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Simple Lentil Taco Meat

This lentil taco meat is made from lentils and roasted pepitas. It requires less than 15 minutes of preparation and can be used in many recipes, including burritos, bowls, tacos, salads and more! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: vegan
Servings: 6


  • 1 540ml can (19oz) lentils
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 300F. Spread the pepitas on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Watch carefully in the last minutes to avoid burning.
  • Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to a food processor. Once the roasted pepitas are ready, add them to the food processor as well. Pulse until combined, about 30 seconds. Don't over process as you want to keep some texture from the seeds and lentils. 
  • Serve as is in a burrito, burrito bowl, salad, taco or other recipe. You can also saute it in a skillet with a bit of oil before serving if desired.