Friday, March 13, 2009

Spiced Lentil Tacos

SELF Magazine

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 package (2.25 oz) taco seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped (use half for less heat)
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 8 taco shells
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat (2 percent) cheddar

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion, garlic and salt until onion begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lentils and taco seasoning. Cook until spices are fragrant and lentils are dry, about 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Mix sour cream, chile and adobo sauce in a bowl. Uncover lentils and cook until mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Mash with a rubber spatula. Spoon 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with 2 heaping tsp sour cream mixture, lettuce, tomato and cheese.

Note: I only use full-fat dairy, so I substituted in regular sour cream and cheese. I left the recipe as-is to reflect the nutritional info below.

Nutritional Info:
249 calories per 2 tacos, 7.1 g fat (1.9 g saturated), 37.1 g carbs, 9.7 g fiber, 11.5 g protein

Liz's Rating: 8.5/10
Tim's Rating: 9/10 ("Not as good as beef tacos, still good.")


VeggieGirl said...

LOOOOVE spicy!! And lentils :-)

Nicole said...

I wonder if you could do half lentils/half beef or turkey? I'm trying to reduce our meat consumption but DH hates meatless meals. I figure I need to ease into it a bit more.

HaveShoesWillTravel said...

These look really good. Not sure about the fat-free sour cream. I don't trust sour cream that doesn't have any fat in it! This recipe certainly looks like it would fit in with my diet though.

Lisa said...

What an yummy way to make vegetarian tacos!! I can't wait to try this.

Katie said...

I totally forgot to post this, but I definitely starred these. I love lentils! And seriously, I find that I've starred almost EVERYTHING on your blog. SOO yummy! :)

Erin said...

I bought red lentils a few weeks ago, and I need to use the rest of them. They're thinner than brown lentils, and get mushy pretty easily. I might try the recipe with the red ones, to get rid of them, then if I like it I could try again w/ brown lentils.

HaveShoesWillTravel said...

I really liked this recipe. DH was calling them facos since he said they were fake tacos because they didn't have any meet in them. I did get him to eat 2 of them which was a huge feat and while he didn't love them he liked them enough. I definitely loved them though.

Liz said...

I love the term "facos!"

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