Of all the pantry inspired meals, these tacos are one of my favorites. Lentils soak up flavors amazingly well. Then toss those spiced lentils in a warm tortilla and add your favorite toppings: it’s a perfect recipe for dinner. Beyond the flavor, these chipotle lentil tacos are fairly fast and most of the time is spent waiting for the lentils to cook. One quick tip: if you’re not into spicy, swap the chipotle peppers for a mix of smoked paprika and smoked salt. That combination adds the perfect depth that works wonderfully with the fresh greens. Print
Delicious pantry-inspired tacos featuring chipotle black lentils topped with a simple salad. A perfect base for roasted vegetables or your other favorite toppings.
½ cup uncooked black lentils
1 cup water
1 whole chipotle pepper with 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch of salt
1 cup torn butter lettuce
1 scallion, sliced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
Pinch of salt
4 warm tortilla
- In a pot, combine the lentils, water, chipotle pepper, cumin, coriander, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook until the lentils are tender; 25 to 30 minutes.
- While the lentils are cooking, combine the lettuce, scallions, olive oil, lime juice, and salt. Toss until well combined.
- When the lentils are done, spoon in the lentils and salad into the warm tortillas. Serve with your favorite toppings like hot sauce, salsa, or cheese.
Tips + Tricks: This filling is fairly spicy. To tone it down, use less chipotle pepper or leave it out.
Stock up on Pantry Ingredients: Lentils, Lettuce, Spices
- Calories: 204
- Sugar: 2.7g
- Sodium: 730mg
- Fat: 3.1g
- Saturated Fat: .4g
- Carbohydrates: 34.1g
- Fiber: 6.4g
- Protein: 12.8g
- Cholesterol: 0
Step by Step
Chipotle Lentil Tacos
As with most tacos, there’s quite a few ways you can mix up this specific combination through changing flavors, swapping out toppings, or just ditching the taco plan all together.
Flavorings: While I love the chipotle, it might not be for everyone. You could leave out the chipotle peppers and use a 1/2 teaspoon or so of smoked paprika. If you want to really make these lentils smoke, a pinch of smoked sea salt goes a long way too.
Toppings: While I keep my toppings simple, you could easily do avocado, hot sauce, salsa, cheese, roasted vegetables, and/or onions. So many possibilities to dress up these tacos.
Salad: Ditch the tortilla and serve these lentils over the lettuce for a delicious salad. Also great when you add roasted vegetables (like sweet potatoes or sweet corn!)