These vegan slow cooker lentil tacos are a super easy dinner! Flavorful, family-friendly, and beloved by all kinds of eaters, this is the perfect healthy dinner recipe to make over and over.Jump to Recipe
Originally published June 2015. Last updated October 2020.
Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos
I try to love all of my kitchen appliances equally, but my slow cooker has won a special place in my heart. It is, after all, the only appliance in the house that offers to spend the whole day cooking dinner for me. It really goes above and beyond and I just love it so.
Now that I have found a way to make lentil tacos with my beloved kitchen contraption, I love it even more.
Why these lentil slow cooker tacos are awesome!
Tacos are one of those classic dinners I think many of us grew up eating. I loved taco night in my house as a kid. All the toppings! The wonderful flavor of the filling! It was just a great dinner that everyone in the family looked forward to.
These slow cooker lentil tacos are a little extra special in my book because..
- Super flavorful. You will be amazed by how satisfying these vegan tacos taste! Even my friends and followers who swear they don’t like lentils love this taco filling.
- Easy to make. Throw it together in a few minutes and into your slow cooker or crockpot to cook to perfection while you are busy lifing.
- Family-friendly. These are mellow on the spice, so kids and spice-iffy people will enjoy them. You can also pump up the spice level if that is something you enjoy!
- Adaptable! As always, be sure to check out the suggested adaptations portion of the post below.
- Plant based. If you have been trying to get more plant-focused meals into your meal plan or are vegan, these tacos are a delicious and easy dinner to add your rotation.
Lentils are great because…
If you aren’t already good friends with lentils, allow me to introduce the two of you. Lentils are a protein-rich legume that can soak whatever flavors you dump onto them. They are also part of the legume family right there with beans and come in lots of different colors. For this taco recipe, I used brown and/or green lentils since they are cheap, easy to find, and work in lots of different recipes.
Lentils taste great, but they are also inexpensive and versatile! Perfect for when you are on a budget and/or feeding a crowd.
Lentils are packed with some serious nutrition like… (source)
- B vitamins
- Pump up the spice. I use a mild salsa to keep these tacos kid-friendly, but buy a medium or hot salsa to add extra spice. Or toss in some chopped jalapeños when these tacos are cooking.
- Veggie-load them! Add some grated carrot, finely chopped spinach, minced mushrooms or diced bell pepper to this taco recipe before cooking and instantly add veggies to dinner!
- Enjoy them outside a tortilla. Use this taco filling as part of a bowl with rice or quinoa, in a taco salad or even in nachos!
- Make these lentil tacos in your Instant Pot. Combine all ingredients, stir and place IP lid on, locking it in place. Cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for your Instant Pot to come up to pressure. Once cooking is done, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes before carefully quick releasing the remaining pressure. Carefully life lid off of your pressure cooker, stir and enjoy.
Other lentil recipes you are going to love
- Instant Pot Lentil Soup (+ slow cooker instructions)
- Mushroom Lentil Pasta
- Easy Lentil Veggie Quesadillas
- Vegan Carrot Muffins (with lentils)
- How to Cook Lentils On The Stove, In A Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
Vegan Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos
- slow cooker
- 1 1/2 cups green or brown dry lentils, picked over and rinsed
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 1/4 cup fresh
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos can sub soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 medium tortillas
- taco toppings
- Combine ingrednetins in your slow cooker. Stir a few times and cover.
- Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 7-8 hours. Each slow cooker cooks a little differently, so exact time will depend on your unique slow cooker or crockpot. Cook until lentils are tender and most of the liquid has cooked off.
- Use a slotted spoon to portion out lentil taco filling into tortillas, over rice, greens or however you opt to enjoy this taco filling. Top with sliced avocado, extra red onion, cilantro or whatever your favorite taco toppings are.
- Let leftovers cool and store in air-tight container in fridge for up to 3 days.