Super easy lentil taco filling made in the Instant Pot.
Quick Instant Pot Lentil Taco Filling
These lentils are super quick in the Instant Pot, but can also be made quite easily on the stove top.
Use pre-made taco seasoning to save time!
Super easy lentil taco filling made in the Instant Pot.
Quick Instant Pot Lentil Taco Filling
These lentils are super quick in the Instant Pot, but can also be made quite easily on the stove top.
Use pre-made taco seasoning to save time!
Servings Prep Time
3cups 5minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
3cups 5minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pick over the lentils and remove any visible debris or foreign objects and quickly rinse and drain. Add them to the Instant Pot with the water. Cover, lock the lid of the pressure cooker, close the vent, and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Let the Instant Pot release steam naturally for 5 minutes and if the Instant Pot is still under pressure, carefully, quick-release the lentils. They should be tender, but still chewy. Transfer the lentils and the remaining liquid to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Press the saute setting on the Instant Pot, and let it get hot. Add the olive oil, onion and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for another minute, stirring frequently to prevent the garlic from burning.
  4. Add the reserved lentils and cooking liquid and stir to incorporate. Add the taco seasoning and stir. If the lentils seem dry, add just enough water to make them saucy, about 1/4-1/2 cup (the taco seasoning contains corn flour, which will thicken the sauce).
  5. Season to taste with salt and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

To save time, prep the onion (and the rest of your salad, if making) while the lentils are cooking.

If you’re making these on the stove-top, just follow the recipe as written but put the water and lentils into a medium saucepan and cook until tender, but firm, about 8-10 minutes. If you have a lot of water left after the lentils are cooked, drain a bit off before mixing with the taco seasoning (you can always add more in if you need it saucier).