We updated a fast food favorite to be totally vegan and completely irresistible. Creamy vegan queso dip and meaty lentils make a satisfying filling while a quick trip in a hot skillet adds crunch to every bite. To make them a little faster, make the lentils up to 4 days ahead, the queso the day before, and prep your lettuce and tomatoes the morning of. When it’s time to eat, grab an extra set of hands to make assembly a snap.
INGREDIENTS FOR VEGAN CRUNCHWRAPS
FOR LENTIL FILLING
2 1/2 c. cooked green lentils (from about 1 cup dried)
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
FOR CRUNCHY WRAPS8
large flour tortillas
Chipotle Vegan Queso
8 tostada shells
Quartered cherry tomatoes
Vegetable oil, for pan
- Make lentil filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add tomato paste and chipotle pepper, and cook, mashing pepper with a wooden spoon, until tomato paste has darkened slightly, 2 minutes. Add cumin and coriander and season with salt. Add lentils and ¼ cup cold water. Stir to combine, then cook, stirring and mashing some of the lentils occasionally, until lentils are heated through and partially mashed, and no liquid remains, about 5 minutes. Add more water a tablespoon at a time if skillet becomes dry.
- Build crunchy wraps: Add a scoop of spiced lentils to the center of each flour tortilla, leaving a generous border clear for folding. Drizzle with chipotle queso, then top with a tostada shell. Spread tostada shell with an even layer of guacamole, then scatter lettuce and tomato on top.
- Tightly fold edges of large tortilla toward the center, creating pleats. Carefully invert crunchy wraps so pleats are on the bottom and they stay together.
- Heat a thin layer of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add one crunchy wrap at a time, seam-side down, and cook until golden, 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining crunchy wraps.