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Crispy Chickpea Tacoss – Plant-Based mostly & Exploding with Taste

Mmmmm…tacos, am I proper? At my home, tacos are by no means only for Tuesdays. I like a great taco, however much more, I like a great veggie taco. That’s the place my new recipe for Spicy Vegan Chickpea Tacos comes into play. Completely seasoned and flippantly roasted, chickpeas are the taco filling you by no means knew you wanted in your life. Till now.

overhead shot of 6 chickpea tacos loaded with pico de gallo and lettuce

Chickpeas are a terrific supply of plant-based protein with 6 grams per each 1/2 cup. They’re a budget-friendly possibility too; you will get a can of chickpeas for underneath a $1 at most grocery shops! They crispy up completely for this recipe and are a terrific vessel for flavor-packed seasoning.

Desk of Contents
  1. Components for Chickpea Tacos
  2. Toppings
  3. Easy methods to Make Vegan Chickpea Tacos
  4. Chickpea Taco FAQs
  5. Extra Plant-Based mostly Taco Recipes:
  6. Spicy Chickpea Tacos Recipe
ingredients for vegan chickpea tacos including yellow onion, maple syrup, lime juice, canned chickpeas, corn tortillas, taco seasoning and avocado oil.

Components for Chickpea Tacos

The filling a part of these tacos is fairly easy so you’ll be able to go loopy with toppings. Right here’s what I’m placing collectively for my vegan chickpea tacos:

  • Corn tortillas: Gluten bloats my stomach and contributes to irritation in my physique, so I eat it sparingly. Corn tortillas are good for this recipe, simply be sure you heat them up barely so that they don’t crumble on you.
  • Canned chickpeas: Chickpeas are the principle protein on this plate and I present you learn how to crisp them as much as perfection.
  • Yellow onion: That is my go-to kind of onion to cook dinner with. It’s aromatic with out overpowering a dish and cheap to purchase. Be happy to make use of the onion of your selection.
  • Avocado oil: Since we’re roasting the chickpeas, a high-heat oil like avocado oil is a good selection.
  • Lime juice: A little bit citrus juice superbly brightens up the chickpeas properly.
  • Maple Syrup: I like mixing candy and warmth and the small quantity of maple syrup does simply that!
  • Taco seasoning: Use the recipe beneath or seize the shop purchased or selfmade taco seasoning combine of your selection for the last word taste.


Now for the enjoyable half: toppings. You possibly can maintain it completely recent + easy with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, avocados, diced or pickled jalapeños… or you will get inventive with some plant-based toppings like vegan cheese sprinkle, cashew cream and avocado crema.

Retaining these tacos plant-based even within the toppings will nonetheless style AH-mazing, it should additionally ship extra vitamins like protein + wholesome fat in a method that doesn’t sit heavy in your tummy however as a substitute turns into usable vitality.

Vegan Taco ‘Meat’ Choices

I actually don’t miss the meat in vegan tacos which might be loaded with different textures, proteins and all out scrumptious elements. My fav veggie taco fillings embrace chickpeas, cauliflower + candy potatoes, roasted butternut squash and potatoes.

If I need a extra ‘meat-like’ texture then I flip to this unimaginable walnut taco meat or some savory jackfruit BBQ. These are each nice choices for these nonetheless wanting the style and really feel of a standard taco filling but are adventurous sufficient to attempt it vegan.

Truthfully, toss some taco seasoning on any veggies and also you’ve acquired a terrific taco filling!

baking sheet with parchment paper and seasoned chickpeas ready to be baked

Easy methods to Make Vegan Chickpea Tacos

This recipe focuses on the crispy chickpeas and allows you to information the toppings you need.

  1. Be sure these canned chickpeas are rinsed + drained effectively earlier than placing them in a bowl. Mix with the diced onion, avocado oil, lime juice, maple syrup and seasoning combination. Toss effectively to coat each final chickpea… we don’t need any of them to really feel neglected! coating may also guarantee they crisp to perfection within the oven.
  2. Pour out the coated chickpeas onto a parchment lined baking sheet and attempt to unfold them out as evenly as attainable earlier than sticking them within the oven.
  3. Roast the chickpeas till they’re a stunning golden colour and crunchy. They may really feel tremendous mild and have a chip-like crunch whenever you take a look at them. Drizzle with only a bit extra oil and evenly coat once more to assist them not dry out an excessive amount of.

Whereas the chickpeas are roasting, heat up the corn tortillas whichever method you favor. My mother likes to stay them between paper towels and microwave them whereas I favor a dot of oil in a forged iron skillet and nearly ‘searing’ them on each side.

As soon as your chickpeas are executed you’ll be able to toss them into the warmed shells and serve with all of the recent toppings you need.

a line of tacos, every other one topped with fresh toppings

Chickpea Taco FAQs

What can I do with a can of chickpeas?

So many issues! You possibly can drain + rinse then use them straight away to high your salad with some nice plant protein, or roast them like I did in these chickpea tacos. Or go loopy and toss some into your subsequent smoothie for a straightforward and creamy protein enhance!

What number of energy are in chickpea tacos?

3 tacos is a serving for me, and there are about 494 energy in 1 serving, as effectively asa 24 grams of protein per serving. These are a terrific, filling meal.

How do you swap chickpeas right into a meat taco recipe?

You should use my roasted chickpeas recipe and toss them into any taco you need! Simply roast the chickpeas as a substitute of browning meat or roasting hen and also you’ve acquired a style, protein powered vegan possibility.

delicious, Mexican-inspired food on corn tortilla shells

Extra Plant-Based mostly Taco Recipes:

Tacos are my jam! So I’ve acquired a number of recipes to share which might be oh-so-tasty in addition to meatless. Be happy so as to add meat if you need, but they’re all fairly delicious with out it.

  • Wholesome Taco Salad: This pretty salad might be served ‘salad bar’ model so everybody can get precisely what they need.
  • BBQ Jackfruit Tacos: Jackfruit is a singular ingredient that’s fabulous on tacos!
  • Spiralized Taco Salad: This enjoyable taco salad makes use of candy potato ‘swoodles’ and is significantly good.
  • Austinite Tacos: These tacos had been impressed by a visit to Austin, TX and are my go-to for a flavorfully filling taco evening.
  • Crispy Potato Tacos: This Mexican-inspired recipe is so enjoyable to take pleasure in as an entree or a satisfactory appetizer.

Don’t neglect to go away a ranking + assessment after you do this recipe. These opinions assist me and different members of our group out a lot!

Selfmade Taco Seasoning (can even use store-bought)

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a bowl, mix drained chickpeas, diced onion, 1 tablespoon oil, lime juice maple syrup, and spices. Toss till well-coated. Unfold in a fair layer on the ready baking sheet.

  • Roast for 15-20 minutes, or till golden and barely crisp. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and shake the baking sheet so the chickpeas roll round and are flippantly coated with the oil. 

  • Switch to a bowl and maintain heat. Serve instantly in tortillas with desired toppings.

  • Use selfmade or retailer purchased taco seasoning, your choice! 
  • This recipe is a bit spicy, so omit the cayenne from the seasoning combine to tone it down a bit.
  • Swap maple syrup with the sweetener of your selection (you solely want a bit of).

Energy: 594kcal, Carbohydrates: 96g, Protein: 24g, Fats: 15g, Saturated Fats: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fats: 5g, Monounsaturated Fats: 7g, Sodium: 197mg, Potassium: 802mg, Fiber: 21g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 151IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 7mg



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