Chickpea Taco (Vegan, Gluten-Free)


Chickpea Taco (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I’m all about quick meals, so when my son Daevyd showed me taco shells that were in the pantry and said he wanted me to prepare them for him. I was all excited, yes I will make chickpea taco. We had some chickpeas already and we had just bought some avocados so it was perfect. Now I had to make my own taco seasoning. Although Devannah had bought some prepared taco seasonings from the health food store, I always prefer preparing my own sauces, seasonings etc 95% of the time. It’s just me, I’m a ‘do it yourself’ kind of person. By the way that’s how I started making my own soaps. My mentally is, ‘if someone can do it, so can I.’ It’s crazy but that’s the way I am. I also would love to sew my own clothes as well. I love to know what I’m eating and what I’m putting on my skin. Anyway back to our chickpea taco, I’m out of tomatoes and although I wanted to add some to the topping, I gave into using some of my daughter’s salsa and sour cream for topping. Well, I said 95% of the time, didn’t I?

Well, this delicious chick pea taco was quick and easy to prepare, you are more than welcome to use a store bought taco seasoning, if you decide to try mine, you may adjust the ingredient especially the cayenne pepper. I used only a tiny bit since I was making it primarily for Daevyd my son.


Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups or 1-15 ounce (425g) can of cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 organic corn taco shells
  • 1 cup prepared salsa ( I used Trader Joes brand)
  • 1 recipe guacamole
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy sour cream
  • 1 spring onion, chopped to garnish


Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper, sugar and cook until fragrant about 1 minute. Add chickpeas and stir to coat, using the back of the spoon to mash some of the chickpeas for about 2 minutes. If the chickpeas are too dry you may now add about 1 tablespoon or 2 of water to moisten. Season with salt to taste. To assemble, place about 1/4 cup chickpeas in taco shell, then layer with salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Garnish with spring onions.

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  1. These are soo good. I smashed all the chickpeas and they turn out perfect! I will be making them so often. 😁
    Thank you so much! 🐰🍑🐣

  2. Tasneem Rajkotwala

    Looks delicious! We usually eat chickpea curry with flatbreads but using as a taco fillings look just as apt.

  3. Kathryn Doherty

    Love the idea of chickpea tacos! Know my little ones will be big fans, too! What a yummy new taco night :)

  4. Chickpeas are such a great item to have around and I love how most of the ingredients come from the pantry!

  5. We’re meat eaters, however, host casual dinners quite often and it’s nice to have options for the vegetarians. These really look delicious!!

  6. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    I love tacos and also love chickpeas so definitely looking forward to trying this recipe.

  7. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    ~PINNED~ This look delicious. A definite must try! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door Opens Tonight 9pm Pacific Time! :)

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  8. Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    What a simple and delightful way to use chick peas. I normally think of them in hummus or a stew, but using them as taco filling is a new one on me. Got to try it. Just one practical question – Did they roll out as you grabbed a taco?

  9. Catherine (Living the Gourmet)

    Dear Michelle, I love those Trader Joe’s Taco Shells…your chickpea tacos looks wonderful and satisfying and I can only imagine how delicious they are! xo, Catherine

  10. Somehow they last longer in our home because of their shelf life they are usually packed away in the pantry unlike soft tacos. I’m happy I chose to use your favorite beans, chickpeas are so versatile.

  11. Angela {Mind Over Batter }

    I’m DIY most of the time as well. It’s how I ended up making my own scented candles. I love, love chickpeas and you can never go wrong with hardshell tacos!

  12. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free

    Hard shell tacos are such a classic that we never have – I’ll have to pick some of those up from TJ’s. Very cool that you use chickpeas – that’s really the only bean I like!

  13. Kim - Liv Life

    LOVE TJ’s shells!! We always have a box in the pantry, but I haven’t actually pulled them out in a while. I’m feeling inspired! Chickpeas make the ideal filling.

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