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 two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). 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.

  • Sarah

    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!

    • Stacy

      Hooray!!! :-) Might as well use them all up in a hurry! :-) I always keep lentils on hand because we love them!

  • Stacy

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

  • Stacy

    I hope you love them too!

  • Stacy

    Oh how I LOVE cilantro!

  • Stacy

    Yes they are…and delish.

  • AmandaEspinoza

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

    • Stacy

      Girl – you’re the one churning out recipes over there. :-)

  • Stacy

    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. :-)

  • Stacy

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

  • Sarah @ Nature’s Nurture

    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! :)

    • Stacy

      Crock Pots rock.

  • Alanna

    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!

    • Stacy

      I love feeding my babies beans!

  • Stacy

    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. :-)

  • Stacy

    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!

  • Stacy

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

    • Veronica

      Wow, a lentil dish I actually like (finally)! Made it for dinner tonight, topped with cheese & sour cream :) So good!!

      • Stacy

        Hooray!!!

  • Stacy

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

  • Close To Home

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

    • Stacy

      Taco Tuesday? YUMMY!

  • Stacy

    Thank you, Miz Helen!

  • Stacy

    Yes. Love.

  • Anjanette

    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! http://www.raisingthebarrs.com

    • Stacy

      That. Sounds. AMAZING!

  • Lauren @ Oatmeal With A Fork

    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. :-)

    • Stacy

      Lentils are so good – but I understand the fence riding…my 4 year old is on the same fence.

  • Stacy

    Thank you so much for the feature!

  • Katie@ Nourishing Simplicity

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

    http://nourishingsimplicity.org/2013/07/simple-meals-friday-40.html

    • Stacy

      Hooray!!! Thank you!

  • Mama Mabel

    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.

    • Stacy

      Wow!!! What high praise!