I realize that I’ve shared a “lentil Taco” recipe before; but never have I ever, made some as delicious as the ones I felt I needed to share with you here today. Little changes to my original recipe make all the difference in bringing a little more life to these bad boys!
Served on a soft corn tortilla, with spicy jalapeños, fresh squeezed lime juice and fragrant leeks. I mean come on…… This one takes the gold when it comes to throwing together a quick; and delicious summer themed dinner! And the best part of all, is that this makes for the most delicious workweek lunch the next day! Fill the base of a Tupperware with about one or two cups of shredded lettuce, top with all of the fixings you like (corn, tomatoes, lentils and jalapeños) Add a few lime wedges in there and VOILA tomorrows work lunch, made easy to eat in salad form.
¾ Cups. Dried red lentils
½ Tbsp. Olive oil
2-3 Cloves of garlic, Minced
1 Leek, Sliced
1 Pkg. Taco spice
1 ½ - 1 ¾ Cups. Water
¼ Cup. Corn
½ Cup. Tomato, Diced
½ Cup. Lettuce, shredded
1 Jalapeño, diced *optional
1 Lime, Cut into quarters
1 Pkg. Corn tortillas
Salsa * Optional
In a large skillet set to medium heat add in the olive oil, minced garlic, sliced leeks and red lentils. Keep everything moving for a minute or two until most of the oil is absorbed.
In a measuring cup, mix together one cup of water and the taco spice. Whisk together until there is no more visible powder.
Transfer the spice mix into the skillet; add the remaining water and stir.
Keep the heat on medium-low; let everything simmer together for 8 - 10 minutes or until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed.
If using frozen corn; bring a small pot of water to a boil, add in the frozen corn and let it simmer for 1 – 2 minutes, drain and set aside.
To assemble place a generous scoop of the lentil filling onto a tortilla, top with lettuce, tomatoes, corn, jalapenos and salsa if using.
Serve with a cold margarita (alcohol free of Corse :P) and a slice of fresh lime, squeeze the lime over the tacos right before eating to add the last kick of fresh, happy, flavour.