Smoky Lentil Taquitos & Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce

 Smoky Lentil Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe { @beardandbonnet }

Smoky Lentil Taquitos….I’m not really sure we need to discuss much further – you should just take my word and make them! Their flavor is intense, delicious and on point for a flavorful fiesta! 

Smoky Lentil Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe { @beardandbonnet }

Taquitos are one of my favorite dishes. Ever! But if you have been frequenting Beard & Bonnet for a while now than you already know that. I love the rhythmic process of stuffing and rolling them, the pop and fizzle of the hot oil as they hit the pan, and of course I love to dunk them in a sultry sauce and eat them. 

Smoky Lentil Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe { @beardandbonnet }

I dream up new taquito fillings quite frequently; I write them downw and I save them for special occasions like Cinco de Mayo. In a perfect world I would be able to eat taquitos every day of the week, but thankfully my self control is strong and I resist. I have literally been obsessing about making these for weeks now – the filling is from my Super Easy Taco Bake recipe and I knew as soon as I tasted it the first time that at some point it would have it’s turn to stuff a taquito. The lentils are smoky, spicy, and dare I say “meaty”? Which just means that the even your meatiest of meat lovers will be coming back for seconds of these veggie based taquitos.

Smoky Lentil Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe { @beardandbonnet }

If you are as big a fan of taquitos as I am, then you should totally check out our other taquito recipes:

Smoky Lentil Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe { @beardandbonnet }


Smoky Lentil Taquitos

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a main and 8 as an appetizer 1x


  • 2 teaspoons gluten free taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • For the lentil taco meat
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • 2½ cups cooked brown lentils, drained
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, I use Cholula
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 1214 white corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded jalapeno jack cheese or vegan jack cheese
  • peanut, grapeseed, or canola oil for frying
  • Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce, recipe follows


  1. Combine the taco seasoning, oregano, cumin, and coriander in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. Fill a cup with water and place next to the stove to add to the pan as you cook. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Saute the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt for about 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the spice blend and toss for 30 seconds to toast the spices.
  3. Lower the heat to medium, and add the lentils along with a few splashes of water, the tomato paste, and hot sauce. Use the back of a wooden spoon, a spatula, or a fork to mash the lentils as they cook until they hold together. Continue mashing and stirring the lentil mixture for approximately 5 minutes, adding small splashes of water as necessary when the lentils look like they are drying out.
  4. In a large heavy skillet, heat 1/2-inch of oil over medium heat. Working with one tortilla at a time, rub the fleshy side of half of a lime over the tortilla then spread 1 heaping tablespoon of the smokey lentils along one side of the tortilla and lightly sprinkle with cheese. Gently roll the tortilla tightly beginning on the side with the filling. Use a toothpick to secure the taquito so it doesn’t unroll while cooking. (Corn tortillas have a tendency to dry out quickly and split, so I rolled 4 taquitos then placed them in the hot pan and rolled 4 more while the others were cooking until they were all finished.)
  5. Place the prepared taquitos seam side down in the hot oil and cook, rotating with tongs, until they are golden brown and crispy on all sides, approximately 3-4 minutes per batch. Once cooked through remove the cooked taquitos to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain and cool slightly. Continue to cook the rest of the taquitos in batches, adding more oil as needed. Remove the toothpicks after you have fried them and serve with Avocado & Cilantro Dipping Sauce..


Corn tortillas will often tear if they’re not warmed before you roll them. To heat them up, simply wrap them in a damp paper towel and heat them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds at a time until they’re pliable.

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 Smoky Lentil Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe { @beardandbonnet }


Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 8 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups 1x


  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced shallots
  • ⅓ cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, drained and rinsed.
  • ½ of 1 large avocado, pitted and peeled
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup water or more if needed to thin out the dressing


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and process on high, until smooth and creamy. Add more water until you have reached the consistency of a creamy dressing. Tweak flavors with salt, pepper, and more lime if you want. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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  1. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas April 30, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Can I use puy lentils in place of the brown lentils, or is the added starchiness of the brown needed for this recipe?

    Have just discovered taquitos & love them so glad to have another recipe for my repertoire. Thanks.

    1. Meg May 1, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Hey Tania! I have never used Puy Lentils for this or for my lentil taco filling, so I am unsure. The brown or green lentils break down nicely with the help of a fork or the back of a spoon making a really thick filling for the taquitos.

      1. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas May 4, 2015 at 1:46 am

        Thanks Meg. Can I just check, when you say green lentils, do you mean the little French ones? Or a larger green lentil? It gets hard when we all call things by different names 🙂

        1. Meg May 4, 2015 at 7:16 am

          No worries Tania, I totally agree it canget confusing. The larger green lentils 🙂 I primarily use brown lentils just because that is what we normally have on hand.

          1. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas May 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

            That’s what I thought you meant. Thanks Meg. Funny I don’t remember seeing the larger green lentils here at all. Maybe I haven’t looked hard enough 🙂 I mostly use Puy lentils but I have some brown ones lurking in the cupboard so will use those. If I try them with the Puy lentils I will let you know. Thanks again for your help.

    1. Meg May 1, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Thank you Katrina!

  2. Melissa May 6, 2015 at 9:04 am

    We had these last night as just tacos and they were amazing! By far the best veggie taco meat we’ve tried so far. And the sauce!! I put it on my lunch today and have a feeling I’ll be putting it on everything until we run out. We can’t wait to try the filling as actual taquitos when it’s not a weeknight. Thanks for a terrific couple of recipes!

    1. Meg May 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Hooray! I am so glad you and your family liked it Melissa. I use this same filling in my Super Easy Taco Bake on weeknights. I am obsessed with the sauce too – it is good on just about anything!

  3. Cindy May 18, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Fantastic recipe! Thank YOU!!!!

    1. Meg May 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Cindy!

  4. Stephanie Kershisnik May 19, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I wanted to ask in your picture of the full meal: It looks like you have grilled corn and another dish I can’t discern. Are those breaded jalapenos with a sauce? I am thinking of more components to compliment this dish. And whatever those pink drinks are…. Perhaps I could serve this with sangria. Great photo and delicious recipe!

  5. Sarah | Well and Full August 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

    These look so yummy! It’s so hard finding vegan taquitos at Mexican restaurants so I really appreciate this version 🙂

    1. Meg August 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

      I am SO glad you like these Sarah! They are one of my all time favorite dishes 🙂


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