Lentil Walnut Tacos

These gluten-free and plant-based tacos offer nutrient dense and delicious "meaty" alternative that will be loved by omnivores and vegetarians alike! Plus they are super quick and easy to make!

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Lentil Walnut Tacos

Lentil tacos are an easy gluten-free, plant-based meal perfect for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or anyday!

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These tacos are the perfect easy weekday meal — fresh, delicious and totally satisfying!

They are simply…

gluten-free tortillas filled with

lemony kale

+ an easy and delicious lentil walnut taco filling

+ tomato salsa

+ corn (which I forgot in the video!)

and topped with smashed avocado and sour cream.

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The highlight of these tacos is 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 delicious!

All you need:

Cooked french lentils




chili powder

onion powder

and salt.

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You literally pulse it all together in a food processor and that’s it!

Pro tip: if you love lentil and want a meatier feel, we reserve some of the lentils to stir in after so they are whole and not pulsed.


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.

And this lentil walnut mix is perfect for meal prep! You can make the lentils ahead or the entire mix ahead and it stays well in the refrigerator for several days.

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 about Lentils: 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 gluten-free Lentil Walnut Tacos ….

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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 or pico de gallo, but a fresh salsa is super easy and just tastes so good!

All you need is:

fresh tomatoes

red onion


lime juice

a neutral oil like olive oil or avocado oil

and a touch of salt.

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And mix it all together!

lentil walnut tacos gluten free vegan #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.comThen all you do is assemble your taco!

Using a gluten-free corn or gluten-free flour tortilla, add some lemony massaged kale, then the lentil walnut mix, salsa, corn and top with avocado or guacamole and sour cream.

Together these tacos are so delicious and satisfying!

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Lentil Walnut Tacos

Gluten-free and plant based, these tacos are super quick and easy, hearty and delicious! The lentil walnut filling has a "meaty" feel that will be loved but omnivores as much as vegetarians! Taco filling recipe and inspiration from my friend Corey, The Vegan Six.
Prep Time25 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Servings: 6 -8 tacos
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


Lentil Walnut Taco "Meat"

  • 1 1/2 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. Pro tip on cooking lentils: cook in water or a 50/50 mix of water and vegetable broth for extra flavor.
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/3 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 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup Organic canned or frozen corn

1-2 Avocados, mashed

1/2 cup or more to taste Sour Cream or Cashew yogurt for serving

8-10 Gluten-free Corn or Flour tortillas

cilantro and scallions for garnish, optional


Lentil Walnut Taco "Meat"

  • Add all ingredients, except 1/4 -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.
  • Can be made ahead and served room temperature or heated up a bit -- either way is great!


  • Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl

Lemony Kale

  • Place chopped kale in a large bowl and gently massage with lemon juice


  • Heat tortillas in a microwave (under a damp paper towel works best to make them soft and pliant). Top each tortilla with kale, lentil walnut taco meat, salsa, corn, smashed avocado and sour cream. Garnish with fresh cilantro and or scallions to taste.
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6 thoughts on “Lentil Walnut Tacos

  1. 5 stars
    Have you tried freezing the extra lentil mixture? I’m just wondering how it would turn out.

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