Slow Cooker Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling from Vegan Slow Cooking for Two by Kathy Hester

I received my first slow cooker as a gift a few years ago and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. But then a friend recommended Kathy Hester‘s cookbook The Vegan Slow Cooker and things changed. I was making dinner and breakfast, cooking beans, and even serving warm drinks at parties out of my little slow cooker. Kathy just released her new book Vegan Slow Cooking for Two, and I have a chance for you to win her book at the bottom of this post. I’m honored to be hosting Kathy on her blog tour today. She’s here with Slow Cooker Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling. Enjoy! 

 

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Slow Cooker Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling from Vegan Slow Cooking for Two by Kathy Hester
soy-free, gluten-free, oil-free

This recipe uses a 1 1/2- to 2-quart slow cooker (like all the recipes in Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just You)

  • 1/4 cup (48 g) brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) beluga lentils or brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup (43 g) quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups (475 ml) water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 soft or hard corn taco shells (use gluten-free shells to make this gluten-free and use fat free soft taco shells to keep it oil-free)

Add all the ingredients except the salt, pepper, and taco shells to the 1 1/2- to 2-quart slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Before serving, add salt and pepper. Taste and adjust any of the seasonings as needed.

Serve in taco shells with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, or any of your other favorite taco toppings.

per ½-cup (100 g) serving (without taco shell): 49.3 calories; 0.5 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 2.6 g protein; 8.8 g carbohydrate; 1.8 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol

yield: about 6 tacos
prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 7 to 9 hours

 

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The contest is over. Congratulations, Ben! I’m giving away a copy of Kathy’s book Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just For You this week. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite slow cooker meal is. To increase your chances of winning, in addition to leaving your initial comment, you can do any or all of the following, and leave a separate comment here for each that you do:

  1. Follow me on Facebook
  2. Follow me on Twitter
  3. Follow me on Pinterest
  4. Follow Kathy on Pinterest
  5. Follow Kathy on Facebook
  6. Follow Kathy on Twitter

A winners will be chosen at random. Contest ends on Sunday, September 22nd at midnight, EST. US residents only please. Good luck!

 

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69 Responses to “Slow Cooker Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling from Vegan Slow Cooking for Two by Kathy Hester”

  1. […] is a powerhouse. Not only does she blog at Veggie Girl she is now the owner/editor of Chic Vegan. She also does marketing and design at Vegan Heritage […]

  2. I love making a breakfast casserole in my slow cooker but also would love a vegan chili recipe to try! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  8. Anne Wolka says:

    Vegan chili

  9. Ben says:

    My favorite slow-cooker meal is actually cooking whole oats for breakfast. I put them in at night, set it on low, and then when I get up in the morning, I have oats for the next 3-4 days for breakfast. So easy.

  10. I now follow Kathy on Pinterest

  11. Ben says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  12. Ben says:

    I follow Kathy on Twitter

  13. tonya says:

    I’m really excited for the recipes in this book. I’ve seen several on other food blogs and they all look delicious!

  14. tonya says:

    I follow you on FB!

  15. tonya says:

    I follow the Slow cooker book for two on FB TOO!

  16. sue says:

    I love making vegan chili in my crock pot!

  17. sue says:

    I follow you on facebook

  18. sue says:

    I follow Kathy on facebook

  19. Melissa says:

    I don’t have a slow cooker success story… yet. I bought a small cooker thinking I’d create delicious overnight oatmeal and awoke to a bucket of paste the next morning. I’d love to get my hands on a cookbook that might help me avoid similar disasters. ;)

  20. Maria Tadic says:

    My all time favorite slow cooker meal is split pea soup! I love coming home to a big bowl of warm soup – especially in the colder seasons!

  21. Maria Tadic says:

    I follow you on facebook!

  22. Maria Tadic says:

    I’m also following on twitter!

  23. Naomi says:

    sweet potato jalapeno soup!

  24. Maria Tadic says:

    Also following you on Pintrest!

  25. Frances says:

    I am following you on Facebook!

  26. Frances says:

    I now follow Kathy on Facebook

  27. Sara says:

    My fave is veggie chili!

  28. Amanda says:

    I just like rice and beans? But that’s why I need more recipes!

  29. Amanda says:

    I also follow you on Facebook

  30. Heather says:

    I liked you on Fb!

  31. charj says:

    My favorite slow cooker meal is vegan chili

  32. sheree says:

    I have this in my slow cooker right now. The house smells amazing!!!

  33. erin says:

    Moroccan Vegetable Tagine is my favorite thing to make in my slow cooker…so far!

  34. Beverly says:

    Love making vegetable barley soup in my slow cooker.

  35. Tobi says:

    Pumpkin and sweet potato soup

  36. This is the first recipe that has made me want a slow cooker. YUM :)

  37. Elizabeth says:

    This lentil quinoa taco filling just became my favorite slow cooker recipe!

  38. Natalie says:

    Vegan chicken-n-dumplings

  39. Elizabeth says:

    I love to make red beans and rice in the crockpot. I also follow you and Kathy on facebook.

  40. Lola says:

    I love cooking dinners in the slow cooker, especially chili.

  41. Rachel says:

    One of my favorite things to make in my slow cooker is a recipe from one of Kathy’s previous books for Chai Tea. It is perfect for the upcoming weather too!

  42. Lola says:

    I now follow both Kathy and Diane on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  43. Jamie says:

    My favorite slowcooker meal is a bean and corn chili. So good!

  44. Jamie says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  45. Jamie says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  46. Jamie says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  47. Jamie says:

    Following Kathy on Twitter

  48. Jamie says:

    Following Kathy on Facebook

  49. Jamie says:

    Following Kathy on Pinterest

  50. I don’t use my crock pot much (I probably would more if I had this book!), but I love making chili in it.

  51. Jana says:

    Lentil soups all the way!

  52. Jana says:

    Follow you on FB

  53. Jana says:

    Follow Kathy on FB

  54. Jana says:

    Follow you on Pinterest

  55. Jennifer says:

    I love making african sweet potato stew in my slow cooker!

  56. sonja says:

    i love making steel cut oatmeal with blueberries

  57. sonja says:

    I followed you on facebook

  58. Jennifer K says:

    my favorite recipe is black eyed peas with collard greens and smoked tofu. It’s so good!

  59. Jennifer K says:

    I liked your facebook page

  60. Jennifer K says:

    I followed on Twitter

  61. Jennifer K says:

    I followed your Pinterest

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    I liked Kathy’s facebook page

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  65. Pam says:

    My favorite for all methods is chili.

  66. Joyce says:

    My favorite is actually dessert – cinnamon apples… It’s that time of year :-)

  67. Jessica Caneal says:

    Rice pudding!

  68. I LOVE lentil tacos!! I cannot wait to try this recipe, the addition of quinoa is perfect! Cheers!

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