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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

Ingredients

  • 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 tomato
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 tacos: 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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ooh!
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Yum!!! So good!"

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jeanemed
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Very good"

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shadowlevine
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

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

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Dget
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!"

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ColleenTuck
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Totally loved this dish!"

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orangecupcake
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!"

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annaf27
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"Really tasty!"

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annaf27
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."

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housebunny715
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

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

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kskonberg
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!"

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amb_ks
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."

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C.Jodelka
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."

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deedubb
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."

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dalidigger
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!"

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fae1964
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.