Tasty Lentil Tacos Recipe
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Tasty Lentil Tacos Recipe

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When my husband's cholesterol numbers rose, I quickly lowered the fat in our family's diet. Finding dishes that were healthy for him and yummy for our five children was a challenge, but this fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone. —Michelle Thomas, Bangor, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2-1/2 cups vegetable or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 12 taco shells
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

Nutritional Facts

2 tacos: 365 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 777mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; saute onion and garlic until tender. Add lentils and seasonings; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, 25-30 minutes.
  2. Cook, uncovered, until mixture is thickened, 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash lentils slightly; stir in salsa and heat through. Serve in taco shells. Top with remaining ingredients. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tasty Lentil Tacos in Light & Tasty June/July 2001, p18

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 258818
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2016

"I'm always looking to switch it up with some meatless options for dinner. These were amazing! I use this lentil filling just as often as I make ground beef filling now. Definitely a 5 star recipe!"

ooh! User ID: 5628505 246950
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Yum!!! So good!"

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 215254
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Very good"

shadowlevine User ID: 1827970 120151
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"OMG!!! These were so yummy. I could not eat enough of tacos. Great choice!"

Dget User ID: 57794 86900
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"The taco mixture is delicious! I didn't have any salsa, so I used half a can of diced tomatoes and half a can of chopped green chilis in place of the salsa. I put mine over tortilla chips, like nachos. I made it again a few days later (to use the rest of the tomatoes and chopped green chilis)! I ate some like chili. This is a definite keeper recipe!"

ColleenTuck User ID: 7120286 79543
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Totally loved this dish!"

orangecupcake User ID: 7237442 35960
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

"Loved this recipe. My kids even ate it. Used red lentils and it was even tastier than any meal, and healthy too. I also used 0% Fage yogurt in place of sour cream. YUM!"

annaf27 User ID: 5217952 36381
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"Really tasty!"

annaf27 User ID: 5217952 86988
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"This recipe didn't give me the option to select stars but if it had, I would have given it 5 stars. This recipe was very flavorful and I was really glad to find a recipe that was so tasty for lentils. I added some minced cilantro into mine & some red pepper flakes to give a little extra kick."

housebunny715 User ID: 4567181 78618
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"These tacos are amazing! I don't think we'll ever use beef for tacos again!"

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