Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Taco Salad: light and healthy, quick and easy, this vegetarian lentil dish is perfect for Meatless Monday or any day!
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Easy to make crock pot meal
Happy holidays! In these days of too much to do, too much stress, and too much heavy party food, I thought I’d share this healthy time-saving dinner. You can throw all the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning, head out for some holiday shopping, and when you get home, dinner’s ready.
protein and fiber rich vegetarian slow cooker meal
This dish is complete with protein-rich lentils and fiber rich brown rice. In addition, the veggies here are light and tasty.
The chip-ettes (those broken bits at the bottom of the tortilla chip bag) add crunch and fun. I like to serve this with tortillas (flour for my husband and corn for me) on the side so that we can make tacos at the table.
And, of course, avocado makes everything better!
Cooking note on this lentil taco salad
One head’s up on this, the lentils and rice aren’t al dente; they’re a bit on the mashed side. It works well in a taco salad or a taco because it has great flavor and the texture isn’t noticeable, and it’s kind of how I remember the ground beef in a taco salad.
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Taco Salad Recipe
Slow Cooker Lentil Taco Salad
for Lentil mixture
- 1 red pepper coarsely chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 cup brown lentils
- ½ cup brown rice
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- broken tortilla chips or chip-ettes as I like to call them
- shredded lettuce
- chopped tomatoes
- sour cream
- fresh cilantro and parsley leaves
- In a 3 ½ quart slow cooker add all lentil mixture ingredients (red pepper through broth), and mix well. Cover, and cook on low heat setting for 10-12 hours or on high heat setting for 5-6 hours.
- To serve: arrange chip-ettes on dinner plates, and top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes. Spoon lentil mixture over lettuce, and top with sour cream, herbs, and avocados. Serve with tortillas on the side.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
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I haven’t made this in so long…and I forgot about what a healthy, great tasting lunch option it is! Thanks for the reminder…I can’t wait to make this!
This is awesome…. one daughter is vegan, one is vegetarian, and I’m easy – so this is perfect for us! Thanks! (off to find my bag of lentils!)
So good! We tried the recipe and then wrote about it on our blog! http://31daysofaugust.blogspot.com/#!/2012/01/010812slow-cooker-lentil-taco-salads.html Thanks for the great recipe!
Thank you for sharing this at A’lil Country Sugar crock pot party. This looks absolutely delicious!
I just wanted to say thanks for this recipe. We love it, and it can be so hard to find meatless recipes for the slow cooker. Thank you!
Dianna, I know what you mean. I’m always on the lookout for veggie crock pot dishes! And, I love to use my crock pot in the summer because I can plug it in outside and keep all the heat out!
We love the idea of this slow cooker creation but especially your use of lentils! Fantastic!