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Lentil Tacos Recipe in the Instant Pot

This Lentil Tacos recipe made in the Instant Pot will not only surprise you how amazingly delicious it tastes but you will also love how quick and easy you can make this cheap meatless meal!

Instant Pot Lentil Tacos on a white plate


  1. Rinse lentils and rice in a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Add lentils, water, taco seasoning, diced onion and green chiles into Instant Pot.
  3. Close lid and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release.
  4. Quick release any remaining pressure by manually turning/releasing the venting knob.
  5. Open lid. Fluff lentil taco filling with a fork.
  6. Serve with taco shells and favorite toppings!

Hand holding Instant Pot Lentil Tacos

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You won’t miss the meat

Have you ever wanted to eat more meatless meals that are inexpensive, delicious, with almost no prep and have your family not even miss the meat?

This Instant Pot Lentil Tacos recipe will surprise you. I served these to my Instant Pot 101 class that I was teaching and everyone raved about them.

I admit that they were a little skeptical about the lentils when I first told them what it was but they kept asking for more after they sampled some.

Several classmates took extra home to their families to share.

Instant Pot Vegetarian Lentil Tacos on a white plate

But do vegan tacos taste like lentils?

Nope, the lentils take on the flavor of the taco seasoning and taste more like refried beans than anything else!

Why are Lentils healthy?

Lentils are legumes and contain an incredible 18 grams of protein per cup! They’re high in fiber, an excellent source of folate, low in cholesterol and also high in iron.

Instant Pot Mexican Lentil Tacos on a white plate with salsa in background

Lentils are also inexpensive, making this meatless Mexican meal not only healthy but budget friendly!

Hand holding Instant Pot Lentil & Brown Rice Tacos

Plant Based Meals

So can you get excited about plant based meals? When it comes to Mexican flavor inspired plant based meals, they’re always going to be a hit.

One of my favorite plant based blogs, Minimalist Baker, shares amazing recipes if you’re looking for more plant based meals.

Other recipes to make with Instant Pot Lentil Taco filling

  • Nachos
  • Salads
  • Burritos
  • Burrito/Taco Bowls
  • Quesadillas
  • Taco Joe’s (like Sloppy Joe’s)
  • Taquitos
  • Enchiladas

Instant Pot Lentil Tacos on a white plate

Prepare Taco Shells in Air Fryer

You can buy ready made tacos from the store but I promise homemade ones taste even better. Here’s how I prepare mine in the air fryer.

Lightly spray both side of a corn tortilla with cooking spray. Using the rack that comes with the air fryer, drape the corn tortilla over the rack about two bars wide.

Cook in a preheated air fryer at 350 for 3 minutes. Remove from rack and place on plate to cool. The tortilla will stiffen as it cools.

Air Fryer Taco Shells on rack in Air Fryer

DOn’t forget Lentil Tacos Recipe Toppings

  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado chunks or guacamole
  • Jalapenos
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese or sour cream (or favorite non-dairy versions)

Instant Pot Lentil Tacos with hand holding taco on a white plate with text overlay

More Mexican Inspired Meals:

Instant Pot Costa Vida Pinto Beans

Instant Pot Pinto Beans Cafe Rio_Costa Vida Style

Easy Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Venison Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Quinoa Salsa Chicken Bowl

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Black Bean bowl

Best Instant Pot Black Beans

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Black Bean burrito

Instant Pot Lentil Tacos on a white plate

Instant Pot Lentil Tacos

Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8


Lentil Taco Filling:

  • 16 oz green lentils rinsed
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice rinsed
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic or 3 cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Taco Toppings:

  • 1 package corn taco shells or tortillas
  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Add'l toppings


  • Add lentils, rice, water, green chiles, onion and seasonings into the Instant Pot. Stir well.
  • Close lid and turn knob to sealing position. Pressure cook on HIGH for 20 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release (meaning, leave it alone to rest). Quick release any remaining pressure by manually turning the knob.
  • Open lid and stir, fluffing up the lentil and rice mixture.
  • Prepare tacos by filling with lentil taco mixture. Add favorite taco toppings such as lettuce, salsa, avocados, cheese and sour cream. Serve and enjoy!


Other ways to eat this: Taco Salad, Nachos, Burritos, Quesadilla, Burrito Bowl, Taquitos


Serving: 1grams

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    1. It definitely can be doubled in the 8QT size however I have not tried to double in the 6QT yet. Good rule of thumb when cooking foods that double in size (like rice/lentils), is to not fill the pot more than 1/2 full before cooking so that it has plenty of room to expand. For foods that don’t double in size when cooking, the 2/3 full rule works too. Hope that helps!

  1. Sounds like a very handy recipe. But what else could I use instead of green chilies? I detest the taste of them. Or can I just leave them out?

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