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Lentil and Refried Bean Taquitos

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Simple three-ingredient Lentil and Refried Bean Taquitos that are protein-packed, vegan, and gluten-free.

Lentil Bean Taquitos 4I thought I had hit the jackpot back in August when I made taquitos with refried beans and hummus.  Don’t get me wrong.  The refried beans and hummus combination is delicious!  But this time I made us all something even better.

Lentil Bean TaquitosA couple of months back, I was eating plain ‘ole taquitos made with refried beans.  They were delicious, but they got me thinking about what else I could use to make tasty taquitos.  When I looked down at the corn tortillas, I was almost instantly reminded of my favorite enchiladas ever from Alexis.  I started wondering how I could combine the delicousness of the enchiladas with the simplicity of the taquitos.  And then it hit me.  Lentils.  Duh!

Lentil Bean Taquitos 2So I did it.  I made three-ingredient taquitos with lentils, and they were the most delicious taquitos I have ever eaten.

Lentil Bean Taquitos 3If you are looking for simplicity in the kitchen, these have your name written all over them.  Even if you “can’t cook,” you can definitely make these!

Lentnil Bean Taquitos 5Lentil and Refried Bean Taquitos
Vegan + Gluten-Free

Makes 12


2 1/2 cups water (or vegetable broth for more flavor <– this is my preference)
1 cup uncooked brown lentils
15 oz can vegetarian refried beans
12 corn tortillas

*You can also use pre-cooked lentils, if desired.


1. Boil water or broth in a medium saucepan.  Once boiling, stir in lentils.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for approximately 40 to 45 minutes, or until the lentils are soft and the liquid is absorbed.  Remove the lentils from the heat and set aside to cool.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

3. Combine cooked and cooled lentils with refried beans in a medium bowl.  Stir to mix well.

4. Heat corn tortillas in the microwave, oven, or on the stovetop until they are soft enough to roll.  This step is important in order to ensure that the taquitos stay together.

5. Spread the lentil and bean filling evenly amongst the 12 corn tortillas.

6. Roll the tortilla shells tightly into the shape of taquitos.  Place seam-side down on a nonstick baking sheet.

7. Bake the taquitos for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through.  If you like your taquitos extra crispy, you will be closer to the 20 minute side of the cooking time.

8. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 5 to 10 minutes.  Trust me, you do not want to bite into these when they are piping hot!  I may or may not have learned this from experience.

Lentil Bean Taquitos 6I served my taquitos with a side of taco-seasoned veggies and dipped everything in salsa verde.

I think I could make and eat these every single week.  I was even craving them for breakfast one of the days.  Heck, I bet these would be delicious early in the a.m.  I need to make that happen.

What is your favorite super-easy dinner idea that you cook often?

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  • Autumn (@Beautifully Gray) April 13, 2015, 8:13 am
    Yum! I will have to try these
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 9:50 am
      I hope you enjoy them, Autumn! Let me know if you do :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 13, 2015, 9:32 am
    YUM! I would top these with some cheese and guacamole and call this one delicious meal! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Weekend SnapshotsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 9:50 am
      Oh yes... you can never EVER go wrong with adding guac!!
      • lindsay April 13, 2015, 2:12 pm
        that's the truth! and i love hearty lentils in there!
        • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 3:19 pm
          Lots of yummy protein, fiber, and good fats! What could be better? :)
  • Leah April 13, 2015, 9:37 am
    Looks great! I agree with Erin, cheese and guac on these, and it would be fantastic! Leah recently posted...Raspberry GimletMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 9:51 am
      You can never go wrong with adding those, right? Guac is definitely a favorite of mine. I'm surprised I did not think to dip these in it when I made them. Next time!
  • Ginny April 13, 2015, 11:42 am
    Yummy and easy, jackpot!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 11:59 am
      You cannot go wrong with either of those, right? It's even better when a recipe is both. It's like two for the price of one ;)
  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors April 13, 2015, 11:58 am
    Yum I haven't had refried beans in awhile, I actually forgot about them!! I'll have to try this! Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted...Flatbread Pizza with HummusMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 12:00 pm
      Sometimes we forget about the simplest, most delicious ingredients. I'm happy to have reminded you ;) Let me know if you give these a try!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 13, 2015, 12:06 pm
    Lovin' the lentils AND the beans!!! So easy and perfect!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 1:22 pm
      They are a super delicious combo, that's for sure!
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks April 13, 2015, 12:29 pm
    I used to LOVE the frozen taquitos from Trader Joe's. I'll have to try this vegetarian version! Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...Crockpot Orange Sesame Chicken with BroccoliMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 1:24 pm
      I honestly thing homemade is better than the frozen ones, so I hope you give these a try! :)
  • Alissa Apel April 13, 2015, 1:16 pm
    More lentils. Yummy! My husband loves corn tortillas. I like the flour ones. They I'm sure are not as healthy though. Alissa Apel recently posted...MakerStudio Propellers Set ReviewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 1:26 pm
      Haha, probably not quite as healthy, but you can't help what you like!! It's important to listen to you body, so I say go for it! I bet you could even make these with flour tortillas, and they would be delicious.
  • Hollyanne April 13, 2015, 2:27 pm
    These look delicious, so easy, and healthy! I think I'll try making a big batch for lunches sometime. Have you tried freezing and/or reheating them?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 3:20 pm
      Good thinking! I have not tried freezing them (probably because I ate them too quickly), but I imagine they would reheat in the oven really well! The microwave might turn them soggy :(
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola April 13, 2015, 2:41 pm
    I *love* taquitos!!! Especially with fresh salsa from harris teeter :) Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola recently posted...How to Build a Smoothie & Weekend RecapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 3:20 pm
      I used jar salsa, but I imgine these would be EVEN BETTER with fresh salsa. Maybe I'll get crazy and make my own this summer... maybe ;)
  • Farrah April 13, 2015, 3:51 pm
    Yay for super simple recipes + any ideas on how to use up the lentils I have hanging out in my pantry! :D These look delicious! Farrah recently posted...Sexual ViolenceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 5:59 pm
      Haha!! I could probably write a whole cookbook with lentil recipes ;)
  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate April 13, 2015, 5:16 pm
    I could eat these every single week, too! Love how easy they are to make, and how they're filled w/ deliciousness!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 6:00 pm
      I'm so glad you agree, Patricia! Sometimes the simplest meals are the most delicious ones :)
  • Jaime April 13, 2015, 5:38 pm
    Are green lentils any different from brown? I have a half bag of green in my cupboard I want to use up. =) And these sound awesome! Jaime recently posted...Feeling Awesome! And Goals for the Week 4/13My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 6:01 pm
      Nope!! Actually "brown" lentils generally look quite green. I just think of green lentils and brown lentils as the same thing. Yours should do the trick!
  • Ashley April 13, 2015, 6:25 pm
    Yay for taquitos! Considering I love all the ingredients ... I think I would love these! :) Hope you had a good monday! Ashley recently posted...No Bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate TartsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 7:41 pm
      I'm quite certain you would! What's not to love, right? :)
  • Olivia Schwab April 13, 2015, 6:37 pm
    This looks great! Love that it's gluten free!! Olivia Schwab recently posted...Letter To My Younger SelfMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 7:41 pm
      You and me both!! Gotta love corn tortillas. It is amazing what you can make GF with them ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien April 13, 2015, 9:20 pm
    Lentils for the win!! Why do they make everythang SO much better. That is the question!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 13, 2015, 10:03 pm
      I don't know why, but I LOVE it!!
  • Sara April 14, 2015, 12:32 am
    These look awesome, my kids love baked taquitos so I can't wait to give your version a try. Pinned! Sara recently posted...Pear CustardMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:40 am
      You have some smart kiddos! I hope they (and you!) enjoy them! Thanks for pinning :)
  • BlocNotes Lifestyle April 14, 2015, 5:19 am
    I love this recipe and your blog!! Barbara
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:46 am
      Thanks Barbara! And thank you for stopping by!
  • jess O'Neill (Meddows) April 14, 2015, 8:12 am
    Ahhhh I've been waiting for you to put this recipe up ever seen I saw you post a photo on your what you ate Wednesday post one day! I love the lentil idea. Much easier for me to source than beans in Chiang Mai, for some weird reason. Now... to try and find tortillas!!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 8:47 am
      Gosh, that would be SO difficult living somewhere that does not have the simplest food products that we have here in the U.S. Good luck to you! I hope you can find them so that you can enjoy the taquito goodness :)
  • Lindsay April 14, 2015, 6:00 pm
    These delicious beauties are in the oven as I type! I added a bit of seasoning to the bean mixture and almost ate it plain before getting them into the tortillas
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 14, 2015, 6:06 pm
      Yay! I hope you love them! I had the same problem with the bean/lentil mixture ;) It's just so darn good all on its own.
  • Kim April 15, 2015, 11:51 am
    I've never tried taquitos out on my family, but this recipe looks like something they'd eat. Kim recently posted...Golden Dragon Acrobats In Omaha + Discount CodeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 15, 2015, 12:32 pm
      I hope you give them a try, Kim! And hey, even if they don't like them you can at least freeze them and keep them all for yourself ;)
  • Adriel April 25, 2015, 11:16 pm
    These sound so tasty. And I love the idea of incorporating lentils, I'm not a huge fan of them, but they're so good for you I make myself eat them from time to time. But this sounds like a really yummy way to add them in!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 26, 2015, 9:25 am
      If you don't love lentils, these taquitos would be a great way to eat them. The taste is completely balanced out with the yummy refried beans!

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