Bacon Lentil Burrito

  • serves 4

My kids love these burritos; they don’t know why but I do. Lentils are flavour sponges. They do a great job of absorbing the bright and sunny flavours of the Southwest. Plus, the kids adore the crisp smoky bacon!

Recipe courtesy of Michael Smith for

50 Ratings
Directions for: Bacon Lentil Burrito


Burrito Filling

4 thick slices bacon, chopped

1 onion, diced

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp dried oregano

1 cup dry green lentils

4 cup fresh local water

1 cup corn

1 tsp salt

1 tsp your favourite hot sauce


4 large soft tortillas

1 carrot, shredded

4 oz 'taco-blend' shredded cheese

¼ cup your favourite salsa

1 or 2 handfuls cilantro leaves and tender stems


Burrito Filling

1. Begin by crisping the bacon. Toss it into a saucepot along with a splash or two of water. Bring the mixture to a simmer. As the bacon begins simmering the water will encourage it to cook evenly. Eventually the water boils away leaving the bacon bits to crisp in the rendered bacon fat. Be patient. When the bits are crisp strain them out and reserve.

2. Toss the onion and seasonings into the pan and stir until the flavours brighten and the textures soften, 5 minutes or so.

3. Pour in the lentils and water and bring the mixture to a slow, steady, simmer. Continue cooking as the lentils absorb the moisture and begin softening. Stir occasionally and keep an eye on the works. Eventually they’ll become tender and absorb all the water, about 45 minutes or so. If the mixtures still seems a bit wet for a burrito filling just simmer a few minutes longer. In the last few minutes of cooking stir the corn, salt and hot sauce into the works.


1. Lay 4 tortilla shells out on your work surface and evenly divide the filling between them. Top with grated carrot, grated cheese and salsa. Sprinkle on the crisp bacon and top with lots of cilantro. Fold in the sides and roll the works up tightly. Shout ‘caliente!’ Serve and share!

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