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March 18, 2009 / katelynb

Spiced Lentil Tacos

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BLOGGER: KATELYN

Spiced Lentil Tacos

1 Tbl olive oil

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed

1 package taco seasoning

2 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup sour cream

1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, finely chopped

2 tsp adobo sauce

8 taco shells

1 cup shredded lettuce

1 cup chopped tomato

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion, garlic and salt until onion begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lentils and taco seasoning. Cook until spices are fragrant and lentils are dry, about 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Mix sour cream, chile and adobo sauce in a bowl. Uncover lentils and cook until mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Mash with a rubber spatula. Spoon 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with 2 heaping teaspoons sour cream mixture, lettuce, tomato and cheese.

The lentils are a perfect substitute for ground beef or chicken, what is traditionally used in tacos. If you have little experience with lentils don’t be afraid. They are very easy to work with and have little if any taste at all. The texture is much like that of rice or small beans and when seasoned up and topped with fabulous fixings I guarantee you won’t be missing the meat!

Here are the lentils cooking up:

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and a taste test

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Perfect- Enjoy!

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