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Tacos on a hot summer day, is there anything better? The answer is yes there is. Spicy Lentil Tacos on a hot summer day! Now we’re talking.
Tacos on a hot summer day, is there anything better? The answer is yes there is. Spicy Lentil Tacos on a hot summer day! Now we’re talking. Before my recent obsession with lentils, if someone had offered me a lentil dish, my brain would have automatically skipped to a brownish mushy lentil stew. I mean in reality that stew would probably taste pretty delish, but brown-mushy-ploppy soup isn’t generally what calls to my taste buds. But I have since realized the beauty of lentils. They are fantastic in chili, or done in an Indian style served with lots of spices and rice, and of course in tacos. The key is to take the time to season them with yummy spices and let those flavours soak right in. Layer on a toasted corn tortilla, add some fresh toppings (I particularly love how mango adds a bit of sweetness), and be prepared to find your new favourite summer meal. Spicy, fresh, eat with your hands yumminess. And they go great with summer cocktails!

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  • How to cook a taco. Spicy Lentil Tacos - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by measuring your spices into a bowl. I like to do this first so that I’m not rushing around like a crazy person trying to gather them while not burning the onions.

  • How to cook a taco. Spicy Lentil Tacos - Step 2
    Step 2

    Chop up the onions and the garlic.

  • How to cook a taco. Spicy Lentil Tacos - Step 3
    Step 3

    Rinse the lentils in a fine sieve. I made the silly mistake of tossing them in a large strainer one time, only to find all the lentils were falling out of the strainer holes. So don’t do that.

  • How to cook a taco. Spicy Lentil Tacos - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sautee onions in olive oil for 5-10 mins until golden. Add garlic and sautee for another 1-2 minutes making sure not to let the garlic burn. Add spice mixture and stir to toast for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the spices become fragrant (See the need for preparation).

  • How to cook a taco. Spicy Lentil Tacos - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add lentils and 2 cups of broth or water, stir, then cover and put on medium low heat.

  • How to cook a taco. Spicy Lentil Tacos - Step 6
    Step 6

    Check lentils every 10 minutes or so to test that they are ready and not burning. They will take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to cook. If your lentils are still hard but no water is left, add about 1/4 cup more at a time as needed until lentils reach desired consistency. I have found that different types of lentils can vary quite a bit in time to cook and the liquid ratio, so just don’t be afraid to add more liquid or cook them longer if the need that.

    When they are cooked, they should be soft, slightly mushy and thick.

  • How to cook a taco. Spicy Lentil Tacos - Step 7
    Step 7

    Warm the tortillas in the oven at 350F, then top with the lentil mixture and your favourite toppings. Prepare to have a new spot in your heart (and stomach) for lentils.

    Bon Appetegan!

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