Vegetarian Tacos: This Cumin Chickpea Taco Recipe Lightens Up Taco Night by Sara Haas RDN

Vegetarian Dinner
3 years ago

Vegetarian Tacos: This Cumin Chickpea Taco Recipe Lightens Up Taco Night

You don't always need meat for taco night. Here’s a quick recipe for cumin chickpea tacos from my book, Taco! Taco! Taco!: The Ultimate Taco Cookbook.

You'll need:

  • 16 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed


  • 1 pound tomatillos, skins removed and washed
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, skins removed
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed cilantro


Cabbage Slaw

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced

Here's how to make them:

  1. Position oven rack about 6 inches from the heating element and preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Quarter the tomatillos and add them to a bowl along with the onion, garlic and olive oil. Toss to coat. Spread mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet. Broil 4 minutes, stir, then broil 2 more minutes. Stir again and broil an additional 2 minutes, or until tomatillos and onion are blistered and browned. Remove and cool slightly before transferring to a blender or the bowl of a food processor. Add the lime juice and cilantro and puree until smooth to complete the salsa. Season with salt to taste, if desired. 
  3. Set a large, nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the chickpeas and cook, stirring often, until toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cumin and cook 1 more minute. Remove from heat and stir in the salt and lime juice. 
  4. Combine the yogurt, lime juice, zest and salt in the bottom of a mixing bowl. Add the cabbage and jalapeño and toss to combine to finish the slaw. Serve chickpeas in warmed tortillas, then top with salsa and cabbage slaw. Serves 8.

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Elisa Schmitz
Major yum factor happening here!
Sara Haas RDN
Yay! I hope you like this recipe and the book!
Sheri B Doyle
These look fantastic. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
Does anyone try this recipe it looks delicious any current information that could help add low more zest or some other delicious ways in preparation

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