed and drained.

Spice Mix


  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground fennel seed



  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ cups cooked brown or green lentils
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons water, or as needed
  • 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo or hot sauce



  • 8 (6 inch) vegan corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 medium lime, cut into 8 wedges


  1. Combine ancho chile powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt, and fennel in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add spice mixture and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 30 seconds.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add cooked lentils, tomato paste, a few splashes of water, and chipotle peppers. Cook, mashing lightly with a fork and adding water if necessary, until lentils are heated through and hold together, about 5 minutes. Season with additional salt if needed and adobo or hot sauce.
  4. Lightly toast tortillas in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Spread about 1/3 cup filling down center of each tortilla. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve with guacamole and lime wedges.


Check out the original recipe here on Allrecipes.com!