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

"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."
 
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Ready In:
8hrs 10mins
Ingredients:
10
Serves:
12
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ingredients

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directions

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

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Reviews

  1. godbreathed01
    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
     
  2. aggies
    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.
     
  3. OwlyAnnie
    So wonderful and easy! froze well, which is important for my single self!
     
  4. Hookapotomus
    We loved this. I have made it both in the crock pot and on the stove top and it turned out wonderfully each time. Thanks for a fantastic recipe :)
     
  5. PescatariYum
    Absolutely fantastic!! I didn't add oil to the mix and didn't really think it needed it. It was not a "stick it in the crock and forget about it" kind of recipe, though. I tended to it often, stirring and adding water so that it wouldn't stick. I'm not sure if that was a result of the lack of oil. It came out awesome, though, in about 7 hours. What a great recipe for game day tacos!
     
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Tweaks

  1. Wendy T.
    8-12 hours on high was way too long - I think it would've been more appropriate to cook on low for 8-12 hours, or high for a shorter period of time.
     
  2. TabbyRT
    I think this would've been terrific as written, but I was short on time so I did it on the stovetop. I was short a bouillon cube so I substituted chicken stock for 1 veggie bouillon cube. (Obviously that wasn't vegetarian). If you do this stovetop it'll take about an hour and you will probably need another 1 1/2 cup to 2 cups of liquid.
     
  3. godbreathed01
    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
     

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