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Lentil and black bean tacos

Lentil and black bean tacosThree weeks down! Only one and a half weeks of Vegan January left. I must say, as much as I’ve been enjoying the vegan meals I’ve been making, I’m kind of looking forward to February. I definitely don’t think I’m cut out to be vegan long-term – respect to those who can do it!

Perhaps if I was allowed one non-vegan meal a week just to get my cheese fix, it would be a lot easier for me, because I am actually coming up with plenty of awesome vegan dinner ideas – like these lentil and black bean tacos. They’re a simple mixture of lentils, black beans and spices, served in a tortilla with whatever other taco fillings you fancy – I went for salsa and some fresh coriander, but avocado, tomatoes, red onion, or (if you really want to make me jealous) some sour cream or grated cheese would be great too.

Lentil and black bean tacos

The lentil and black bean mixture in these tacos is great hot or cold, so they’re also pretty good for taking to work for your lunch. Just beware that you might need a bib if you’re likely to end up making as much of a mess as I did – you can’t really fold in the end of a taco in the same way as you can with something bigger like a burrito, so everything inevitably slips slowly out of the open end. I’m sure there’s some technique to eating these things neatly, but I’ve yet to find it. Maybe a knife and fork is the answer, but I think I would feel a little ridiculous doing that (and this from a girl who uses a knife and fork for pizza).

Perhaps we just need to embrace the fact that tacos are messy, but as long as they’re delicious, it’s okay. These were definitely worth it.

Lentil and black bean tacos

Lentil and black bean tacos
Recipe Type: Main meal
Author: Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
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Serves: 2
  • 60g brown lentils
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans, drained but not rinsed (240g when drained)
  • 1/2tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1/4tsp ground coriander
  • Black pepper
  • To serve: 4 mini flour tortillas or taco shells; taco toppings such as salsa, fresh coriander, avocado, tomato, cheese, sour cream
  1. Add the lentils, stock and black beans to a saucepan, and bring to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for around ten minutes, until the liquid has begun to boil off. From this point onwards, you will probably need to stir more often to prevent the lentil and bean mixture from sticking to the pan. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes, until the mixture is thick and has no excess water. If the lentils are still not quite tender, add a dash more water and cook for a few more minutes.
  2. Add the spices and plenty of black pepper, and mix well.
  3. Serve in mini tortillas or taco shells with your favourite taco toppings.

Lentil and black bean tacos

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Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Hi Becca, these look fabulous! Could I make them with green lentils? What is the difference between the different colored lentils?

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 20th of February 2017

Actually green lentils and brown lentils are pretty similar, so you could definitely try using green :) Red lentils, on the other hand, cook down a lot mushier than brown and green.


Monday 10th of February 2014

Just whipped this up for dinner. Most excellent. Simple & quick (and really good!)

Deborah Davis

Thursday 30th of January 2014

Lentils and black beans together in a taco! I feel like I have gone to foodie heaven. These are my favorite beans so I am delighted to see them paired in this delicious taco recipe. Your photos look good enough to eat! So glad I found your blog on The Wednesday Roundup! We share a love for healthy, plant-based food, I see! All the best, Deborah

Kimberly @ A time to freeze

Sunday 26th of January 2014

I'm excited to find this recipe. I've been looking to find some lentil recipes that sound good, other than soups. My family might even give this a try. :) Stopping by from the DBB and pinning!

Coco (@Got2Run4Me)

Sunday 26th of January 2014

I gave up meat for Lent last year. I don't think I cold give up cheese, but these sound good!