🌮Vegan Lentil Tacos!🌮🏅 Meat Eater Approved! 🏅

in hive-125669 •  last month  (edited)

Picture this...

It's late in the day. The family is getting hungry, and everyone is craving tacos. But I never put the pinto beans into the crockpot!

Panic! There will be an uprising! We might not make it out of this situation!

But my survival instincts kicked in, and I searched the pantry for an alternative solution. And there lying among the other random dry goods, was a bag of lentils!

Oh lentils, the sweet rescuer for countless dinners when I don't have time to cook other beans. You beautifully delicious meal saver.

And I knew we would live to see another day.

However, I still needed to make them into taco innereds, so I did what any savvy person would do, I turned to Pinterest.

Sure enough, a quick search gave me loads of vegan taco lentil ideas. The best one, by far, was a recipe for an instapot. Completely perfect minus the part of not owning an instapot. But that's okay, it would only take some slight conversions.

After making it, the family and I agreed, it was the BEST tacos we had ever had. Ever. Ever.

I really wanted to get it to a point where it was easy and fool proof as it's original recipe. Where I would only have to put everything into one pot and voila! It would be done in no time. No mid-making tweeks, just wam-bam!

It was taxing having all of those taco dinners...but we finally got there!

Then as a great tester, I fed them to some friends...some meat eating friends...and they loved them! They said that if they hadn't known it was lentils to start with, they would have thought it was hamburger. Some people are really anti-veg, and to know that you could have this for dinner and it please everyone? Huge win!

Of course, after all of this success, I definitely wanted to share the recipe! So here we go...

Vegan Lentil Tacos

(Serves our family of 5 but we eat a lot)

1 lb. green lentils uncooked
1 cup finely chopped walnut
1 onion diced
8 cloves of garlic diced
9 cups of water
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 small can tomato paste
sprinkle of cinnamon
salt & pepper to taste

Saute onions until golden brown and translucent, then add garlic for a minute or two, don't over cook or it could turn bitter.
Once the bottom of the pan is a nice brown from the onions and garlic, add water, lentils, walnuts, tomato paste and all of the seasoning.
Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes.

That's it! The whole process takes about one hour. You can top your tacos with your favorite toppings! For a little variety, we've even added a can of black beans or some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Thanks for sharing this with me!

Much love,

Stacie D

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Those lentil tacos look appetizing and tasty. I'm going to prepare them to see how it fits me. regards...

Awesome! Let me know how it goes!

Looks delicious, and walnuts, haven’t seen or eaten them for 10 years. I forgot how awesome walnuts are.

Thank you! Do you have walnuts where you are?

Wow these look so good, I have only every used beans in Tacos as well, but will now be trying out lentils after reading this, thanks so much for sharing xxx

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Awesome! Yeah, lentils are so surprisingly versatile. Let me know how it goes @trucklife-family! And thank you for the curation!

Lentils in tacos with walnuts? Hey why not? And sounds like it turned out great... I'm always a big supporter of using what you already have versus going out and buying things for specific recipes if you can. Adaptation makes life easier especially in this instance! Making me hungry over here. Can't ever remember when I last ate tacos. Maybe in Mexico in 99 when we found a vegetarian stall in the market...

Haha, I'm glad it made you hungry! You should definitely try to make these if you can...tacos are the best!

The best one, by far, was a recipe for an instapot. Completely perfect minus the part of not owning an instapot.

Best line in the story! It's like the recipe that looks so great, and then I realize I needed to start it yesterday. These sound superb. I will try it soon. Does it matter what color lentils I use?

Haha those recipes that take two days are the worst! Especially when you are all geared up to do it haha I used green lentils because they stay the firmest. I should edit the blog to include that, thanks for asking!

Okay, I made those tacos! Except mine were Almost-Vegan Tacos, because I realized I had half a pound of ground turkey in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I browned that with the onion and garlic. I only made half a batch, because there are fewer of us. I used yellow lentils, and they were a little bit crunchy yet, but we ate it anyway. I cooked the leftovers in more water and they softened up some more. It was very good! We liked the flavor very much.

I'm glad you liked the flavor! I'm not sure if I've ever eaten yellow lentils 🤔 I know I've done red. Green are my go to because they're inexpensive, lol, and they stay firmer than red. I wonder if the yellow need more boiling time?