vegan lentil tacos

Vegan Lentil Tacos

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


These vegan lentil tacos are full of plant-based protein and easy to assemble. Top them with salsa or add your favorite taco toppings. 



  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp chili powder (or more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 cup French green lentils or brown lentils
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • Optional toppings: avocado, pico de gallo, cheese, etc.


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
  3. Add the garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, and chili powder and stir until the onion is coated.
  4. Add the lentils and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the lentils are soft, but not mushy. You may need to add a bit more water if the lentils are still firm to the bite.
  6. You can either use the lentils as-is, or you can pulse in a food processor for 8-10 seconds to get a more chunky “meaty” texture. This technique works best with french lentils.
  7. Divide into taco shells and add toppings.

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