Tacos are amazing. Tacos are great. Tacos are versatile and always flavorful and exciting. When in doubt, I always turn to taco-styled dishes for lunches or dinners. Taco salads, tacos, burrito bowls, etc.

This lentil taco meat is super easy to make, super cheap, and can be used in a variety of dishes. This is a great recipe to cook for meal prep, larger parties, or if you’re just really craving tacos and need a lot of taco meat.

This whole-food plant-based spin on a traditional beef dish will surely keep you satisfied. Enjoy!

Easy Vegan Lentil Taco Meat

Recipe by Jordan Gold


  • 2.5 cups dry green lentils (1lb. Bag)

  • 4 tbsp taco seasoning mix

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 cups veggie broth (or 3 cups water)

  • Red Salsa Mixture
  • 1/2 cup chunky red salsa

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • Juice from 1 lime


  • Add your lentils, broth, water and taco seasoning mix to a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer with the lid on for 18-20 minutes.
  • While your lentils are cooking, blend together the salsa ingredients. If you don’t have a blender, just finely chop the chipotles and mix together well.
  • When the lentils are done, drain any extra liquid or remove the lid and let it simmer off. Then, add the salsa mixture, mix in, and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, and let the pot cool for about 5 minutes. Then, with a masher or immersion blender, roughly mash up the lentil mixture to get a meaty and slightly sticky consistency.
  • Serve in tacos, salads, nachos, or whatever else you can think of!

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