Lentil taco meat is an easy vegan recipe that is healthy and high in protein. It’s a delicious and spicy plant based meal everyone will love. Try this gluten free and kid friendly recipe for your next Taco Tuesday or meatless Monday.
- 1 cup brown lentils (172g)
- 4 cups vegetable broth, reserve 1 1/2 cups for later (950 ml)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (15 ml)
- 1 cup yellow onion, chopped (114g)
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from about 4 limes
- Bring 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. Meanwhile, rinse the lentils in a strainer, then add them to the broth once it boils. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 to 35 minutes until tender, then uncover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes to thicken.
- Heat up the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, then saute the chopped onion for roughly 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and stir constantly for one minute.
- Add the tomato paste and the dried spices and cook for a minute, while stirring constantly.
- Put the cooked lentils in the skillet and stir until well blended. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of the remaining vegetable broth and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding filtered water when necessary, as this meat will absorb a lot of liquid.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the freshly squeezed lime juice. If you want, you can mash the lentils or put half in a food processor to change up the texture and appearance.
- Serve while still warm.
- Brown lentils cook 20 minutes quicker than green lentils.
- Red lentils get too mushy for this recipe, so it’s best to avoid them.
- Want more flavor? Use vegetable broth instead of filtered water to cook the lentils.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: lentil taco meat, lentil ground beef substitute