Spicy Lentil Tacos

Lentils are a great source of protein and are very cheap, making them a useful way to bulk out your dishes with minimal impact on your wallet. Here, they are the base of a spicy Mexican-inspired taco that is packed with flavour. Play with toppings to adapt them to you own tastes, or put them in the middle of the table and let your guests experiment with their own.

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Serves: 2
Spicy Lentil Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 90 g/3¼ oz/generous ¼ cup red lentils
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 300 ml/½ pint/1¼ cups vegetable stock
  • 4 mini tortillas

To serve (optional):

  • ¼ iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Salsa
  • Avocado Hummus

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously, until soft but not coloured, then add the lentils and taco seasoning and cook for 1 minute more.
  2. Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and leave to cook for 15 minutes until the liquid has dissolved and the lentils are tender.
  3. Place the tortillas on plates and spoon over the lentil mixture, add toppings of your choice, then fold over the tortillas to form a taco. Serve hot.
  4. Tip: Making taco seasoning at home is the work of moments and is much more economical than buying it from a shop. Combine 2 tablespoons chilli powder with ½ tablespoon each of paprika, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. This will keep well in an airtight jar.