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Tasty Lentil Tacos Recipe

Tasty Lentil Tacos Recipe

"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," admits Michelle Thomas from Bangor, Maine. "This fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings


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


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  • 2. Uncover; cook for 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Mash lentils slightly. Stir in salsa.
  • 3. Spoon about 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 361 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 874mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 12g fiber), 19g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews for Tasty Lentil Tacos

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Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Yum!!! So good!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Very good"

Reviewed May. 5, 2014

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

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!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Totally loved this dish!"

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!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"Really tasty!"

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."

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

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

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"I love this recipe because it's easy, inexpensive, and is a great meat substitute. You can make tacos, burritos, or taco salad with the lentil mixture. Also, it freezes really well!"

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"I don't think I will ever make beef tacos again. The tip on the food processor worked great. I wonder if you could sub lentils in a lasagna in a similar way."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"Delicious! Garnished with sliced avocado, kale, and sour cream and was a big hit. I used 1 cup of black bean corn salsa for the lentil filling and highly recommend putting it though the food processor for a few pulses rather than mashing by hand."

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"I just made it. I put 1/3 in the food processor instead of mashing it. Trying to hand mash was quite daunting. This also tastes fabulous with ground turkey seasoned with poultry seasoning, because I have to omit the sour cream and lettuce. The recipe didnt call for salt so I did so according to taste, and our family likes soft tacos so I used warmed corn tortillas. Overall, this recipe is fantastic."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"I agree, the seasoning makes you not miss the hamburger meat at all! Great source of fiber, inexpensive and I can control what goes into our meal. Thank you!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"I much prefer these lentil tacos over regular ground beef anyday!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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