Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

Spicy, creamy, and full of flavor, these vegetarian lentil tacos are sure to please even your toughest critic! 


Lentils and I go way back. Like, way, way back. When I was little, my mom would make a bowls of lentils for lunch and we would top them with salsa. I don’t know who thought of that idea first, but once we started topping the creamy legumes with spicy salsa, it just kinda of stuck.

However, it wasn’t until a couple years ago, that I had lentil tacos for the first time. After having a lentil filled taco, with all the fixings, I knew I could never go back to regular meat.


I don’t know if it’s just because it brings back fond memories for me, or the creamy, spicy texture, or how filling they are, but lentil tacos keeps me coming back for more- time and time again.


Honestly, these pictures really aren’t the “official” photos for the recipe, but I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you all. So, you get these pictures for now. You are welcome. 😉


We love eating these as traditional tacos, but they also make fabulous burrito bowls (shown above), burritos, or even a hearty chip dip! I think they even taste better the second day! Anyone else a leftover lover?

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos


  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil 
  • 1 c. Lentils 
  • 2 tsp. Chili powder 
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp. Oregano 
  • 1 tsp. Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. Water
  • 2 large handfuls spinach or kale
  • 1 c. Salsa
  • *optional* diced sweet potato 


Sauté onion in olive oil until translucent. Once onion is see-through, add in lentils and spices. Sauté on medium/low heat for 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Once lentil mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 30-45 minutes or until lentils are soft. Once lentils are soft, slightly mash them to create a tbicksr and “meatier” texture. Add salsa and spinach and cook until mixture is thick, hot, and spinach has wilted.

Serve hot and enjoy with your favorite taco toppings! 

Questions of the Day 

  1. Are you a lentil fan? 
  2. What is one of your favorite childhood foods?
  3. If you could only eat one ethnic food type for the rest of your life, what would it be?