Lentil picadillo tacos (with video)

Picadillo is a classic Mexican dish; every household has its version of it, this lentil picadillo is my version, my home’s version. This post is sponsored by Brandless. The recipe, pictures, and opinions are all mine.

This lentil picadillo is the type of recipe that makes me and my family feel at home. Picadillo is a classic dish in Mexico, and it is the type of dish that every family has its recipe.  You know, the kind of recipes that are passed through generation from generation. I grew up eating picadillo cooked in tomato sauce, but at my friend’s house, it was without tomato.

There are homes where they do not add any vegetables and in others like in mine… vegetables are a must.  This is my version of picadillo, it is vegan lentil picadillo, and it is the recipe that I want to pass over to my kids and future generations.

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So here is the recipe for these

lentil picadillo tacos

and I hope you like them as much as we do. This recipe is an authentic Mexican filled with delicious and comforting flavors. Serve it with brown or white rice, in flour or corn tortillas, make this recipe yours. But if you make it, take a picture of it and post it on Instagram with @piloncilloyvainilla. I love to see all your creations!

lentil picadillo tacos
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Lentil picadillo tacos

Picadillo is a classic Mexican dish; every household has its version of it, this lentil picadillo is my vegan version, my home's version.
15 mins
20 mins
35 mins
6 people
Calories: 366kcal


  • 1 tablespoon neutral tasting oil
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce or puree
  • 8 oz vegetable broth
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped fine
  • 1-2 potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 in pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 dried bay leave
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • *optional 1 cup water

To serve:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado sliced and peeled
  • chunky salsa


  • Sauté the garlic and onion in the vegetable oil for three minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add the lentils, the tomato sauce, the vegetable broth, the vegetables, the thyme, marjoram, bay leaf, and salt.
  • *add an extra cup of water if it is to dry
  • Cover and let it cook for 20 min or until the lentils are cooked.
  • Heat the corn tortillas and add two or three tablespoons of the picadillo on the tortilla.
  • To finish each taco, add a slice of avocado and some salsa.



Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 985mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3811IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican vegan
Keyword: Vegan mexican tacos
Author: Piloncillo&Vainilla
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Enriqueta Lemoine

5 stars
I’m a lentil person, so this goes to my bucket list!