Tasty Lentil Tacos

If you’re feeling like eating vegetarian today, let’s talk. While the thought of modifying a meat-based recipe may seem like a daunting task, trust us, it’s anything but! In honor of Meatless Monday, we’re swapping meat out for today’s tacos in place of lentils. Lentils are just as flavorful and delicious as regular tacos but packed with much more nutrients. In fact, they’re quite the powerhouse for protein, iron and fiber and make a wonderful substitution for ground meat because of their similar shape and crumbly texture. By using the same flavors and spices you would use in regular tacos, you won’t even be able to taste the difference between this recipe. And who knows? You might even find yourself eating these tasty Lentil Tacos from Meatless Monday well into Taco Tuesday!

Lentils are not difficult to prepare but they do take some time if you’re making them from scratch. If you want to cut out the extra steps of cooking your own lentils, then our ready-made Steamed Lentils are the way to go! Their fresh taste and delicious flavor makes it easy to use in this recipe as well as other recipes such as soups, stews, salads and more. For added protein and texture, we also included our Steamed Red Kidney Beans, which is just one among many other items from our Steamed Line. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these items, please call 800-588-0151 or email hotline@melissas.com.

Tasty Lentil Tacos

Yields: 8 servings


  • 1 package of Melissa’s Steamed Lentils
  • 1 head of Organic Cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup of onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving

1 . In a skillet, add the cauliflower florets with olive oil. Brown it on one side for around 4-5 minutes. Turn it over to the other side and brown for another 4-5 minutes.

2. In another large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes.

3. Once the onions have softened, add the lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano.

4. Stir and continue cooking for another few minutes until everything is heated through.

5. Divide each portion along with the sautéed cauliflower among the 8 tortillas. Sprinkle cilantro in between the tacos for garnish.

6. Squeeze on some lime juice and serve.

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy lentils? Let us know some of your favorite Meatless Monday eats!

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