Lentil Tacos in the Pressure Cooker

My husband requested tacos for dinner this week. I had seen a lot of recipes for lentil taco “meat” while browsing vegan recipes but I had never tried one before. He told me that the tacos were his idea but the filling decision was up to me, so I decided to go for it. I used a whole bag of dried lentils and we ended up having enough for the two of us and our toddler to have this for dinner 3 nights in a row! The first night my husband had 6 tacos, so I think they were a hit!

Here is the recipe:

Lentil Tacos in the Pressure Cooker


  • 1-2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. dried lentils
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 6 cups water
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Optional toppings: sautéed veggies (we used corn, butternut squash, and white mushrooms), avocado, guacamole, more salsa or diced tomatoes, lettuce, vegan cheese and/or sour cream


  1. Set the Instant Pot or pressure cooker to sauté mode. Add the olive oil and when it is heated, sauté the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.
  2. Turn off the pressure cooker. Stir in the lentils, salsa, and water or broth.
  3. Close the lid and turn the vent to sealing. Use the manual pressure cooker mode and set the timer for 15 minutes. If you are using sautéed veggies as a topping, you may want to cook them now while the lentils are cooking.
  4. When the 15 minutes is over, place a towel over the vent and turn to “venting” for a quick release of the pressure.
  5. When all of the pressure is released, open the lid and stir. If there is still some liquid, the lentils will absorb it.
  6. Place the lentil mixture in a tortilla of your choice, add toppings, and enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Lentil Tacos in the Pressure Cooker”

  1. This is a great meal to take to work. I’ve found that on busy days I can have this for a quick, easy and filling lunch to get me through the day.

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