Lentil Taquitos

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These lentil taquitos were easy to make and a hit with the family! You can bake them in the over or use the air fryer.

I was hesitant to add another appliance to our kitchen. We already ditched our toasted about a year ago and I never looked back. However, our dietitian mentioned how helpful it was, especially when trying to cut back oil usage. I figured we’d give it a try and see what we thought!

I must admit, I am seriously impressed with the air fryer. It is so easy to use and cleanup. I’ve been tossing frozen items (like carrot fries and gyoza) in there for a speedy, crispy meal – no preheating necessary! Vegan taquitos were bound to happen, so here was my first shot.

I had a bag of whole green lentils on hand from Trader Joe’s that I wanted to test out. I hadn’t cooked lentils before, but they were surprisingly easy. After a quick browse of my pantry, I found diced green chiles, tomato paste, and some basic spices to jazz up the mix.

Lentil Taquitos Recipe

Lentil Taquitos

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Air Fryer, Vegan, Vegetarian


  • 1 cup whole green lentils cooked according to instructions on package
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • corn tortillas


  • If using oven, preheat to 375F and set out baking sheet. 
  • Rinse lentils in water and drain. Add lentils to large pot with 3 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and lower to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until lentils are softened and most liquid is absorbed. Once cooked, turn heat off.
  • Add tomato paste, green chiles, ground cumin, onion powder, chili powder, sea salt, nutritional yeast. Stir until combined. Set aside.
  • Warm corn tortillas on skillet until soft and pliable. This will help you roll them without breaking. Scoop 2 tbsp worth of lentils into tortilla and roll. Place seam side down in air fryer or baking sheet.
  • IF USING AIR FRYER: Cook at 375F for 5 minutes, check for doneness and continue cooking. I took mine out around 9 minutes so they didn’t get too crispy.
  • IF USING OVEN: Bake at 375F for approximately 10 minutes, check doneness and continue cooking until desired crispness.

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