Lentil Burritos

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 24, 2008

Thank you Gayle for pointing me to this recipe! Rice + Lentils = Complete Protein, and a cheap one too!

1 cup rice, uncooked ($.20)
1 cup green lentils, uncooked ($.50)
1/2 of an onion, finely chopped ($.20)
1 small can Muir Glen tomato paste (free!) Watch for Muir Glen tomato paste to go on sale for less than a $1 and then use $1 coupon.
1 packet Taco Seasoning, or The Frugal Mom’s Taco Seasoning ($.50) I omitted the flour in Donna’s recipe!
1 bag corn or flour tortillas ($.69-$1.29) I used corn to keep it gluten free.
1 cup shredded cheese ($.75) Omit if GFCF!
Salsa or sour cream or other favorite Mexican garnish ($.50)
1/2 bag Cascadian Farm frozen corn ($.75)
GF Chocolate Chip Cookies ($.32)

1. Bring 2 1/4 of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of rice. Return to boil. Then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes until rice is done.
2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup lentils. Cook lentils in 4 cups of water for 20-30 minutes until tender. Drain off excess water.
3. Combine cooked rice and lentils in large saucepan. Add tomato paste + 2 tomato paste cans worth of water. Stir through. Add onions, seasoning packet or spices. Let simmer about 10 minutes. Check on it to make sure it doesn’t get too “dry”.
4. Spoon lentil-rice mixture into tortilla. Add shredded cheese. Wrap up burrito style!
4. Cook frozen corn as directed. Serve as side dish or inside the burrito.
5. Have cookies for dessert!

Cost $4.41

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

DESJ and Company November 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm

I’ve never had lentils-are they bean-y in consistency?
I think I might want to try these!!


Jerilyn November 24, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Yum. We just had this the other night. I threw my lentils and a packet of taco seasoning in the rice cooker for a super easy dinner!


DESJ and Company November 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm

will the lentils absorb all the 4 cups of water or will I need to drain them?
Thanks for all the hand holding. Contrary to all my questions, I actually DO know how to cook :)


DESJ and Company November 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm

One more thing-you mentioned prices a few days ago-and that you live in the Midwest. I can almost always get milk at Dominicks for $1.99 a gallon. Just thought I’d pass that along.


$5 Dinner Mom November 24, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Yes, sorry…I forgot to type a line. Drain them!


The Happy Housewife November 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I wish I could get my kids to like burritos. So far they like tacos, tostadas and nachos, the burrito thing is slow going. I thing I will make these anyway though, I love lentils!


road2healthy November 25, 2008 at 2:22 pm

1. Cook rice in 2 1/4
what does this mean exactly?


road2healthy November 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Thank you! and not a problem.. we are veggies and are always looking for new yummy lentil recipes! THANK you for posting this!!


Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma November 26, 2008 at 10:48 am

Love it! Thanks for the recipe! We love taco style lentil and brown rice. So I’m sure this will become another family favorite :)


April November 26, 2008 at 11:04 am

At what point do I use the onions?


DESJ and Company November 26, 2008 at 8:58 pm

OK I made these for dinner tonight and THEY ROCK!
OMG sooooo yummy… thanks for a great recipe.


Familyoffoxes December 3, 2008 at 10:14 am

I Made these for dinner last night and they were a hit! And soo cheap! Thank you so much for your blog, I just found it and I am so so grateful!


Emily December 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm


I guess I’ll just dump them in somewhere, but if we like this, I’d love to know where you put them in.


Kathy Jo Buzzard April 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

We tried this last night and everyone LOVED it! We also used one of Paces Specialty Sauces recently on sale with a coupon. It was the 4-Cheese Mexican Cheese Sauce. Next time I will omit the cheddar and use just the sauce. It was delicious!!!! Thanks and I appreciate your affordable recipies. They bless our family.


tiana April 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

tried these tonite, 2/3 kids liked them. so guess thats a good thing. wondering if you knew the nutritional info for these?, i track my eating… thnks


Erin April 30, 2009 at 11:20 am

I’m sorry, but I don’t include nutritional info :(


tiana April 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm

forgot to add, that my dds did not like them on tortillas, but they ate it


Jacqueline October 6, 2009 at 11:23 am

I like this one because it has no meat, & is a complete protein without a lot of carbs. I have a problem most of the recipes here because they require cheap grades of meats from farm abused animals who are very sickly and dosed heavily with antibiotics I refuse to feed our family. Even my dogs only eat from the Whole Foods humanely raised standards without the drugs. I feel the same way about some of the dairy here, but it is just a few cents more per meal to get organic but way worth it. Otherwise great site, lots of great tips & glad you are into alternatives for food allergies, just wish this were practical for me.


Kasandra brown November 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I love this so much


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