It's Eat Your Pantry Month here at our house and I thought I'd take a moment to share one of our absolute favourite pantry meals. Lentil tacos are easy, super thrifty, and yummy too. It can even be stirred into regular cooked taco meat to feed tacos to a crowd on the cheap!
I normally use red lentils, but I know I've used other lentils in the past and they turned out just fine, so go ahead and use whatever you've got in your pantry!
In a small amount of oil, cook until fragrant:
- 1 diced onion
- 5 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 cup of lentils
- 1/2 cup of brown rice
- 5 cups of water
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp of onion powder
- 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
When you dump everything in the pan you are going to wonder if the 5 cups of water was a typo. It will look something like soup.
But I promise, it will thicken up.
If you serve them on homemade tortillas with a few fresh toppings, I'm pretty sure you can feed your whole family for less than the price of a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Oh, and leftovers make for a pretty fabulous dip for tortilla chips!