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Easy Taco Seasoned Lentils - For Nachos, Tacos, Quesadillas & Taco Salad Easy Taco Seasoned Lentils - For Nachos, Tacos, Quesadillas & Taco Salad

Easy Taco Seasoned Lentils – For Nachos, Tacos, Quesadillas & Taco Salad

I am always trying to find easy family meals that are full of plant protein and that everyone likes.  These Taco Seasoned Lentils have been a huge hit around here, and are so versatile!  I love keeping a big mason jar of them in the refrigerator for a quick dinner or lunch taco salad.

Thanks to Trader Joes, I don’t have to worry about making the lentils.  These steamed lentils have been the perfect replacement for ground beef in our family, and we have made sloppy joes, taco meat and meatloaf with them.  If you don’t live near a Trader Joes, lentils are super easy to make.  It is a lot like making rice, 1 part lentils to 2 parts water.  Click here for directions.

If you do live by a Trader Joes, they are found in the refrigerator section. They are shrink wrapped so they last a long time in your refrigerator at home.  I’m sure you could freeze them, but I have never had to.  They are delicious just crumbled up on top of a salad for added protein, but I like adding different sauces and flavorings to them.


To make taco seasoned lentils, I just buy a packet of taco seasoning, (or use this recipe), and mix it with the required water.  Heat it up a bit until it smells good.  Then add 1 lb of cooked lentils.  The above picture is what the lentils from Trader Joes look like.  Don’t let the dark color on the outside of the lentils bug you, as it says on the package, this is normal.


Separate the lentils and stir them into the taco sauce.  Heat up. It is that simple!  This sure beats dealing with raw meat and draining nasty grease, huh?


Now your taco lentils are ready to use in whatever way you would like.  Use on nachos, tacos, quesadillas, or for taco salad.

Easy Peasy!!

Taco Seasoned Lentils

1 packet taco seasoning (or use this recipe for homemade taco seasoning mix)

Water (according to taco seasoning packet directions)

1 lb cooked lentils, (buy precooked or use this method to cook your own)

Put taco seasoning into the pan.  Add water.  Add lentils.  Stir and heat until hot and aromatic, and water has been absorbed.

*sometimes I add corn to them for added texture, color and deliciousness!

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  • Amy January 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    This was delicious and so easy for tacos. I can’t wait to use this in place of meat in other Mexican dishes. Thank you! Happy New Year!

  • Daniel September 20, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    My wife and I really enjoyed this with tortilla chips!

    • AmyNewNostalgia September 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

      So glad to hear, Daniel. Thanks for letting me know. It is one of our family favorite recipes.