Chipotle Lentil Tacos with Lettuce

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.

Chipotle Lentil Tacos with Lettuce

Chipotle Lentil Tacos

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings, 2 tacos each


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!)