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These gluten-free lentil veggie tacos are perfect for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone looking to cut back on meat. Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday just got even better with these tasty plant based tacos!

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

These gluten-free Vegetarian Lentil Tacos are perfect for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone looking to cut back on meat. Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday just got even better with these tasty plant based tacos!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Vegetarian Lentil Tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 tacos
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 16 oz refried beans
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 oz mushrooms, minced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup enchilada sauce
  • 4-6 crunchy baked taco shells
  • a splash of healthy oil (olive, avocado, coconut)

SEASONING BLEND:

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp salt

TASTY TOPPINGS:

  • shredded romaine or spring mix lettuce
  • grated cheese + greek yogurt or sour cream (skip for vegan)
  • salsa
  • fresh ripe tomatoes
  • fresh or pickled peppers
  • fresh cilantro
  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole

Instructions

  1. Rinse and sort 1 cup of lentils.
  2. Heat 3 cups of water in a pot until it's just about to boil, add lentils, and reduce to simmer for 15-25 minutes or until tender.
  3. While the lentils are simmering, you'll have enough time to make the entire meal.
  4. Saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic with a splash of oil until tender.
  5. Add seasoning blend and enchilada sauce at the end and stir.
  6. By now the lentils should be done! Drain and return to pot.
  7. Combine your seasoned vegetables with the lentils, along with the refried beans and heat on low, stirring gently to incorporate.
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. I decided to add an extra sprinkle of each spice -- feel free to follow suit! Bake your tortilla shells, prep your toppings, and assemble.

Recipe Notes

Since these tasty tacos can be either VEGAN or VEGETARIAN, simply choose the toppings that fit your lifestyle and you're good to go! I pretty much have this insane obsession with adding sour cream or vegan sour cream to my lentil + bean tacos so totally follow suit if you're a fan! The combination is delightful!