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Chickpea tacos

Chickpea tacos are one of my all-time favorite meals. Cozy and warming chickpeas are a step out of the ordinary from the usual black or pinto beans. These tacos are a real crowd pleaser.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan
Keyword: bean tacos, easy dinner
Servings: 6 tacos
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson


  • 1 teaspoon organic canola oil or olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion chopped in even medium pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cups chickpeas (1 15 ounce can), drained and rinsed
  • Juice of ½ lime about 1 Tablespoon or 1 Tablespoon of water
  • ¼ cup water plus additional if needed
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 6 taco shells or tortillas
  • 1 cup green leaf lettuce roughly chopped
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 batch guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Optional toppings: cilantro, jalapeño peppers, hot sauce


  • Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
  • In a skillet, heat oil to a medium heat. Set a Tablespoon of the onions aside to use as a topping and mince them. Add the remaining onions and garlic to the skillet. Sauté for 5 minutes, until they are fragrant and translucent.
  • Add chickpeas, lime juice, water, ancho chili powder, paprika, cumin, and a pinch of salt to skillet. Saute for 10 minutes until heated through.
    If the chickpeas become dry and the spices start sticking to the pan, lower heat and add a tablespoon or two of water and combine to deglaze the pan. Smash some of the chickpeas with a fork for texture, and so that they don't roll out of the tacos.
    Taste for salt and add more if necessary. Remove from heat.
  • Put the shells or tortillas on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for 3-5 minutes until warm.
  • Remove the shells or tortillas from the oven. Fill each shell or tortilla with the chickpea mixture, some of the lettuce, onions, tomatoes, guacamole or avocado, and any optional toppings like cilantro, jalapeño peppers, or hot sauce.



Canned or homemade garbanzo beans work in this recipe. Use either a 15-ounce can that's been drained & rinsed, or 1 ½ cups of chickpeas.
If you need for this dish to be gluten-free, make sure to use corn tortillas or other gluten-free tortillas.
I recommend making a double batch of chickpeas for meals throughout the week. Re-purpose them in burritos, nachos, bowls, and salads. There are more ideas with links in the blog post.


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.3mg