Crock Pot Lentil & Quinoa Tacos and Vegetarian Taco Salad (2 for 1!)

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Crock Pot Lentil & Quinoa Tacos and Vegetarian Taco Salad (2 for 1!)

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I’m transforming my best Crock Pot Lentil Taco recipe into a spectacular leftover lunch!  This 2 for 1 recipe will have you loving the mid-day meal again.

Crock Pot Lentil Taco Recipe- Lentil Quinoa Tacos are a perfect vegetarian taco

Hi friends!

I hope you have been having a glorious week.

In my previous life I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches by myself at my desk in a cold studio.  Now don’t get me wrong… I love a PB&J but it got old after awhile.  Even though I had to be in the studio for long hours during during meal times, I actually wasn’t supposed to have food in there at all.  I did the best I could with something that wasn’t that noticeable.

One of things I have really enjoyed since leaving WLOS is a real lunch.  Being able to reheat and enjoy a lunch is actually something I look forward to.  This may sound dramatic, but it makes me feel so much more alive.  I am not a fan of eating at my desk or on the go!  I believe you should eat with intention.

I’ve recently even been experimenting with using my dinner leftovers and transforming them into something new for lunch.

I call it a 2 for 1 deal.

The other day I made my lentil taco recipe in the Crock Pot.

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The filling is hearty, and full of flavor.  Not to mention it is packed with plenty of plant based protein, making it a great vegetarian taco meat substitute.

The recipe makes a lot of filling, so I packed up the leftovers in my Reynolds™ heat & eat disposable containers.

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I bought Reynolds™ heat & eat containers because they are ideal for re-heating leftovers in the microwave and are a safe alternative to plastic containers.  They are a fibrous, paper-like material that is easily recycled.

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I found them at Target in the food storage isle near the foil and wraps.

Reynolds Heat and Eat Containers near the foil in Target!

For lunch the next afternoon, I pulled my flavorful lentil taco filling out of the fridge and popped it in microwave.

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Since I like making lunch the next day different, I made a taco salad and used my vegetarian lentil taco recipe filling as the “meat!”  It turned out amazing.

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It was so pretty outside, that I enjoyed eating my lunch in the sun at my own personal break room.

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Best yet, I felt good about tossing the Reynolds™ heat & eat disposable containers!  They are inexpensive and so easy to use. I’ll be keeping plenty of them on hand through the holidays to send food home with my guests.

Lunch is so much better these days!  Enjoy!

Crock Pot Lentil Taco Recipe- Lentil Quinoa Tacos area meaty, hearty, plant based, tasty vegetarian taco / Running in a Skirt

Crock Pot Lentil Taco Recipe

Julie Wunder
My Crock Pot Lentil and Quinoa Taco recipe is meaty, healthy and tasty!
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Taco fixings: Taco shells, avocado, cheese, salsa, cilantro.


  • Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on high 4 hours or low 7-8 hours until lentils are tender. Stir occasionally.
  • Serve with taco shells, avocado, cheese (omit easily if vegan,) salsa and cilantro.
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Crock Pot Lentil Taco Recipe- Lentil Quinoa Tacos area meaty, hearty, plant based, tasty vegetarian taco / Running in a Skirt

Vegetarian Taco Salad with Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Filling

Transform my Lentil Taco recipe into a fresh and easy lunch!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 serving


  • 3 cups fresh greens
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomato
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Taco filling
  • 1/2 cup salsa, use as dressing
  • 1 handful of your favorite tortilla chips
  • fresh cilantro to taste


  • Heat the Crcok Pot Lentil Quinao Taco filling in the Reynoldsโ„ข heat & eat disposable containers in the microwave until warm.
  • Assemble salad and serve the taco filling on top.
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By | 2018-06-28T13:20:32-04:00 October 29th, 2015|All Vegetarian, Crock Pot Meals, Food, Lunch, Vegetarian Meals|73 Comments


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  6. Chef Devaux December 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    How I love Mexican food. What a great idea this taco recipe. Thanks a lot.

  7. Shasta November 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    I am loving these leftover lunch ideas! My husband should write you a thank you note! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #client

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets November 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    This looks really good! I’ve got lentils and I had no idea what to do with them – this looks like a really tasty recipe!

  9. Nicole @ Fitful Focus November 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    These tacos look amazing and I’ve never seen those recyclable containers! Very cool.

    • JulieWunder November 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Yeah– I really thought they were pretty awesome! I love having them around.

  10. dixya | food, pleasure, and health November 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    i love lentils in general and this is such a wonderful way to enjoy them.

  11. Miz Helen November 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    We will just love your Veggie Taco’s! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. jill conyers November 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    This looks like a dish I would love. Both of them! I plan menus around having multiple meals with one recipe. Works great during the week.

  13. Rachel November 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Yum! We love Taco Tuesday. Maybe I’ll swap your recipe for our usual refried beans version. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking up!

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      I do black beans a lot so it’s a nice change of pace!

  14. Farrah November 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Yay! I still have a whole bunch of lentils that I need to use up, so this is perfect (+ I adore crockpot recipes :] )! Can’t wait to have a kitchen again so I can try this out!

  15. Debbie Denny November 1, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Oh that looks yummy. Perfect meal for me. Love the taco idea.

  16. Farrah October 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’m trying to get more lentils in my diet, so this is a great meal for me to try. I love it even more that it’s in a crock pot!

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      I’m a fan of anything made in the Crock Pot!

  17. Liz Mays October 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Oh this would be perfect for me. I’d love to have a vegetarian option for myself when the rest of my family is eating meat.

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Liz! My meat eating hubby enjoyed it too ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Susanna @Zealous Mom October 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Yummy! Yummy! These look delish. I need to make these for my sister who is a vegetarian. She would love so many of your recipes.

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Susanna! This one is so great and the Hubs even ate and enjoyed it!

  19. Ourfamilyworld October 30, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

    That is healthy and delicious! I’m always looking for meatless recipes. Thanks for this.

  20. Aeryn Lynne October 30, 2015 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Oh man, I am totally going to have to try the Crock Pot Lentil Taco Recipe over the weekend!! That sounds amazing, and would make my husband laugh as he knows I’m not the biggest fan of cooking with Lentils (I’m just not patient enough, unless a crock pot is involved, lol.)

    I *need* to find those Reynolds heat and eat containers, they look exactly like what I need here!

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Crock Pot totally solves your problem– doesn’t get more set it and forget it than this! The Reynolds containers are kind of genius actually!

  21. Chastity October 29, 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    I have never cooked lentils, but will have to soon. These tacos look awesome!

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Thanks Castity! They are really easy and quicker than a lot of beans.

  22. harriet October 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    That is such a great idea. I am going to check those out!

  23. Runaway Bridal Planner October 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Next to pizza, Mexican food is my favorite! I have taco’s at least once every couple of weeks, I am going to have to pin this to use next time I make them:)

  24. Jody @ Mommy Moment October 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I love that these seem easy to make. Great to make in a hurry and they look healthy too.

  25. Lisa Jacqueline Lewis October 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Who doesn’t love a healthy taco! What a great idea, I never thought of using lentils, and my crock pot!

  26. Beverley @ sweaty&fit October 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    The words “lentil”, “quinoa” and most especially “TACO” had me hooked! Also love all the different spices in this recipe. Sounds like a party in my mouth!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      I totally agree! It’s so many good things in the same Crock Pot!

  27. [email protected] October 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Those containers sound like a brilliant idea! I always feel so guilty sending John food for lunch that has to be reheated in a plastic container (he doesn’t like taking the glass ones).
    And this vegetarian taco filling sounds amazing! I love the mixture of lentils and quinoa!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      These are perfect for you then! I’m stocking up for the holidays!

  28. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free October 29, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    What a delicious recipe idea! I’ve never tried tacos with lentils. Pretty cool that the containers can be microwaved, too – I’l have to look for them.

  29. Dani @ Dani California Cooks October 29, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Sometimes I see people eating standing up and it makes me so sad! Take at least 15 minutes to enjoy your lunch!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Exactly!!! I HATE standing and eating… it’s one of my pet peeves! Food is meant to be enjoyed!

  30. Rachel @ October 29, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Yum!! This recipe looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. [email protected] October 29, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Sounds tasty. I used to be so boring when I packed my lunches for work too. I never cook with lentils.

  32. Jess @hellotofit October 29, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    PB&J’s are awesome, but you’re totally right – they get boring after a while! I love the idea of using lentils as taco filling. Must try!

  33. Catherine @ foodiecology October 29, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Ooh, yum! I’m trying to incorporate more Crockpot meals into my week and get more creative with leftovers (I usually bring leftovers to work for lunch), so this is *perfect* for something new. Now to convince the hubs that veggie tacos are as good as the meat-filled kind… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Haha! I had that battle too! I served them all fixed up and pretty and didn’t tell him what was in it… he told me he liked them BEFORE I told him what was in it. #winning If I told him lentils and quinoa up front it would have not gone as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Sam @ PancakeWarriors October 29, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

    You had me at lentils and quinoa. But. 2 for 1!!! Yassss! These are my kind of meals. I’m always repurposing food and this looks epic! And the slow cooker makes me insanely happy. Definitely checking out those reheat containers. Love they are paper!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      I know– I bust out the Crock Pot and I smile ๐Ÿ™‚ These containers are so easy to use and a nice alternative to classic plastic ones!

  35. Edith Bryson October 29, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I love RUNNING IN A SKIRT and enjoy reading your posts. They are informative, funny, interesting, and friendly. I have never heard of these alternative heat and eat containers and will get a couple of packs this weekend. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. Look forward to your next post. /Edith

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Edith! I am so glad you enjoy my blog– thank you for taking the time to read it and comment today. It means so much to me. The containers are awesome– my new favorite!

  36. Amanda - RunToTheFinish October 29, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I have a huge bag of lentils waiting to be cooked and you just saved them!!! the crockpot makes my life so much easeir

  37. Annmarie October 29, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

    YUM! I would have never thought to make tacos with lentils…black beans maybe but not lentils (idk why). Looks delicious!!!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annmarie! Just trying to think outside of the box ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Yum looks like my kind of lunch for sure!

  39. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) October 29, 2015 at 7:41 am - Reply

    We love Mexican food in our house. Tacos are one of our favorites! Yours sound awesome!

  40. Blane Sherer October 29, 2015 at 5:13 am - Reply

    I do enjoy leftovers as they are and with a different twist to them as well.
    It is interesting to see how one can come to appreciate something.
    In this case for you : a real lunch.

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