Mock Taco Meat
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup dried lentils, picked through for rocks, and rinsed
a lot of taco seasoning (I have a large container and would guestimate that we use...1/4-1/3 cup?)
2 and 1/2 cups veggie broth + more if necessary
Saute onions and garlic in oil till soft. Add lentils and seasoning and cook 1 minute more. Add veggie broth and deglaze the pan. Bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until lentils are tender 25-30 min. (Whit has told me that hers always take longer than that to cook- and I always end up using more broth than the recipe calls for)
These babies can be used as a substitute anywhere that you would normally use ground beef taco meat. For instance: taco salad or just plain old crisp tacos.
In the Burton family's opinion you cannot eat these taco lentils without sliced olives... just wouldn't be as good. Other than that we just do whatever. No recipe necessary to tell you how to make typical taco salad or tacos I'm pretty sure.
This is one of my only recipes that Corey requests on a regular basis. He told me that he genuinely prefers the taste of it to ground beef taco meat. Glory Hallelujah!