Instant Pot Mexican Style Lentils

I love using our Instant Pot for making anything with lentils. The Instant Pot cooks them up quickly and they always taste soft and perfect. I had a craving for tacos and wanted to make a new lentil dish, so I created a lentil taco “meat” and scooped it up and put it in fried shells for dinner. My husband ate the lentils like a chili and scooped them up with tortilla chips, he loved it. He even said he didn’t miss the ground beef he would normally have for tacos!

The recipe makes about 6 servings of bowl of lentils, or if you serve them up in fried shells, you’ll have enough for about 4 shells per person. You can use either chicken or vegetable broth for this recipe, if you use vegetable it will be vegan friendly. You can also use more or less broth in your recipe depending on how thick you’d like it. I wouldn’t use less than 2 1/2 cups of broth though, so that way your lentils have enough liquid to absorb and expand while cooking.

If you’d like to use your stovetop instead of the instant pot, you can definitely make it on there. It will take a little longer to cook, but you would cover your pot on your stove and cook for about 30-45 mins after sautéing the onion and garlic , when adding the ingredients together prior to the pressure cooking step. You would check occasionally by stirring and cooking the lentils until desired tenderness. Happy cooking y’all!

Sauté diced onion in olive oil in Instant Pot on Sauté mode.
Rinse and drain lentils, set aside.
After sautéing for a few mins, add in minced garlic cloves and cook for 1 more minute.
Slice open chipotles and remove some of the seeds. Chop up the chipotles into smaller pieces.
Add in the rest of the ingredients, including chopped chipotles.
Add in broth and stir. Set valve on lid to sealing. Pressure cook on High for 10 mins.
Let pressure release naturally after pressure cooking, for about 15 mins. Release pressure prior to opening lid, then stir and serve!
Strained about 1/4 cup of the lentils and served inside fried taco shells. Yum!

Published by Melissa

A stay at home mom who loves to cook!

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