Just in time for some Cinco menu planning, I am bringing you my favorite and super simple Vegan Loaded Lentil Tacos that just happen to be paired with a super simple pico de gallo too! Not to mention, I perfectly timed these tacos for your #tacotuesday pleasure as well. Coincidence? I think not!
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There’s a reason tacos have a whole day of the week to themselves, and these tacos are the absolute perfect way to celebrate each and every Tuesday! Lentils really are the star of this recipe, as they soak up all the spices and leave you with a mouth-watering and flavorful filling. Beyond just tasting amazing, lentils are a powerhouse food for anyone looking to eat healthier and feel full too. They are naturally low in calories and packed with protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron to name a few. Now I know you might not be eating tacos to be healthy, but hey it can’t hurt to have both taste and health in a shell!
So, lets talk more about tacos. The first key ingredient to any good taco is to get some really fresh tortilla/taco shells. I personally am a soft shell taco lover, and I prefer half corn/half white flour tortillas, so that’s what I used for this recipe. However, if you’re into a different taco shell- go for it! The real beauty of making tacos is you can really use whatever you desire to hold the fillings- even if that happens to be collard greens!
After picking your shell, it’s all about the filling. As I mentioned, lentils perfectly soak up the spices which are so key to any good filling. I mention it in my recipe, but I actually prefer to use a store-bought mix rather than making my own spice mix for tacos. There are honestly 6-8 spices in most taco packets and sometimes I don’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I find these do a better job of getting all the flavors just right. Not to mention, this option ends up saving me a lot of time and money since I don’t have to buy containers of each spice ingredient!
Last, though not least, comes the toppings! I actually included my super simple pico recipe made with lime juice below. I really like to make my own pico because most store-bought brands add in sugar, which is honestly unnecessary as the tomatoes add so much sweetness already. The pico adds the perfect amount of crunch and crisp texture to the cooked lentils and vegetables so I whole-heatedly recommend you make it!
Cinco de Mayo for me is always a really fun time to get together with friends, share some really good food, and enjoy fun tequila-based drinks! Lets be honest, some years even too much tequila. This year things are going to be slightly more chill as I’m having some girlfriends over, making tacos, filling the room with adorable mini piñatas, and making a drink called a Tequila Smash. There’s a fun story behind this drink as my parents were lucky enough to get this recipe from a bartender a few years ago, so maybe if you’re lucky I’ll share that bonus recipe with you later this week!
I hope you all have the best Taco Tuesday (a very important weekly holiday) as well as the best Cinco De Mayo (hopefully filled with tacos!). Cheers!