Beef and Lentil Tacos


Lentils are an excellent way to stretch your beef dollars and add nutritional value to your meals. They cook quickly and don’t have a strong flavor of their own, so they sort of blend in with the ground beef. Try them in your tacos. You may not even notice they’re there!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 c. lentils
  • 3 c. water (approximately)
  • taco seasoning (packet or homemade)


Brown the ground beef, drain and remove from the skillet. Add the lentils, water and taco seasoning to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the lentils are fully cooked. (If they seem crisp or crunchy, keep cooking them. The goal with these lentils is to get them slightly mushy so they blend into the beef.) Add more water while the lentils are cooking if they start to look too dry. Add the beef back to the skillet and simmer 3-4 minutes to let the beef absorb the taco flavor.


This mixture tastes great in tacos, but it would also be good as a taco salad or nacho topping.




3 thoughts on “Beef and Lentil Tacos

  1. Rebecca Chavez February 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Lentils make a really good alternative to refried beans…You cook them until soft, mash & refry as if you’re making homemade refried beans, add salt, garlic, & even a few tablespoons of tomatoe sauce ( or alternatively a bit of tomatoe flavored bouillon) & a small pat of butter & these go great served with enchilladas, tostadas, or flautas.
    Lentils prepared as mentioned aboved are great on indian bread ( similar to a thick torttillas or pita bread) spread over the round indian flat bread & top with lettuce/tomatoes/cilantro/chesse/onions & salsa…or ant combo…This was a hit at my home during lean times…They have alot of flavor & can be made from scratch, including the indian (American Indian version) flat bread…& they are super healthy.

    • heatheralwin February 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm Reply

      Sounds yummy! I’ll have to give that a try sometime.

  2. Rebecca Chavez February 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm Reply

    That was surpossed to read “any” combo…NOT “ant” combo…:) darn auto correct 🙂

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