Barbecued Lentil Soft Tacos

The man of the (female-dominated) house did not find lentils too palatable the last time I made them. So we had a big bag of lentils hanging around the house that were collecting dust… and this turned out to be a sneaky way to make them again! So delicious that it can turn anyone into a lentil-lover.

Lentil Soft Taco

For the full soft tacos you will need:

  • Soft taco shells
  • Leafy greens of choice
  • Chopped and de-seeded tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Barbequed lentils (see below)

Ingredients for the barbequed lentils:

  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive/sunflower oil
  • 2 medium-sized onions, sliced in half-moons
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (we used a yellow bell pepper, any color will do)
  • *1 tbsp chili flakes
  • *1 tsp garlic powder
  • *1 tsp paprika
  • *1/2 tsp salt
  • *2 tiny cans of tomato paste (if in Holland– the Euroshopper kind of 0.07€/can!), about 1/2 cup in total
  • *1/4 cup ketchup
  • *2 tbsp syrup
  • *1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • *1 vegetable bouillon, crushed

You can omit everything with a * and replace with 1 cup of barbecue sauce if you are in a time or ingredient crunch… or are afraid of too many ingredients (like my mother).


  1. Start by cooking the lentils. Put the lentils and water in a pot, bring to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer. They should cook for about 30 minutes or so, or until they get to be a little tender. (We will finish them off in the sauce, so they don’t need to be completely done.)
  2. Sauté onions in oil until they get translucent. Then add bell peppers. Sauté until peppers begin to get soft.
  3. Then add in the chili flakes, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Toss.
  4. Add in the tomato paste, ketchup, soy sauce & syrup.
  5. Take your mostly-cooked lentils and add to the sauce. Add in the water and the crushed vegetable bouillon.
  6. Let the lentils simmer until the water has been absorbed and the lentils stick together in the barbecue sauce. If lentils are too hard still, then add a bit more water. You are done when the lentils are cooked to your liking, and everything is sticking together!



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