Vegetarian Lentil Taco 'meat Filling' Substitute (Crock Pot)

Total Time
8hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 hrs

This taco filling is a healthier alternative to the meat version. I found this recipe on a “runners” message board where the posters were raving how much this tasted as good as a meat filling. I actually like it better than the fillings made with ground beef. It tastes great in taco shells on taco salads and anywhere you’d normally use a meat taco filling.


  1. Put everything in the crock pot and cook on high for 8-12 hours, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed.
  2. use as you would a meat taco filling.
Most Helpful

Terrific recipe. that said, I did make a couple of changes: Used vegetable broth instead of water and bullion and cooked in my pressure cooker for about 15 min on high. Easy simple delicious. this would be highly adaptable to seasoning s for other cuisines: greek for moussaka, Indian curry mix for samosas, meat for English shepherd's pie. etc. thanks for a great jumping off point. I'll be using this often. Thanks Judy in WA

godbreathed01 April 12, 2010

This is the same recipe that I use, but mine is out of the Taste of Home cookbook, and is cooked on the stove. My version you saute the onion garlic, lentils, in a little bit of oil. Then you add the broth and simmer for about 30 min.

aggies August 30, 2008

So wonderful and easy! froze well, which is important for my single self!

OwlyAnnie August 01, 2011