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Tasty Lentil Tacos

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.
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  • Theresa
    Feb 1, 2021

    Wow! I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out, but glad I decided to give it a try. Really really good. I am so pleasntly surprised, and this comes from a lentil lover!

  • Lynn
    Feb 25, 2020

    So very good! I use canned lentils drained. You can really play with this recipe based on what's in your fridge and pantry.

  • Bec
    Feb 4, 2020

    This is my go to taco recipe. My kids actually prefer lentil tacos to meat ones. I've made it with and without the salsa stirred through and it's awesome either way. You can even double it for a big family.

  • Phoenix
    Aug 25, 2019

    I was a little nervous to try this. But it ended up being the best tacos I’ve had since going vegan!! Definitely give it a try!!

  • NoodleNel
    Jun 10, 2019

    My daughter became vegetarian and we love tacos, This was a hut with the whole family. Hearty and tasty!

  • katherine
    Feb 26, 2019

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    Feb 6, 2019

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  • VikingDeb
    Jan 19, 2019

    Delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I used a tri-color lentil mix and made it in my Quick Cooker. I used the Sear function to saute the onions, garlic, lentils, and seasonings. Added the broth and cooked 5 minutes on the Beans setting, followed by a 10 minute natural steam release.

  • Valerie
    Apr 12, 2018

    It was very filling and smelled so good cooking! My husband said that if I hadn't told him it was meatless he would never have guessed. I didn't bother to mash the lentils, just cooked it till it was soft and broke apart easily.

  • shannondobos
    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!