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Lentil Taco Filling

Lentil Taco Filling

Lentil Taco Filling is fast, flavorful and easy to make. This vegan lentil taco meat uses canned lentils and plenty of spices for a fast and flavorful dinner.

Tacos are a staple in my house. We have them at least once per week. They are easy, fast and versatile. And today I’m sharing my current favorite thing for stuff my tacos full of: Lentil Taco Filling.

This lentil taco filling is done SUPER fast thanks to canned lentils. It only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish making this recipe perfect for a weeknight. Now, lets talk about how to make them.

Lentils in a cast iron skillet
These lentils are well-spiced and simple to make.

How to Make Lentil Tacos

You only need a few pantry items and about 15 minutes to make this vegan lentil taco meat. Its truly SO easy. To make the filling you will need:

A can of lentils: lentils are rich in protein and iron. And they make up the bulk of this lentil taco filling. I usually buy Goya canned lentils, but any brand will work. Or you can cook lentils yourself!

a taco on a marble board with lentil taco filling and red cabbage slaw
They make a quick and delicious taco filling

An onion and a clove of garlic: the onion and garlic add tons of flavor.

Taco seasoning mix: I always have store bought taco seasoning on hand. The brand I usually go for is McCormick.

A little water: Most taco seasoning mixes have some sort of thickening flour whether it be corn flour or rice flour. So adding some water allows that to hydrate and helps the spices bloom.

close up of a taco filled with vegan lentil taco filling on a marble board
They are delicious with any taco topping

Taco Topping Ideas

I like to load this Lentil Taco Filling onto corn tortillas that have been warmed over the flame of my gas stove to get just a touch of char on them. Then I load them up with all of my favorite toppings.

These tacos are great with any toppings you like. But, I topped mine with Cilantro Lime Red Cabbage Slaw and a dollop of Cilantro Lime Avocado Crema (recipe coming soon!). The combination is SO tasty.

Hand holding a taco
This taco filling will definitely become a taco night favorite!

But, if you’re looking for other taco topping ideas, check out my Restaurant Style Salsa and Party Guacamole!

This lentil taco filling is going to become a go-to taco night recipe. Its simple, flavorful and incredibly fast to make thanks to canned lentils!

Lentil Taco Filling

Megan Calipari
Vegan Lentil Taco Filling is flavorful and easy to make. This lentil taco "meat" uses canned lentils and plenty of spices for a fast and flavorful dinner.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 Tacos


  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Skillet


  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Large Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Large Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Can of Lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 6 Tbsp Water


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute.
  • Add lentils and stir to combine.
  • Add taco seasoning and stir to combine, then immediately add water.
  • Cook for about one minute, stirring frequently until most of the water has evaporated.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Keyword Lentil Recipes, lentils, taco filling, tacos

2 thoughts on “Lentil Taco Filling”

  • Quick lentil question. I know there are several different types of dried lentils. I have green ones right now. Would they work? If not, which dried ones are best for this recipe? Thanks so much!


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