Vegan Chipotle Lentil Lettuce Tacos
Recipe by Erin McClung
Makes 4 servings - 3 lettuce tacos per serving
12 large romaine lettuce leaves washed & dried
For the lentils:
2 cups cooked french green lentils (or any hearty lentil)
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/2 c onion, chopped
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1/2-1 chipotle in adobo chopped + a little (or a lot!) sauce
water or broth as needed
1/2 C toasted pepitas
To make the pepitas:
In a dry pan over low heat toast the pepitas until they begin to get brown. Remove from pan & set aside.
Cashew Chipotle Queso (adapted from Minimalist Baker- http://minimalistbaker.com/ )
3/4 C cashews (soaked for 2+ hours, or for 20 mins w/ boiling water, you can omit the soaking and the queso will be a little less smooth but still amazing)
1/4-1/2 C water
1.5 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 chipotle in adobo + sauce
To make the Cashew Chipotle Queso:
Put the cashews in a food processor or high speed blender with 1/4 c of water until a paste is formed. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add more water until you achieve the consistency you desire.
To make the lentil meat:
Coat a pan with a little olive oil (or oil of choice) over medium heat. Once oil is heated add onion & sautee for a few minutes until softened. Add jalapenos & sautee for another minute or two. Add the cooked lentils, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, chili powder and salt. Stir to incorporate. Add the tomato paste and chipotle + sauce to the pan. Adding water or broth as needed to fully incorporate the tomato paste. Cook until lentils are warm.
Divide the lentils evenly onto each lettuce leaf. Top with salsa, black olives, cashew chipotle queso, pepitas & any other toppings you desire. Pick up & eat like a taco! Enjoy!
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