Spicy + Crispy Chickpea Tacos

11.11.2020

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

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.

Spicy Chickpea Tacos with lime and green onions

What are Chickpea Tacos?

Chickpea tacos are so, so yummy! These protein packed beans are also known as garbanzo beans. Yep- they’re the same legume in hummus.

If you’ve never thought of making plant-based tacos with chickpeas, then here are a few reasons it’s time to give them a try:

  • Chickpeas are a good source of dietary fiber, protein, and iron.
  • They’re a bit messy to eat, yet you can season them in so many different ways.
  • Beans and other legumes are great plant-based meat replacements if you’re trying to avoid, or even just eat less, meat.
  • Budget-friendly to the max. If you buy a few cans it will set you back about $0.99/a can. But you can buy dry chickpeas and cook up enough to feed a small army for the same price. You could feed that small army chickpea tacos. Just sayin’.
garbanzo beans are the same as chickpeas in this recipe

Are chickpeas good for weight loss?

Chickpeas are loaded with dietary fiber and protein. Both are important parts of a healthy diet. A diet rich in fiber and protein will also help keep you feeling fuller longer and prevent spikes in blood sugar.

However, they can be a bit higher in calories, so there are trade-offs. As with anything, it’s important to discuss weight loss and diet with the appropriate professional such as a dietician or nutritionist.

What can I make with chickpeas?

Plant-based tacos are just one of a million dishes you can make with chickpeas! In my book, Simple Green Meals, I even included a recipe for dessert bars made with chickpeas as the base. It sounds strange at first. Once you try them— you’ll be sold!

Chickpeas work in salads, soups, pureed into dips and sauces, dessert hummus (yeah…it’s a thing), falafel, pizza, flatbread (socca), etc. Flour made from dried, finely ground chickpeas is a staple item for vegans as an egg replacement.

Spicy Chickpea Tacos  with fresh veggies for toppings

Can you eat chickpeas raw?

Uncooked chickpeas might give you a belly ache. While you could certainly sprout chickpeas or eat fresh, green chickpeas, the dried ones need to be cooked. Canned chickpeas have been cooked. You can rinse them and enjoy right out of the can. No need to reheat. That’s what I recommend using in this plant-based taco recipe, so that you can enjoy it asap.

How long do chickpeas take to cook?

In the slow cooker, chickpeas can take upwards of 6-10 hours. It depends if you set the temp to high or low. Yet each slow cooker is different, so it may take a few tries to get the timing right.

If you’re using an instant pot type appliance or a pressure cooker, then be sure to follow manufacturer directions. Cooking time could take less than an hour. This is a good option if you’re crunched for time, don’t like canned beans, or you already own one of these magical appliances.

On the stovetop or in the oven, chickpeas will take roughly 4 hours to cook. Presoaking the chickpeas overnight may decrease cooking time, but I’ve found that bringing the dried chickpeas to a rolling boil with plenty of water and allowing them to sit for 15-20 minutes, then draining and cooking with fresh water is the best way to decrease the cooking time.

Chickpea Taco Recipe

I have several favorite chickpea taco recipes. One recipe even graces the cover of one of my best-selling books! Really, as I said above, you can season chickpeas however you like best. Slathered in BBQ sauce? Sure! Seasoned to perfection with a mixture of spices and herbs? Oh yeah. Roasted, simmered, or fried? Amazing! I haven’t met a chickpea taco I didn’t like.

I’m sharing a simple chickpea taco recipe below. If you use it as a starting point, then you can experiment to turn it into your own taco creation.

Roasted Chickpeas for Tacos seasoned with spicy flavors

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Spicy Chickpea Tacos


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Slightly crisp roasted chickpeas are a fantastic plant-based taco filling. Load the tacos up with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


Ingredients

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  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed
  • Two (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin*
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt*
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika*
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder*
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder*
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne*
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper*
  • Toppings: pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, avocado crema

*You can also use taco seasoning instead of each individual spice, if you prefer. 


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine drained chickpeas, diced onion, 1 tablespoon oil, lime juice maple syrup, and spices. Toss until well-coated. Spread in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and slightly crisp. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and shake the baking sheet so the chickpeas roll around and are lightly coated with the oil. 
  4. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm. Serve immediately in tortillas with desired toppings.
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: chickpea tacos

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Bob C says:

    Made these for dinner. Left out the maple syrup and didn’t miss it a bit. I used lettuce leaves instead of tortillas and topped the tacos with cucumber, avocado (not the crema), and diced hatch green chilis. Two extra tidbits: I used soaked and boiled garbanzo beans so cooking time was increased (about 35 -45 minutes in the oven) and the leftover beans make a GREAT SNACK :). Nice recipe!!

  2. T McKinney says:

    Delicious recipe! We got home late but wanted fresh food, not processed carryout, which is what we normally do at this late time of the day. This was quick. Didn’t miss the meat AT ALL, still great flavor. If you want to keep away from sugars, I think I can actually leave out the maple.

  3. Erin says:

    We love the chickpea tacos from Simple Green Meals, so I can’t wait to try these too!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Awesome, Erin! Let us know what you think of them after you make them! 🙂

  4. Dani mitchell says:

    This looks really easy to make— which is exactly what I want. I’m excited about all the protein in them too. Proof that you can eat plant-based and get in a hearty amount of protein. Boom! Have you tried making extras and reheating the chickpeas? I’m curious if they work as leftovers too.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I bet they would work great as leftovers. Def give it a try and let us know! 🙂

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