Tucson Spicy Lentil Tacos

Tucson Spicy Lentil Tacos

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| | Makes 10 tacos

  • 1 cup uncooked lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large onions, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ½ jalapeño, diced
  • One (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 10 (6-inch) corn tortillas

FOR THE TOPPINGS

  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Guacamole
  • Jicama, peeled and shredded
  • Salsa

Several years ago, my Mom, Dad, sister Jane, Colin Campbell, and I gave a one-day “Healthy You” seminar in Tucson, Arizona. The night before the event we were invited to Anne Minkus’s home to mingle with many of the plant-strong pillars of the community. We had an unforgettable weekend and dinner at Anne’s home, with these Spicy Lentil Tacos leading the charge.

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Bring the lentils and 2½ cups of water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until lentils soften, around 20 minutes.
  3. Saute the onions, garlic, and jalapeños in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onions start to turn brown and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time as needed, to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan.
  4. Add the cooked lentils and taco seasoning to the saucepan.
  5. Mix well, add the vegetable stock, and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Drape each corn tortilla over two bars of a vertical oven rack so that the tortilla’s two opposing sides hang down, evenly, facing each other.
  8. Cook the tortillas until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Remove the tortillas from the rack and admire your new taco shells.
  10. Spoon lentil mixture into the taco shells. Top with tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, jicama, and salsa.

Note: If you’d prefer, use romaine lettuce leaves as a wrap instead of the taco shells.

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