Luscious Vegetarian Tacos

By Betsy K. and Ellyn L. from Quaker Valley Middle School, Sewickley, PA.


You’ll get a protein punch in a fistful of flavor with these main dish vegetarian tacos. The appeal here is simple: it's familiar, healthy, inexpensive and tasty —all without a smidge of meat. Topped with a sprinkle of lettuce, cheese and tomato, even die-hard meat lovers will look forward to “Taco Day.”

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 each

From Fat17.19%
From Saturated Fat4.83%
From Sugar1.5%


Ingredient 6 servings 50 servings
Olive Oil1/2 tbsp4 1/2 tsp
Chopped Onion1/2 cup4 1/2 cup
Chopped Garlic2 cloves25 cloves
Lentils1/2 cup4 1/2 cups
Chili Powder1/2 tsp4 tsp
Oregano, ground1/2 tsp4 tsp
Cumin, ground1/2 tsp4 tsp
Vegetable broth or water1 1/4 cup10 3/4 cups


Follow proper handwashing procedures as indicated below:

Wet hands and forearms with warm, running water at least 100 degrees F and apply soap. Scrub lathered hands and forearms, under fingernails, and between fingers for at least 10-15 seconds. Rinse thoroughly under warm running water for 5-10 seconds. Dry hands and forearms thoroughly with single- use paper towels. Turn off water using paper towels. Use paper towel to open door when exiting the restroom.

To Prepare:

Cook onions and garlic in olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the lentils and taco seasoning, cook for 2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth or water, bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are soften.