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Close up burrito bowl topped with chipotle yogurt dressing and served with avocado slices.

Vegan Burrito Bowl with Spiced Lentil Taco Meat

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


The ultimate vegan burrito bowl loaded with the easiest spiced lentil taco meat. Simple ingredients, minimal chopping and no cooking required!



Lentil Walnut ‘Meat’

  • 1, 15 oz can small brown or black lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
  • 1 tsp gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Salad Base

  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup frozen fire roasted corn, thawed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Juice of half a lime

Chipotle Yogurt Dressing

  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened plant-based yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • Zest and juice of half a lime


  1. Seasoned Lentils. Add your lentils to a small bowl with the chopped walnuts, sunflower seeds, adobo sauce, soy sauce, spices and toss together then adjust salt to your liking.
  2. Salad Base. To a large salad bowl or mixing bowl add the lettuce, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper and cilantro then season well with a pinch of salt, pepper and lime juice then toss together to combine.
  3. Chipotle Yogurt Dressing. Add the remaining dressing ingredients to a cup and mix well until smooth then add a pinch of salt to taste
  4. Assemble. Add the seasoned lentils on top of the salad base, serve with avocado, then drizzle the chipotle yogurt dressing overtop before serving.


Make this bowl convenient. Use pre-shredded lettuce in a bag, leave the cherry tomatoes whole, and tear the cilantro up with your hands to minimize chopping and time needed to assemble.

For extra iron absorption, don’t skip out on adding the bell pepper. Bell peppers are high in vitamin C, which helps to significantly enhance the absorption of iron from a meal.

Make this bowl even more filling. If the corn is not enough, add some cooked rice or quinoa to the bowl.

Season your salad. Before topping with the lentil taco meat and dressing, make sure to add a pinch of salt and pepper and squeeze of lime juice to the vegetables to help enhance the flavor of the salad.