Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lentil Tacos

I'm in the process of trying to re-educate my family about meat.  I don't believe that we need to eat meat every night.  I don't have specific numbers but I know that we eat a LOT more meat than in previous centuries. I know that portion size in the United States is often way more than other countries.  I can't quote you exact statistics but I am just fine with reducing my meat intake.

I certainly haven't eliminated meat and I don't want to exclude our family favorites from our dinner rotation.  Tacos and nachos are for sure one of our favorites and I won't be giving those up anytime soon.   

What I love about these lentil tacos is that they look like taco meat, they smell like tacos and they really TASTE like tacos.  No meat, no guilt. 

I ate the leftovers with some gluten free Mary's Gone Crackers.  I love these crackers!

Lentil Tacos

1 large onion, chopped
1 large jalapeno, chopped
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups lentils
5 cups vegetable broth or water
Corn tortillas
Toppings like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream and taco sauce

Heat oil over medium high in a large pan.  Add onion, pepper and garlic and saute until onions are transucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the spices and lentils and cook for 2 - 3 minutes.  Pour in broth and bring mixture to a simmer and reduce heat to medium low.  Cover pan and simmer for about 30 minutes or until lentils have softened.  Uncover pan and simmer for another 10 minute or until liquid is absorbed. Lightly mash some of the lentils.  Spoon mixture into tortillas, add desired toppings and serve. 

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  1. I love this idea! They look so delicious!!

  2. Great idea! It reminded me too that we (before kids) ate fallafel tacos regularly. I'm also trying hard to cut down our meat consumption and its nice to find new ways of eating our favorite meals.

  3. I like the idea of mixing this with cooked meat to extend the meat to serve more folks. Thanks, these look delicious.

  4. Thank you for the recipe! I am cutting back on my meat consumption so this recipe is perfect!

  5. I tried this long ago, but it still tasted like lentils to me. Maybe I didn't have a good recipe-back then I was less into cooking and didn't know as much. I will have to try it again...maybe with red lentils since those don't taste so lentil-y. lol

  6. Is it just me or are your photos suddening BANGIN'? They look great, and I love the dish too!

  7. What a clever idea to use lentils are the protein in tacos! I've used black beans and pintos, but never lentils. Definitely will be giving this a try for my next tacos! Thanks for the idea!

  8. I made these tonight and they were a hit! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  10. Your lentil tacos sound delicious. You've chosen some great spices to use. I like the idea of using the leftovers on crackers too.

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  11. Have your family watch Forks over Knives - it will help you with your argument with the family :)