When my husband and I first tried these vegan lentil tacos, we were mind blown! This lentil taco meat is such a great alternative to ground beef for those that are looking for a great Meatless Monday recipe or just trying to eat more plant-based.
Reducing your meat intake and substituting with plant-based proteins (like lentils) can impact your health significantly! Even if you start small, such as one day a week.
Here’s why you’ll love these Vegan Lentil Tacos:
Weeknight ready: Can be ready in 15-25 minutes with minimal dishes!
Meal-prep friendly: You will most likely have leftovers to pack for lunch the next day. Add them to a burrito or serve over rice!
Flavorful and delish: The combination of seasonings and spices blends so well together and makes it super yummy.
Nourishing: Lentils are so hearty and protein-packed but they are also rich in iron. The iron from the lentils is more available for your body to absorb because it is paired with tomatoes and lime juice which are high in vitamin C. Iron + Vitamin C = better iron absorption!
Tips & Substitutes:
Green or brown lentils are best. Red lentils will do but get a bit mushier — if you like that texture, go for it! Taco meat can be made from so many different plant-based proteins. If you’re looking for a nut-based vegan meat, I highly recommend Plant Based RD’s Vegan Walnut Tacos Meat.
Soy sauce can be substituted for tamari or coconut aminos. Use tamari if gluten-free.
Fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles add great flavor but you can also use fresh diced tomatoes and 1-2 jalapeños to substitute.
Chipotles in adobo sauce add a hint of smoky flavor. If you’re super sensitive to spicy I recommend only adding one.
Do not skimp on the spices and seasonings. Always taste as you go and add more, remember everyone’s palette is a bit different.