Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lentil Tacos

Being a Vegetarian, its very hard to get many options in a Mexican restaurant. We often end up eating fajitas. Hence I try making various different Mexican dishes at home. Most of the dishes have made us quite happy. Lentil Tacos was one of the dishes which I came across few months ago. I was very happy to find this recipe. It turned out very tasty and filling. The lentils are cooked in a mildly spiced broth. It is then served on a corn or flour tortilla with desired toppings.Do give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you.

  • Olive Oil - 2 tsp
  • Onion(medium sized), finely chopped - 1
  • Garlic pods, minced - 2-3
  • Cayenne pepper powder - To taste
  • Roasted Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Dried Oregano - 1/2 tsp
  • Brown Lentils, rinsed - 1 cup
  • Water or Stock - 2 1/2 cups
  • Cilantro, chopped - 2 Tbsp
  • Salt - To taste
  • Corn or Flour Tortillas, small sized - 8- 10
  • Toppings* - Guacamole, Pica de gallo, chopped tomato, chopped onion, cilantro, shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa.
*Add toppings of your choice. I topped mine with Guacamole, shredded cheese, chopped tomato, onion and cilantro.


Heat oil in a pot on medium heat. Once hot, add in the chopped onions until it starts to develop slight brown color. 

Then add in the minced garlic and sauté it for half a minute. Then add in the spices (cayenne, cumin and oregano), salt.

Fry for few seconds. Then add in the rinsed lentils.

Mix well and finally add water or stock. Check for seasoning and add any, if required.

Then close the lid and cook it for 25- 30 minutes or until the lentils soften (the water should be almost absorbed by now). Once it is cooked, slightly mash with the wooden spoon. Then turn off the heat and add chopped cilantro. The lentil mixture is ready.

Before assembling, warm the tortillas in a microwave oven or on stove top (I made fresh corn tortillas). Prepare guacamole (if using). Then chop the toppings like onion, tomato, cilantro. Once everything is done, start assembling.
Place a warm tortilla on a plate.

Then place 2-3 Tbsp of lentil mixture. 

Finally add toppings of your choice. Repeat with other tortillas. 
Lentil Tacos are ready!

Serve immediately. Above measurement serves three people.