Lentil Tacos are one of my favorite go to dinner recipes for a couple of reasons. First, they’re pretty easy to make. Essentially just cook and onion with oil, add lentils, boil, get some toppings ready, and your done. Second, lentils, which are legumes, are a great source of fiber, protein, folate, and iron. Lastly, they are super cheap. A bag of uncooked lentils is typically less than two dollars.
Although I enjoy a good fish, chicken, or beef taco, sometimes I like to mix things up and lentil tacos are a good alternative. Also if you don’t want to completely give up a normal beef taco just make it half beef half lentil and you’ve got a taco that still tastes pretty normal, but has a lot more fiber and health benefits!
½ chopped onion
healthy splash of olive or canola oil
garlic clove (optional)
2/3 cup dried lentils
a little more than ½ packet of taco seasoning
1 and 2/3 cups chicken broth
couple splashes of salsa (optional)
Heat onion and oil in medium size pot till onion becomes translucent, or for 5 minutes. (You can add the garlic at this point too if you’d like). Add taco seasoning and lentils and mix for about a minute. Pour in chicken broth and bring to boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer until lentils are soft. This should take about 30 minutes. Uncover and add some salsa if you like. Mix again and let it cook uncovered for about 7 minutes. Then serve with hard or soft shells, lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream or whatever toppings you’d like!