This lentil walnut taco meat is an easy recipe to fill those bellies and can be changed up with any taco toppings you like.
Walnut Lentil Filling
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cups cooked brown lentils
- 3/4 cup raw walnuts, rough chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 cup low sodium or salt-free vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon tamari (or low sodium soy sauce)
- salt to taste, if needed
- Pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Corn or flour tortillas
- Red onion, diced
- Tomatoes, diced
- Greens (spinach, romaine lettuce, baby kale)
- Fresh cilantro
- Salsa or Pico de Gallo
- Vegan sour cream or Cashew Lime Crema
- Pickled radishes
- Avocado or Guacamole
- For oil-free cooking, add the diced onion and a pinch of salt to a preheated large non-stick skillet and cook until translucent. Add water as needed if the onion is sticking, about a tablespoon at a time. (Or use a neutral-tasting oil)
- Turn down the heat and add the chopped walnuts and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Use a tablespoon of water at a time to deglaze the pan (if needed for oil-free cooking).
- Then add chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder and coat the onions and walnuts with the seasonings, cook for about 30 seconds-1 minute.
- Add the cooked lentils, 1/2 vegetable broth, and tamari.
- Simmer on low (no need to bring to a boil) and cook covered for 10 minutes.
- Stir occasionally and check on the liquid, the liquid should be cooking out, but if the mixture gets too dry before the time is done add a little more to hydrate the lentils. Everything is already cooked, so 10 minutes just gives the mixture time for all of the flavors to blend together.
- If the liquid has not cooked out after 10 minutes, remove the lid, and stir frequently until the excess liquid is gone.
- When the 10 minutes are up and the excess liquid is gone, taste and adjust for seasoning.
- Mash some of the lentils for a creamier texture and stir in the fresh lime juice.
- Warm-up tortillas then fill them with the taco meat and your desired toppings.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- cooking lentils (if needed): 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: American, Mexican
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