Who needs Meat when you have LENTILS?

Lentil Tacos

          You can hide lentils in everything! Lentil tacos, lentil sandwiches, burgers, pasta, everywhere! They are high in folate, iron, vitamins and have been found to lower your blood pressure. One cup of lentils can provide up to eighteen grams of protein! Follow along if you want to learn how to make amazing lentil tacos! If you like this recipe, check out this one too! and this one!


     But First, Lentils

     I am using green lentils for this recipe but whatever kind you have will work. I quickly sort through them because they tend to have bits of debris, little rocks, or seeds in them. After they are sorted through I rinse them under cold water then allow them to sit and drip dry off. In a large pot I add two cups of water, a cup of vegetable broth and a big pinch of salt. Bring that to a boil, and add in the washed cup of lentils and a half cup of textured protein.

Cookin’ Time

     Let these cook for about fifteen minutes. While they cook, I’m going to make avocado cream for our tacos. I start with one avocado, put it in the food processor along with a pinch of cilantro, two tablespoons of vegan mayo, a big pinch of salt, about a tablespoon of lime juice and two cloves of garlic. And now process all this until it is incredibly smooth. If it is too thick add a pinch more lime juice. I transfer this over to a squeeze jar then add it to the fridge.

     The meat is done cooking now. Time to heat up a non-stick pan over a medium high heat with some olive oil. I mince up some garlic, onion, and a red chili pepper. Add that all to the pan and allow them to cook together for a bit. I made the lentils plain and I made a lot of them because I am only using half of them for this recipe! So I add half of my lentils to the pan then add in a dash of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, a little water and tomato paste. Let this all simmer together. If you want, add in some of your favorite hot sauce.  Mix it all together well.

Get Ready to Eat!

     Now we can prepare our tortillas. I’m doing the microwave method. While those heat I mince up some red onion, a little cilantro, and some cashews. Grab the tortillas, add on the meat, squeeze on some avocado cream, sprinkle the red onion, cilantro, and the cashews. These look amazing. These taste like regular meat tacos! The seasonings are great, the taco itself as a whole is refreshing! There is no lentil taste. These are a ten out of ten, you have to give them a try! They weren’t hard to make, and it didn’t take long either! Watch the full video here!

Who Needs Meat When You Have Lentils?

There are so many ways to hide lentils in different meals! Today though, we are going to focus on lentil tacos!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 people


  • 1 cup lentils
  • .5 cup textured protein
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • cilantro
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • onion
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • tomato paste
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • tortillas
  • red onion
  • cashews


  • Sort through and clean the lentils. Let them drip dry off.
  • In a large pot add water and vegetable broth, bring to a boil. Add in lentils and textured protein. Let cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add avocado, cilantro, vegan mayo, salt, lime juice, and garlic to a food processor. Process until incredibly smooth.
  • This is cream for our tacos. Put it in a jar and let it rest in the fridge.
  • Put a non-stick pan over a medium/high heat with olive oil then add in minced garlic, onion, and chili pepper.
  • Add in the lentils along with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, water, and tomato paste. Mix and let this all simmer together.
  • Prepare tortillas, then add on the meat, avocado cream, minced red onion, cilantro, and cashews. Enjoy!
Keyword Avocado, cashew, Cilantro, Cream, easy dinner, high-protein, Lentils, Lunch, Mexican, mexican dinner, Protein, Tacos, Tasty, Vegan, vegan dinner, vegan lunch, Vegetarian
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