Monday, January 14, 2013

Lentil Tacos

Lentil tacos have quickly become a regular meal in our home.  And, despite the fact that Ellie insists each and every time that she does NOT like them, everyone always eats their fair share of them (including Ellie).  Lentils are healthy and the recipe is pretty quick to make (30-40 minutes).  Here's what I do:

In a pot, add 2 TBL olive oil w/ 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1 chopped garlic clove.  Saute until tender.  Add in 1 cup lentils, 1 tsp-1 TBL Chili Powder (when the kids are eating this, which is almost always, we only use 1 tsp, otherwise it's too spicy for them) and 1 tsp cumin.  Add in 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (I use my homemade chicken broth).  Bring the mixture to a boil, and then decrease the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Once tender, you can either leave them whole or mash them up a bit.  Then, add in 1 cup salsa.  Stir well.  Leave the lid off the pot and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up.

Our favorite for these is frying up corn tortillas on the stove in some oil to make crunchy shells.  Sometimes we use soft flour shells-they are all good!

Some of our favorite toppings for these:

Shredded cheese
Diced tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Sour Cream
Hot Sauce
Diced Green Bell Peppers
Black beans (mix with some cumin-yum!)


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