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Crock Pot Lentil Burrito Bowls

Crock Pot Lentil Burrito Bowls

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Y’all have requested more lentil recipes…and I can understand why. Lentils are just stinkin’ delicious…pun intended? Ha, ha! Beans, beans, the magical fruit! The more you eat the more you…uh, yeah. I digress.

I only have two lentil recipes posted on this site: Buttered Lentils and Lentil Vegetable Soup. Those are both delicious. We love beans around here…and if everyone eats them, any negative effects are cancelled. Can I get a witness?!

Plus, beans are cheap. I love cheap things…no, actually I don’t. I don’t love CHEAP things. I love FRUGAL things. Big difference.

Lentil Burrito Bowls

So, it was my goal to make a meat-less taco. Then I decided I would just make them into burrito bowls – because I love Chipotle and anything that reminds me of Chipotle is a winner in my book. You can add a homemade baked tortilla bowl to this recipe if you like…but we just like to eat it on plates like a taco salad/burrito bowl salad.

You can also serve this as a big ole bowl of beans and forget that tacos even exist. It would be super delicious with a piece of steaming hot sourdough bread.

But why would you want to forget that tacos exist? That sounds almost sacrilegious.

Lentil Burrito Bowls

Beans are always a great idea to cut back with your grocery budget. Beans and rice, rice and beans.  If you’re struggling in your grocery budget, try using more beans. They are excellent in replacing some of the ground meat in recipes (if you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, this will only work in E meals).

And now, I could go on and on about beans but I’ll stop – because they are a favorite topic of mine…ever since high school when I got sent to the principal’s office for singing “Beans, beans! Good for your heart! The more you eat, the more you…” Uh, yeah. Beans.

Lentil Burrito Bowls

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. I love anything to do with the crockpot. Plus lentils are so cheap :)

  2. Shannon says:

    This will be on my list soon! Love lentils. I’ve done lentil tacos but didn’t do them in the crockpot. I’ll add a little cilantro to the top. Thanks!

  3. Cynthia Combest says:

    Oh wow! I can tell by this recipe that we will love it. On my way to get my crock pot out right now. Thank you!!

  4. Hannah J says:

    “I love cheap things…no, actually I don’t. I don’t love CHEAP things. I love FRUGAL things. Big difference”

    I love that. My mom says that I’m cheap when it comes to food, I try to use up everything. I quip back that I’m frugal or money savvy. The funny part is that she’s jealous of my grocery bill!

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  5. I just bought a bag of lentils for your “unstuffed pepper stoup” recipe in Crock on. I was wondering what to do with the rest of the bag! I’m going to pin this for next week’s meal plan!

  6. Cheap and frugal are different, but I think I’m some of both. :-)

    • Hannah J says:

      Me too, but not with everything. We cloth diaper my son, and we bought quality brands like bumGenius and charlie banana. We bought secondhand and saved 50% off retail, but I didn’t want to give up quality for price. You know?

  7. I hope you love them too!

  8. Oh how I LOVE cilantro!

  9. Yes they are…and delish.

  10. Okay, I’ve heard of Chipotle’ so the next time I see one(they aren’t in my town), I’m pulling over. Did I learn the wrong lesson on this post? Hehe. I have tons of lentils. I cut hamburger with them in anything I can, ie sloppy joes, chili, etc. What’s not to love? No soaking–fast. Not as fast as Chipotle’ though probably.

  11. AmandaEspinoza says:

    I will be doing this as soon as we can get lentils back in our diet! Great recipe! Thank you :)

  12. Ah, see…that’s when the difference between frugal and cheap comes in. :-) Frugal is buying GOOD quality for the best price you can find. Cheap is just buying the one that costs the least, no matter the quality. :-)

  13. No – that’s totally not the wrong lesson! Go. To. Chipotle.

  14. Sarah @ Nature's Nurture says:

    Yum! We love lentils around here (well, I think it’s safe to say all Arabs do, lol) and I love that I already have everything for this recipe. Oh and I love that it’s made in the crockpot! Definitely putting this on the rotation! Thanks Stacy! :)

  15. Tammie@SimpleHealthyTasty says:

    Are the Lentil soft when done cooking or are they still kind of chewy/crunchy? My experience has been that adding acid like tomatoes or salt before lentils are mostly cooked causes them to have a hard time fully cooking. Do you soak the lentils first?

  16. I did try this today and it turned out great. Mine actually cooked on high for two hours and was more than done! This is perfect for us, because it’s an easy, safe, and high-in-protein food that my 11 month old can feed herself. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. No, I don’t soak the lentils. I soak all other beans except these and Chana Dal.
    They weren’t crunchy at all. I hate crunchy beans. :-)

    • Tammie@SimpleHealthyTasty says:

      Cool, I will have to try give it another try. I like the idea of being able to put it all together and be done and not add the salt and tomatoes later.

  18. Veronica says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been wanting to add more lentils to our diet (since they’re sitting in our pantry…lol) :) If I soak the beans, do you think I should reduce the cooking time?

  19. I’ve always cooked my beans together with tomatoes and not noticed anything…I’ll pay attention next time. :-) But, I don’t like crunchy beans. Yuck!

  20. Probably not – lentils are weird like that. :-)

  21. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats says:

    Love this! I have never tried lentils in place of meat, believe it or not. I have good intentions too. But now, with this recipe, hopefully I will actually do it. :) Pinning and trying later! :) Thanks Stacy!

  22. They are so versatile! I hope you love them too.

  23. Close To Home says:

    thanks for linking up to friday food frenzy. What a great vegeterian option for taco tuesday.

  24. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Stacy,

    We will just love this dish! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  25. Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) says:

    Wow. Love.

  26. Thank you, Miz Helen!

  27. Yes. Love.

  28. This looks delicious, and I love using my crock pot. Especially in the summer. Thanks for linking up at Gluten-Free Wednesdays. I’ll be highlighting your recipe this week.

  29. Anjanette says:

    We love lentils, too! We often cook them in a baking dish with water and spaghetti sauce, then cover them with melted cheese – it’s almost like pasta! And yummy with sourdough!

    Thanks for linking up to Wellness Wednesday! I’ll be featuring you this week at Raising the Barrs!

  30. Lauren @ Oatmeal With A Fork says:

    Yum! I must make these, they sound delicious! My husband is still on the fence about lentils, so maybe this will be the recipe to win him over. :-)

  31. Thank you so much for the feature!

  32. Katie@ Nourishing Simplicity says:

    Stacy these look great! I LOVE crock pot meals! Thanks for sharing these with Simple Meals Friday, we featured this post.

  33. Mama Mabel says:

    I made this for dinner last night. I replaced the fresh onion, tomato & green peppers with a jar of salsa because I had it on hand and I’m frugal like that. 😉 I was in a hurry and didn’t measure the water so the edges dried and burned to the crock pot. Even with all that tampering, it was still good! Served it with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips. My husband said he’d eat it on a taco shell even without the meat. This was my first experiment with lentils. Now I’ll be using them all the time. Thanks for opening a whole new world to me.

  34. Making this for the second time. This time I will put it as a filling for enchiladas. Thank you for the recipe.

  35. Do you think this would go well over baked potatoes? We can’t eat corn or wheat around here so any sort of taco/burrito thing is out. Well, unless I make my own tortillas, but that defeats the easy factor. Peggy/Allergy Free Test Kitchen

  36. Hi Stacy! I’m so curious what the powdery/sparkly topping is in the picture of this meal – it looks like sugar, but it must be something else. What have you used?

  37. Michelle Hilton says:

    A friend suggested this recipe to me. I made it as suggested but I added 1 pound of ground meat (with taco seasoning) to get my fiancee to eat lentils. We made burritos with shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and taco sauce. He loved it and was surprised when I told him that was made with lentils. My 15 month old son LOVES them. I am making him another batch and this time I am going to add some shredded chicken. I would (and have) recommend this to everyone I know! Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

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