I know what you’re thinking: Two ingredients? Where’s the rest of the taco?
So, I’ll be upfront in addressing that this is about making the vegetarian taco “meat” But to set up the rest of the taco bar, add as many or as few of these things as you’d like:
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced onions
- Shredded cheese (or crumbled cotija cheese… or both)
- Taco sauce
- Sour cream
- + tortillas!
Hard, soft, folded, flat, bring them on!
Ok, now that’s out of the way, let’s make this as simple as possible:
What You Need:
2 cups cooked lentils (cook according to the package)
1 packet taco seasoning
What You Do:
Cook the lentils
Add the seasonings
Assemble the tacos
That’s it! And before you ask, “What the heck did I just read,” let me explain. When I started cooking for myself, I literally needed directions for everything, including little things like, “lentils can be combined with pre-bought spice packets.” For some reason with cooking, it’s really easy to complicate things.
For example, could you go out and buy each type of spice in those packets, measure out the exact amount in each, and use that? Sure. But why? One tiny packet should make you roughly 2 cups of cooked lentils. That’s a lot of taco filling!
And if you’re a person who was like me and made cooking a very precise, semi-stressful event: it’s ok. This is just cooking, not baking.
Messiness: I gotta be honest, taco bars can get pretty messy, so use some cheats. Get pre-shredded lettuce and canned diced tomatoes. It’s a taco, you can only go so wrong with the ingredients.
Budget: I found all of these items at my local 99 Cent store, so you can make roughly 20 tacos (give or take 5) for around $10. That’s about $0.50 a taco. Cheaper than the truck, right?
Simplicity: This is kinda the whole point of the recipe: keep it simple. Growing up, our mom fried all of our taco shells and it felt like the fanciest, most labor-intensive thing, and it can be that way. But there are ways to make everything taste just as good while cutting a few corners.
Delicious Scale: If you give taco meat a 10/10, then look forward to more of the same. Lentils have a similar texture to ground beef and they absorb flavor well, too.