Lentil Walnut Taco Bowl

This gluten-free and plant-based taco bowl offers a nutrient dense and delicous "meaty" alternative that will be loved by omnivores and vegetarians alike! Plus it is super quick and easy to make!

gluten-free lentil walnut taco bowl
Lentil Walnut Taco Bowl

Easy, Delicious and Satisfying!

Make-your-own Taco Bowl night is always a weekday win!

It’s totally adaptable to individual tastes so everyone’s happy!

While the boys opt for taco seasoned meat, my husband and I are obsessed with this Lentil Walnut Taco filling recipe from my friend Corey at The Vegan Six.

So this Taco Bowl is essentially my Lentil Walnut Tacos in a bowl with chips instead of taco tortillas– fresh, delicious and totally satisfying and it couldn’t be easier!

All you need is your favorite gluten-free tortilla chips or tortillas, lemony kale, fresh salsa (you will want to make extra to eat straight up with chips!), corn, guacamole, sour cream and an easy and delicious lentil walnut taco filling.

As I mentioned the highlight here is the lentil walnut filling which is like a vegan taco “meat”.

It is essentially two ingredients (lentils and walnuts) + some spices mixed up in the food processor. Together, the walnuts mixed with the lentils give it a “meaty” feel which will be loved by omnivores and vegetarians alike.

Plus it is nutrient dense and so yummy!

All you need: Cooked french lentils, walnuts, cumin, oregano, chili powder, onion powder and salt.

You literally pulse it all together in a food processor and that’s it! The filling makes enough for 4-6 servings but since it’s usually just me and my husband enjoying them, we have extra which keeps well in the refrigerator.

Recipe for the Lentil Walnut filling is from my friend Corey at The Vegan Six.  I get so many simple and delicious plant based ideas from Corey and I’m super excited that Corey let me share her lentil taco filling recipe with you.  If you’re looking for more whole foods, plant-based recipes (mostly gluten free or easily adapted), definitely check out Corey!

NOTE to Celiac Friends: Gluten-Free Watchdog has recently done more testing on lentils and cross contamination continues to be a potential issue.  So WASH LENTILS BEFORE COOKING and pick through them or errant wheat and barley.  For more, click here for the Gluten-Free Watchdog post.

Back to the taco bowl…

Other than the lentil walnut filling, all you need is some kale (massaged with lemon juice for some extra flavor, some canned or frozen corn, fresh avocado or guacamole, and a quick an easy salsa.

You could always use a prepared salsa but a fresh salsa is super easy and just tastes so good!

All you need is fresh tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, a neutral oil like olive oil or avocado oil and a touch of salt.

Together this taco bowl is so delicious and satisfying!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

Scroll down for recipe and leave a comment if you try.


Lentil Walnut Taco Bowl
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Hearty and delicious, this grain-free, plant based taco bowl makes for a super quick and easy dinner. Taco filling recipe from my friend Corey, The Vegan Six.
Recipe type: Dinner, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 3-4 bowls
Lentil Walnut Taco "Meat"
  • 1½ cups cooked French lentils (French lentils will give a heartier texture. Regular lentils will create a texture more like a lentil spread) NOTE: celiac friends, make sure lentils are labeled gluten-free, rinsed and picked through. See comments about lentils and cross contamination above.
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • 1½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • ⅓ cup red onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or neutral oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Lemony Kale
  • 3 large leaves curly kale, coarsely chopped (approximately 1½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup Organic canned or frozen corn
1-2 Avocados, mashed
½ cup or more to taste Sour Cream or Cashew yogurt for serving
Gluten-free Corn Chips
cilantro and scallions for garnish, optional
Lentil Walnut Taco "Meat"
  1. Add all ingredients, except ¼ -1/2 cup lentils, to a food processor and pulse 6-7x until taco "meat" texture forms. Place in a bowl and mix with reserved lentils. Note: We love whole lentils but feel free to pulse the lentils in the food processor if you want more of a meaty texture.
  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl
Lemony Kale
  1. Place chopped kale in a large bowl and gently massage with lemon juice
  1. In each bowl, place some of each: lemony kale, lentil walnut taco meat, salsa, corn, smashed avocado, sour cream and corn chips. Garnish with fresh cilantro and or scallions to taste.


gluten-free lentil walnut taco bowl

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