Lentil Tacos Recipe From Santa Clarita Boot Camper

I feel really fortunate that my parents exposed me to a variety of foods when I was a kid. It ‘s kinda hard not to when you grow up Filipino. I mean right off the bat I learned to eat goat, crabs (the ones with the eggs are pure gold), roasted pig, and my dad’s home grown veggies.

I have my mom to thank for one of my favorite types of food…Mexican. See she was a school teacher and sometimes she would bring home a plate of mexican food that the cafeteria cooks set aside for her.

Now before you go “ewww cafeteria food” this was more like home-cooked type stuff. There were sopes, shredded beef burritos, enchiladas, spicy fall-apart chile verde, and tacos.

To this day I still love Mexican food. I tend to lean towards more clean eating now, but the Latin flavor still makes my taste buds do the happy-dance. So when my boot camper Heidi told me she had a Lentil Taco recipe my eyes and ears perked up and I asked her to share.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 cup mild or spicy salsa or picante
  • 8 corn tortillas (I use Ezekiel)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes

Let’s get cooking:

In a large frying pan over medium heat, sauté the onions, celery and garlic in oil for 5 minutes.

Stir in the lentils,chili powder, cumin and oregano.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add broth and raisins. Cover and cook for 35-40 min. or until the lentils are tender.

Remove the lid and cook, stirring often, until the lentils are thickened, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the salsa.

Wrap the tortilla in a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 1 min. or until soft.

Divide the lentil mixture among the tortillas.

Top with lettuce and tomatoes.

Makes 4 servings.

I usually have a meatless day during the week and lentils are a great for this. They are full of protein and fiber to help build lean fat burning muscle and help you feel full.

If you’re on the fence about this recipe don’t be. Every time I make this I end up eating it right out of the pot. The flavors get awesome-er the next day and you can even spice things up with some roasted chile’s if that’s your thing.

Let me know how you like these taco’s. Leave me a comment down below.

Peace y’all,

John

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