Step up your savory breakfast game with this lentil oatmeal taco bowl. A blend of red lentils and rolled oats create something similar to a ground beef and they’re spiced up with taco seasoning. Once you've made your oats, you can top the bowl with the same items you would use to top a taco. The best part about eating your tacos in bowl form is that you can add as many toppings as you want, without worrying about it fitting it into a tortilla.

Savory Lentil Oatmeal Taco Bowl [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




Cooking Time




For the Oatmeal:

  • 1 cup water (do not add salt)
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder or granules
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder or granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Up to 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)

For the Topping Ideas:

  • Gluten-free tortilla chips
  • Shredded romaine lettuce or greens of choice
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Jalapeño
  • Corn
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro


  1. Bring water and lentils to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add oats and cook another 5 minutes, adding more water if necessary. before all water has absorbed, stir in salt, spices, and optional nutritional yeast.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add toppings as desired.


You can substitute all the spices for 1 tablespoon premade taco seasoning blend. This lentil-oat recipe could also be placed inside a taco shell or lettuce wrap for a more traditional taco experience.