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Vegan tacos could not be any simpler than these! Simply made with chickpeas seasoned with taco seasoning. Serve in taco shells and add any toppings you want.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 2 (400g) tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 180ml water
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 8 taco shells

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Place chickpeas in a saucepan over medium heat. Add water and taco seasoning. Cook and stir until thoroughly heated, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Mash mixture to crush chickpeas.
  2. Divide chickpea filling evenly among taco shells.

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Spicy + Crispy Chickpea Tacos

Perfectly seasoned and lightly roasted, spicy chickpeas tacos are the meal you’ve been missing in your life.

Plant-Based Recipes • Spicy + Crispy Chickpea Tacos

Mmmmm…tacos, am I right? At my house, tacos are never just for Tuesdays. I love a good taco, but even more, I love a good veggie taco. That’s where my new recipe for Spicy Chickpea Tacos comes into play. Perfectly seasoned and lightly roasted, chickpeas are the taco filling you never knew you needed in your life. Until now.


And if you need more ideas for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, how about these??

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Meet your new favorite chickpea tacos recipe-

  • Healthy
  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Weeknight dinner
  • Customizable with your favorite toppings

Main ingredients:

One batch Mexican chickpeas (or double for a family) &ndash All purpose vegetarian taco filling that is great for tacos, salads, lettuce wraps, nachos or burrito bowl.

Cilantro Lime Sauce &ndash if you are looking for a healthier option, then you could replace half the sour cream with yogurt.

Lettuce &ndash Any crisp lettuce Iceberg, romaine or butter lettuce

Avocado &ndash What taco is complete without creamy, buttery avocado?

Cilantro &ndash Adds some brightness to the dish

Jalapeños &ndash When it comes to tacos, I say load up of jalapeños

Additional (optional) topping ingredients:

Corn &ndash Grilled corn of the cob or thawed frozen corn works.

Pico de Gallo &ndash Adds tanginess and more spiciness

Shredded cheese &ndash Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

This cilantro sauce elevates these chickpea tacos from ordinary to amazing.

How to make chickpea tacos?

(Refer step-by-step photos above)

Step-1: Char corn tortillas &ndash Turn your gas burner to medium-low and using tongs, place the tortillas one at a time directly over the flame. As soon as they start to brown, give them a quick flip to color the other side and then pull them off. Alternatively, you can cook tortillas on a cast iron skillet. Place tortilla in a cast iron skillet, warmed over medium-high heat, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look few browned or darkened spots on both sides.

Step-2: Mash ripe avocado on a warm tortilla. You go with mashed or chopped avocado. I choose to go with a first one, since it offers a squishy bed for all chickpeas to be nestled on.


  • You can use hard taco shellsinstead of soft ones if preferred.
  • For your avocado tacos filling, you can either use chopped avocado, whip up a quick, thick guacamole, or even make an avocado cream. To make avo cream blend the avocado with a little lemon/lime juice and water into a creamy consistency.
  • Feel free to sub out the tahini dressing for some Vegan Sour Cream.
  • You could sub out the red cabbage for homemade Keto Coleslaw.
  • You can also use this filling to make a deconstructed taco bowl. Fill a bowl with some leafy greens, the chickpea filling, and optionally some baked/fried tortillas.
  • You can also use this filling and the tortillas to make chickpea fajitas.
  • For additional spice, feel free to add some thinly sliced jalapeno peppers.
  • For an even healthier version, you can omit the GF tortillas in place of lettuce cups.
  • Though the flavor will vary, you can swap out the chickpeas for other legumes such as kidney beans, white beans, black beans, etc.

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If you give this chickpea tacos recipe a try, I’d love a comment and recipe rating below. Also, don’t forget to tag me in re-creations on Instagram or Facebook with @elavegan and #elavegan – I love seeing your recreations.


A couple in business & in the kitchen

As a couple who cooks together and works together, Alex and I are 1000 percent passionate about the romantic partner team. And you don’t have to run a business together either. Sharing the kitchen can be the perfect place to hone your team work. How do we cook so often? The camaraderie of having another person in it with you too. There’s no way I could do this without Alex’s encouragement and stops as the grocery store (and I’m assuming vice versa).

How are we able to function as a business and romantic partnership? One of the big things we try to do is truly seek to understand the other person. Have you heard of the Enneagram? It’s an interesting tool that represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world. It’s endlessly fascinating to understand your own personality and how it interfaces with your partner. (If you’re wondering, I’m a 3 and Alex is a 9. We’d love to hear yours in the comments below!) Alex and I have done a few of these tests the Enneagram and Strengths Finder are the ones that have told us the most about each other and how we interact.

And over the 10 years we’ve been married we’ve also discovered some things about each other through experience. For example, Alex is a true creative as he loves to experiment and fail. He wants to see what’s going to happen if he does something completely out of the box, even if it’s failure. For me, I was raised as a classical musician and there was a big emphasis on the right way of doing things. I was terrified of failure, or at least I figured it was advantageous to avoid failure if at all possible. Combining these two approaches to creativity has had lots of bumps along the road, but ultimately understanding both sides has made us better collaborators.

Do you work with your partner? If not, do you dream of it, or do you prefer keeping business separate?


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Vegan Chipotle Chickpea Tacos

Quick and easy chipotle chickpea tacos are crunchy, spicy and on your table in less than thirty minutes. Using canned chickpeas saves a ton of time and yields a delicious result. They are crisped in a cast iron skillet and served with pickled onions, creamy avocado, and a little squeeze of lime. This recipe is vegan, but you could also add cotija cheese if you are able to eat dairy.

Make the pickled onions ahead of time or just use raw red onion if you’re still looking for crunch and color but don’t have the pickled onions on hand.

You can easily change up the seasonings in this dish to suit your liking. Try adding a chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, fresh minced garlic, cumin, or regular chili powder. The secret is to get the chickpeas crisp first and then add the seasonings and any saucy elements.

The chickpeas can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated, however, it will be hard to regain their original crispy texture and they are best eaten right away.


Avocado nutrition benefits

Avocado is an incredibly nutrient dense food to include in your diet. One cup of avocado has:

  • 10 grams of dietary fiber
  • 6 grams of plant-based protein
  • 708 mg (20 percent of your daily needs) of potassium
  • 24 percent of your daily Vitamin C needs
  • 10 percent of your daily magnesium needs

Avocado is rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fat. This type of fat is linked to reduced risk of heart disease and can help improve cholesterol levels. One cup of avocado has 14 grams of monounsaturated fat.


Stephanie has been into healthy vegetarian and vegan ways of cooking ever since she was a teenager. She believes that beauty comes from the inside out. Eating organic, non-GMO high nutrient foods helps keep your body healthy, disease free, feeling good, and looking young.
Stephanie is dedicated to pursuing an inspiring and creative lifestyle. Her focus is on the beauty and creativity of food, wine, recipe developing, styling, and photography. Check out more on her website, Cali Zona!

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There is a vegan chorizo called soyricho and it’s really good. I get it with potatos onions and pickeled jalapenos I highly recommend it.

There is a vegan chorizo called soyricho and it’s really good. I get it with potatos onions and pickeled jalapenos I highly recommend it.



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