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{Recipe} Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos

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
Sprinkle with:
  • 2 Tbsp flour
 Stir and immediately add:
  • 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
Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and simmer, stirring often, until the desired consistency is achieved.  (About 50 minutes.)

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!

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  1. I usually cover my pan when I'm making lentils and rice. Do you? Or do you keep yours uncovered?

  2. that looks yummy! do you make your own tortillas? do you have a link for them?

    1. Yes, I make my own tortillas! It's super easy and REALLY cheap, I'll share the recipe someday soon :)

  3. Yay! Thank you, it sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it!

  4. I made this recipe last night! It's great for burritos. We fill our tortillas, wrap them, and grill them in the panini press. YUM!

  5. Do you think it would work with less stirring if you covered it? I like that this recipe starts with everything uncooked, so if I forgot to plan ahead and have cooked lentils and rice, I can just toss it all together.

  6. Wish I would have looked at this an hour ago! We could have had it for dinner tonight!

  7. Got home late from work ... nothing inspiring in the pantry ... read your blog and BINGO! Dinner organised. This morning there were plenty of leftovers so I tried making taco shells to go with it for lunch. Taco shells were not so great, so I'll look forward to trying out your tortilla recipe! Thanks Kelly!

  8. Looks delicious! Can't wait to try it out and use up some of the lentils I bought with good intentions but didn't know how to use! Thanks!

  9. I will try this! We usually just use black beans, but if I didn't think ahead or have canned, this would be a great alternative! I'd love to hear about some more recipes from your month of eating from your pantry!

  10. I made this last night, and I was great! We didn't even miss the meat! I'm using the leftovers for enchiladas... yum yum! This will definitely be a go-to recipe for me now for "meatless Mondays"!

  11. Made this tonight. What a great vegan option! I had to add alot more water to mine though. The rice wasn't cooked. Very yummy.

  12. Thank you, Kelly! I have been staring at the lentils in my pantry and was going to look up recipes this week to use them up - inspired by your Eat Your Pantry challenge. I have also been trying to eat things from our freezer, lots of soup!

  13. Could I use instant brown rice or should I use regular brown?

    1. I think because of the long cooking time you'll want to stick to regular brown rice.

  14. Our family is in love with this recipe. It is a great nacho topping as well. I think that I like it better than actual taco meat. I've tried it covered and uncovered and my rice seems to cook better covered and at a slightly lower temp.

    Thanks for a GREAT recipe.

  15. I had asked for a great lentil taco recipe on my blog a few weeks ago and someone pointed me here. My family tried this tonight and everyone enjoyed it - thanks for a great meatless taco option!


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