Super Easy Taco Bake

Super Easy Taco Bake recipe || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian

Can you believe that Cinco de Mayo is falling on a Monday this year?! I mean seriously, it should always be held on the weekend although I am really unsure how the universe could make that happen for us. All that being said you may find yourself being really responsible next Monday night, maybe you plan on making a home cooked meal to celebrate the holiday after a long day of work. You may be considering whipping up a margarita or two for you and your sweetheart and quite possibly you will top all of that off with a movie on the couch after your kids go to bed. If this sounds like the picture perfect way to spend a Cinco de Mayo that falls on a Monday to you than this super easy taco bake is the recipe you have been waiting for. Super fast, super easy, and super delicious.


As I was scouring the internet for Cinco de Mayo inspiration a few weeks ago I came across a post titled Baked Crunchy Taco Casserole from Heather Likes Food the title alone had my attention, but when I noticed just how easy and doable on a weeknight this meal could be I knew I had to make a veggie-filled version for my family. I mean seriously, this is just brilliant

Super Easy Taco Bake recipe || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian

You all know by now that I love tacos, but if I am being perfectly honest I sort of loathe them too. All of those little topping bowls to wash at the end of the meal gets a little daunting. My family usually requires at least 8-10 taco toppings per taco feast, so you can imagine the cleanup can be pretty substantial. I love how Heather just made an executive decision, stuffed and filled the tacos herself and omitted all of those pesky extra dishes.

Heather’s taco bake calls for ground beef, so I knew immediately my lentil taco filling would be a must for these little beauties.  To make meal prep even easier for yourself on Monday go ahead and cook your lentils over the weekend and store them in the fridge so that they are ready to go when you are and if you want to use the optional roasted poblano cashew cream like I did to drizzle over the top you can whip it up pretty quickly over the weekend too, although if you aren’t opposed to dairy a dollop of sour cream would work just fine too!

Super Easy Taco Bake recipe || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian


Super Easy Taco Bake (Gluten Free)

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x



Taco Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning (Trader Joe’s is gluten free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander

For the lentil taco meat

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked brown or green lentils, drained
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, I use Cholula
  • 1 cup shredded jalapeno jack cheese
  • 12 crunchy taco shells


  • salsa, I used fire roasted but you can use whatever you prefer
  • Shredded Romaine lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • cilantro, chopped
  • avocado, diced
  • roasted pepitas
  • poblano cashew cream
  • sour cream


Make the spice blend

  1. Combine the taco seasoning, oregano, cumin, and coriander in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

Make the taco filling

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Stuff the tacos

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the taco shells standing up in a 11 x 7 x 2-inch pan. Divide the lentil mixture among the taco shells and divide the cheese among the tacos as well. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the taco shells are beginning to brown and the cheese is melted.
  2. Top each taco with salsa, shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, pepitas, and roasted poblano cashew cream or sour cream.
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Hungry for more easy Cinco de Mayo recipes? I have shared a few recipes on Oh My Veggies lately that you might be interested in…

Huevos Rancheros Enchiladas {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Everything you love about huevos rancheros rolled up enchilada-style! Click here to check out my Huevos Rancheros Enchiladas.

Southwestern Veggie Wraps {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Sweet potatoes and smoky black beans make these vegetarian wraps filling and delicious! Click here to check out my Southwestern Veggie Wraps.


  1. Briyin October 10, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Very tasty recipe…but, the only issue is that the corn tortillas don’t hold their form and fall apart from the moisture of the filling. Granted, as dry as I thought mine was, maybe it was still too wet (I don’t think so, though)? This looks really pretty in the pictures on here, but how well did they come out of the pan, I wonder? We still ate and enjoyed ours, of course, but with a fork. Thanks for the delicious post.

    1. Meg October 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      I am so glad you liked the flavor, but bummed hat yours fell apart! Hmmm, I have not had a problem with the crispy corn tortillas becoming too soggy and breaking apart so I think that it probably has something to do with the moisture content in the filling. Usually ours comes right out of the pan. I wonder, how long did yours sit “filled” before they went into the oven? I usually fill and immediately pop into the oven, so I am unsure if that could be an issue or not.

  2. Colleen May 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I made the taco bake tonight and drizzled them with the avocado dipping sauce (and served the whole thing with grilled Mexican-style street corn). These were delicious! I love the lentil filling – I can imagine using it for all kinds of things. Thank you for another great recipe!

    1. Meg May 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Hooray Colleen! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know you enjoyed it.

  3. Jamie George January 18, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    This was delicious! I wonder how well the lentil mixture will freeze? We had extra but won’t be eating it in the next few days.

    1. Meg January 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

      I am so glad you liked it Jamie!! I think that it should freeze fine.

  4. Carol May 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    This recipe looks fabulous! It’s so easy it’s genius – perfect for any Taco Tuesday.

    1. Meg May 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Thanks so much Carol!

  5. Courtney @ The Fig Tree May 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

    This is exactly the kind of recipe I need for a week night. I love tacos, but as you said, the toppings do take a lot of time. I cannot wait to try these out. I’m putting them on my meal plan for Monday. Have a great weekend!

    1. Meg May 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Yay Courtney! I am so glad you are going to give these a try. They are actually back on our meal plan for Monday too. They are just way too easy and delicious!


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