December 3, 2018

Red Lentil Tacos

Spiced with delicious taco seasonings, these Red Lentil Tacos are a healthy alternative to taco meat, made with only a few simple ingredients.

Red Lentil Tacos

Are you in a healthy recipe slump between Thanksgiving and Christmas, if so, look no further than Red Lentil Tacos. If not, still check them out :) These gems are delicious and are super easy to make. A perfect change of pace from all the holiday foods.

This recipe sort of came up as an accident. I was cooking red lentils for myself and I realized that I cooked them to a taco-like texture. I added some taco seasonings and Red Lentil Tacos were born.

Red Lentil Tacos

How to make Red Lentil Tacos

To make these tacos, start with -- you guessed it -- red lentils. Lentils are so easy to cook. You don't need to soak them like other beans and they cook extremely quickly. All you need to do is add the lentils and some water to a pot and simmer for 15 minutes.

Red lentils cook quicker than green or brown lentils, so watch them carefully towards the end to ensure you don't end up with a bunch of mush. To make these taco-like make sure there are still some intact beans.

After the lentils are done, drain them. Then mix in your spices. I used a mix of the spices I had on hand -- this makes the tacos as fresh and tasty as possible. If you have a taco seasoning you like, or prefer to buy seasoning packs/mixes, you do you. If you need to be 100% gluten free, be sure to make sure that whatever seasoning you choose is certified gf.

To make up the taco seasoning flavors, I used chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, cumin, and salt. If you're not a fan of lots of spice, feel free to omit the red pepper flakes and/or the chili powder. I find though, that when you eat these in a tortilla, the spice is completely manageable.

Serve Red Lentil Tacos in a corn or flour tortilla. Top with your favorite taco fixings. Personally, I love a simple taco so I don't add a ton of toppings. You can go crazy though. Add tomatoes, lettuce, onions, non-dairy cheese, non-dairy sour cream, jalapeno peppers, avocado or anything you love. Enjoy!

Red Lentil Tacos

Recipe Prayer

God, thank you for a healthy alternative to traditional tacos. Thank you for giving us flavorful, plant-based food to fuel us. Amen.

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Red Lentil Tacos

Spiced with delicious taco seasonings, these Red Lentil Tacos are a healthy alternative to taco meat, made with only a few simple ingredients.















  • 2 Cups Red Lentils
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, omit for less spice
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt


  1. Add 3 cups of water to a medium pot. Stir in the lentils and bring to a simmer. Let cook for 8-9 minutes. When the lentils are tender, drain.
  2. Gently mix the spices into the lentils. Serve with your favorite non-dairy taco fixings! Enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography