Hearty lentil mushroom tacos suitable for Taco Tuesday or any night of the week. These Vegan Lentil Tacos are “meaty” and flavorful and ready in under 30 minutes!
I love taco night at our house. It’s so easy and everyone can accessorize their tacos however they want.
One of our favorites are these Vegan Lentil Tacos.
The lentil mushroom taco meat is quick and easy to make, savory and flavorful, and best of all, delicious and satisfying.
Load them up with your favorite taco toppings, like shredded cabbage, salsa, avocado, cilantro, and tomatoes and you’ve got a meal the whole family will love!
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Lentils ~ Brown or green lentils work well here as they hold their shape best. Red lentils are too soft and will just turn to mush.
This is especially easy if you have leftover cooked lentils (which I almost always do…I use them all the time in any number of these Vegan Lentil Recipes), but if not, lentils cook up quickly in about 20 minutes or you can buy them pre-cooked in cans or boxed in the produce section.
If you really don’t want to use lentils for some reason, you can substitute 2 cups of cooked black beans or cooked vegan ground “beef” like Beyond Meat or Impossible.
Mushrooms ~ I like meaty Cremini mushrooms for this lentil taco recipe. They are also known as Baby Bellas. You could also slice up big portobellos. Shiitake mushrooms would be delicious, too.
Spices ~ The usual taco spices are all here – chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and a little cayenne for heat.
If you don’t like spicy heat, you can use less cayenne or just leave it out.
You could also add some black pepper and oregano – both would work great in this dish.
Tortillas ~ I love corn tortillas lightly charred in a skillet for a few minutes. They also make these vegan lentil tacos completely gluten free.
Corn tortillas do tend to tear a bit, so here’s a hot tip…double them up to make them sturdier.
You could use flour tortillas if you like those better.
Kids love when they get to make decisions, so, set up a taco bar with all the fixings and let them go to town choose what they want.
How to make the recipe
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms (1) and sauté, stirring occasionally, until they are tender and reduced in size (2).
Note: Mushrooms give off a lot of liquid, so you shouldn’t need any oil or water to sauté with, however if you find they are sticking to your pan, feel free to add a splash of water or broth…or oil if you really want.
Once the mushrooms have cooked down, add the cooked lentils and spices (3), stir well, and simmer until fragrant and heated through (4).
If the mixture seems too dry, add up to ½ cup of water to loosen it up.
How to serve
I like to lightly char corn tortillas in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. Then I add shredded cabbage, the lentil mushroom mixture, chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, halved grape tomatoes, and a drizzle of salsa. So. Much. Flavor!
This mushroom lentil “meat” is also great over baked potatoes or rice if you don’t want to make tacos.
Storage and freezing
Fridge: Leftovers lentil mushroom taco meat will keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
Freezer: You can also freeze the mixture for about 3 months.
Store any and all toppings separately.
Pro tips for success
~ Use brown or green lentils, not red, for best results. Red lentils do not hold their shape and will be too mushy.
~ Use leftover cooked lentils or pre-cooked canned or packaged lentils to make these vegan lentil tacos in just 20 minutes!
~ Adjust the spices to your liking. Reduce the amount of cayenne or leave it out completely if you don’t like spicy heat.
~ Heat the tortillas in a skillet for a few minutes to char them slightly so they hold up better.
~ Set out all the toppings and let everyone choose what they like best.
Lentils are a fantastic substitute for ground meat. They’re high in protein and fiber, yet low in fat. They also boast high amounts of iron, folate, potassium and more!
Try them instead of beef in my Vegan Sloppy Joes, Pasta Bolognese, and Vegan Shepherd’s Pie.
These Mushroom Lentil Tacos are vegan! They’re also gluten free, oil free, healthy and delicious!
However, that doesn’t mean that all lentil tacos are vegan. Although lentils are vegan by themselves, other ingredients may be added to certain recipes that is less than desirable. Also check labels and ingredients lists to be sure.
Obviously, lentils are great in tacos in place of meat. You can also use black beans, chickpeas, mushrooms, cauliflower, a mix of assorted veggies, or store-bought vegan ground “beef.”
More vegan taco recipes
- Black Bean Mini Tacos
- Crunchy Veggie Tacos
- Crispy Cauliflower Tacos
- BBQ Jackfruit Tacos
- Baked Tofu Tacos
- Easy Chickpea Tacos
- Breakfast Tacos
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Vegan Lentil Tacos
- tortillas corn or flour, your choice
- toppings such as avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, pickled red onions, etc.
- Sauté mushrooms in a skillet over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cooked lentils and seasonings. Stir to combine. Add the water, if needed, if the mixture seems too dry.
- Simmer the mixture until heated through, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Serve in tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.
Nutrition facts calculated without tortilla or toppings.
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.