Wednesday, October 6, 2010
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup salsa (I used Pace Picante)
Taco shells or tortillas
Your favorite taco/burrito toppings (shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, olives, tomatoes etc.)
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, then add the onion. Saute until tender. Add garlic and saute about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the lentils, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook, stirring occasionally, for another minute. Add water; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until lentils are tender. During this time, keep checking to make sure there's enough water to thoroughly cook the lentils. I ended up adding about 1/2 cup of water in the middle of the cooking time.
Once the lentils are tender, remove the lid and cook until the mixture has thickened. Enough water had already evaporated out of mine, that it only took about a minute. Stir in salsa. Serve in taco shells or warm tortillas with desired toppings.
I got my lentils on sale for $0.50/lb and my onions were only $0.16/lb, so for the entire meal, it probably only cost about $0.75 or so. Even if you're not able to get your ingredients that cheap, it still shouldn't cost much more than $1 to make. You can even serve it with rice, which won't add much to your total overall cost!