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Spicy Lentil Tacos

Spicy Lentil Tacos recipe (new image)

A simple weeknight meal that is packed with authentic Mexican flavor.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
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  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 23 tsp garlic, fresh, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup lentils, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste


  1. In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic over medium heat, adding a drop or two of water if needed.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir and simmer uncovered over medium-high heat. Stir often and turn off heat when rice and lentils are cooked.
  3. Use as filler for hard or soft tacos, topping with your choice of fresh, plant-based ingredients.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.