Craving tacos on Meatless Monday? No problem! I've got you covered!
Lentil tacos are a great way to satisfy that nagging craving, plus it's easy and wicked cheap. Win win.
I discovered this meatless wonder while browsing on Pinterest (surprise, surprise). It took me a while to get around to actually making them but once I did, I was blown away by the results. I could hardly believe that this delicious filling I was stuffing in my face (trust me, I was stuffing it) was completely meat free. Annnnd since it's super cheap, I was more than happy to put it on my list of successful meals to try again.
I ended up using the mixture for a little taco salad since 95% of the tacos shells I bought were broken. So please excuse the sad looking taco shells that are gracing my blog today. These two were the only ones I could salvage. Oh and FYI, this stuff reheats really well so if you have any leftovers, you'll be good to go!
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander (I didn't have any so I just left it out)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili powder (again, I didn't have any so I just did a mixture of cayenne and paprika - worked great!)
- 2 TBS. oil
- 3 TBS. tomato paste
- 8-10 taco shells
Plus add in whatever toppings you like best. We love the basics. Salsa, cheese, lettuce and a little sour cream. I like to make my own salsa from time to time. And as much as I love a good, thick salsa (like pico de gallo), I also have a thing for the thinner stuff. You know, restaurant style salsa. Get the recipe I used here!
In a pot, combine lentils and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. The lentils should be plump and no water should remain when they're done.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add cooked lentils, all the spices, tomato paste and 1/3 cup water. Mix and mash. Add more water if needed and season with more salt or spices to taste. Scoop into taco shells and add your favorite toppings!
Happy Meatless Monday + Enjoy!