Chipotle Lentil Tacos with Lettuce and Scallions

Chipotle Lentil Tacos with Lettuce and Scallions

Chipotle Lentil Tacos with Lettuce

Of all the pantry inspired meals, these tacos are one of my favorites. Lentils soak up flavors amazingly well. Then toss those spiced lentils in a warm tortilla and add your favorite toppings: it’s a perfect recipe for dinner. Beyond the flavor, these chipotle lentil tacos are fairly fast and most of the time is spent waiting for the lentils to cook. One quick tip: if you’re not into spicy, swap the chipotle peppers for a mix of smoked paprika and smoked salt. That combination adds the perfect depth that works wonderfully with the fresh greens.

Chipotle Lentil Tacos

Delicious pantry-inspired tacos featuring chipotle black lentils topped with a simple salad. A perfect base for roasted vegetables or your other favorite toppings.



½ cup uncooked black lentils

1 cup water

1 whole chipotle pepper with 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground coriander

Pinch of salt


1 cup torn butter lettuce

1 scallion, sliced

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lime juice

Pinch of salt

4 warm tortilla


  • In a pot, combine the lentils, water, chipotle pepper, cumin, coriander, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook until the lentils are tender; 25 to 30 minutes.
  • While the lentils are cooking, combine the lettuce, scallions, olive oil, lime juice, and salt. Toss until well combined.
  • When the lentils are done, spoon in the lentils and salad into the warm tortillas. Serve with your favorite toppings like hot sauce, salsa, or cheese.


Recipe Notes

Tips + Tricks: This filling is fairly spicy. To tone it down, use less chipotle pepper or leave it out.

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Chipotle Lentil Tacos


As with most tacos, there’s quite a few ways you can mix up this specific combination through changing flavors, swapping out toppings, or just ditching the taco plan all together.

Flavorings: While I love the chipotle, it might not be for everyone. You could leave out the chipotle peppers and use a 1/2 teaspoon or so of smoked paprika. If you want to really make these lentils smoke, a pinch of smoked sea salt goes a long way too.

Toppings: While I keep my toppings simple, you could easily do avocado, hot sauce, salsa, cheese, roasted vegetables, and/or onions. So many possibilities to dress up these tacos.

Salad: Ditch the tortilla and serve these lentils over the lettuce for a delicious salad. Also great when you add roasted vegetables (like sweet potatoes or sweet corn!)