September 5, 2013

Black Bean Lentil Tacos


If you read my last post, you know we're building a house and that we close in a couple weeks - eeee!!! You may also have noticed the blog has taken a back seat while we're in transition. We've been so busy that even grocery shopping has been cut back, leaving me to get real creative with what I can scrounge around for in the pantry and fridge. And that's exactly how these tacos and I came to meet. A taco craving that needed to be satisfied, and a lacking pantry to do it with. But I'm so glad that challenge was presented because as it turns out... we love these! The filling is packed with flavor, protein, and fiber. Adding vegetable broth eliminates the dryness and creates wonderful texture. You can change up the spices however you prefer - I also love the addition of ground chipotle powder. Better yet, the leftovers morph into a taco bowl for my husband's work lunch. Simply mix together the filling, toppings, and small pieces of corn tortilla for an easy, no-hassle lunch to reheat. Update: we've also used the mixture on nachos - delicious!!


Vegan, gluten-free
Makes about 6 good-sized tacos

Ingredients
1 cup dry lentils (about 3 cups cooked)
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/3 cup salsa
2/3 cup vegetable broth, more if needed
Tortillas (I used corn)
Salt to taste
Toppings of choice: tomato, lettuce, corn, cheese, salsa, guacamole, cilantro, etc.

Directions
Cook lentils according to package directions and drain.
In a large skillet over med-high heat, sauté onion for about 7 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt. Heat for 2 minutes.
Reduce heat. Add lentils and black beans. Mash mixture and stir to combine.
Add salsa and vegetable broth. Stir, then heat for about 5 minutes. Add more vegetable broth as necessary to keep it a creamy, moist consistency. Tweak seasonings if needed.
Spoon into a tortilla with toppings of your choice. (OR try it as a taco bowl!)

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21 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmmmm! I do love tacos. I came to them late, but now I'm converted!

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    1. Hi Jacqueline! Glad you came around on tacos :) I love them too!

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  2. Yum - looks great!

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  3. making these tonight! can't wait!

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    1. Ah! Hope you LOVED them!! We made a double batch last week and used the leftovers on nachos - so good! :)

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  4. This recipe was amazing! It was so simple but tasted fresh and healthy. Exactly what a busy mom needs during the week, my 3 year old devoured his taco, which is a rarity! This will definitely become a staple in this house. Thank you!

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    1. YAY! I love meals that please the entire family - kiddos included! :) Makes it much less stressful come dinner time. So glad you both enjoyed these! Thanks for the sweet message!

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  5. Could this mixture be frozen and reheated as necessary? How do lentils do with freezing?

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    1. Hi Candy! I've never personally tried freezing this recipe, but lentils and beans typically freeze quite well! Just be sure not to overcook the lentils. Would love to hear if you give it a try - hope you enjoy! :)

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  6. Great recipe. My family consists of a vegetarian, a vegan and a kid who eats anything and everything. Everyone loved this one and went for seconds! Thanks for the post. :)

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    1. Hey Tamara! Yay - SO fantastic to hear! Glad to hear you all enjoyed it and thanks for the sweet message :)

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  7. Just ran across your webpage yesterday (from Pinterest posting of your 12 Vegan recipes) and made the black bean taco mix for dinner - it's great! Thanks for sharing!

    Jeff

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    1. Hey Jeff - NICE! Glad you enjoyed these, thanks for letting me know. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Have made these MANY times! These are our 'go to' for taco night! Love them! We've even used the black bean/lentil mix on nachos too... Soooo good! Thanks for a great recipe! :)

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    1. Hey Vicky! Yay!!! So fantastic to hear you're enjoying them for your taco nights :D We love them on nachos too!! Thanks for the sweet message, have an awesome weekend!

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  9. Excellent replacement for ground meat dish.Anyone would love the texture and freshness of this go to anytime meal.

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