Southern Tex Mex Spiced Lentils –

Southern Tex Mex Spiced Lentils

  By lentilsorg      

February 16, 2017

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Combine dry lentils and spices into a mason jar - this makes a great gift for holidays and party hosts!

  • Prep: 5 Minutes
  • Cook: 15 Minutes
  • 5 Minutes

    15 Minutes

    20 Minutes

  • Yields: 2 cups (500 mL) prepared


  1. Combine lentils with the spices and water. Be sure to use a large enough saucepan as the lentils will more than double in size once cooked.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover tightly with a lid, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Stir occasionally.

(Optional) Tasty Preparation Tips:
-Use vegetable or chicken stock, instead of water, to enhance the flavour
-Saute 1 chopped onion in 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of oil on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the spices and continue to cook for 1 minute. Add liquid and lentils, and continue to follow the cooking directions above
-Toss in your favourite vegetables such as chopped tomato, peppers, and green onion
-Like it hot? Feel free to add more cayenne pepper or add your favourite hot sauce to the cooked lentils
-Try this dish in a slow-cooker with your favourite vegetables and meat


¾ cup (175 mL) green lentils

1 tsp (5 mL) chili powder

1 tsp (5 mL) cumin

½ tsp, (2 mL) dried oregano

½ tsp (2 mL) garlic powder

1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) ground cayenne

2 ¼ cups (560 mL) water


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1/2 cup (125 mL)
Sodium40 mg
Potassium278 mg
Protein8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sugar1 g
Total Fat0 g
Saturated Fat0 g
Total Carbohydrates17 g
Dietary Fiber6 g