Mexican Chickpeas

chickpeas for taco

Quick and easy Mexican chickpeas for tacos, salads, lettuce wraps, nachos or burrito bowl. This all purpose vegetarian taco filling made with canned chickpeas is healthy, easy, versatile and fabulous for meal prep.

chickpeas Mexican style

This Mexican chickpeas has been one of our go-to family favorite for many years.

It is made with

  • Canned chickpeas
  • Pantry spices
  • Quick and easy
  • Vegan/vegetarian
  • Great for meal prep
  • Healthy
  • Protein-rich
  • Versatile

A few delicious ideas with this Mexican Chickpeas:

Chickpea Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

Chickpea Taco Lettuce wraps

Chickpea Tacos 

This vegetarian taco filling is a great option when you are pressed for time or just not in the mood to whip up a family dinner (more easy weeknight dinner ideas ). It is almost as easy as opening a can of chickpeas.

How to make chickpeas for tacos?

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet. Saute chopped onion and garlic for couple of minutes.

2. Add drained, rinsed and patted dry chickpeas and spices.

3. Stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until spices are toasted.

stirfry mexican spices along with chickpeas

4. Turn off stove and add chopped cilantro and lime juice.

add chopped cilantro to cooked chickpeas

5. Stir until combined well.

stir chopped cilantro and lime juice with chickpeas

Done and DONE.

Wasn’t that easy?

Now this taco chickpeas (which is a great vegetarian taco filling) can be made into tacos, salads, nachos or burrito bowls.

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Tips and tricks in making chickpea taco meat:

Chickpeas – Drain and rinse canned chickpeas under running water. Pat dry in a clean kitchen towel before using.

Oil- It might look like that the amount of oil is bit too much, but it really helps in toasting the spices and brining the dish together.

Make it spicier – Add more cayenne pepper powder and chopped jalapeno pepper along with onion and garlic.

Make it less spicy – Decrease cayenne or omit.

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Spicy Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn

Spicy Chicken Ranch Quesadilla

Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

chickpeas Mexican style

More recipes using canned chickpeas like this chickpeas for tacos:

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas that tastes like Tandoori Chicken

4-ingredient Salsa Chickpeas

Instant Pot Thai Chickpea and Spinach Curry

4 Ingredient Creamy Chickpea Salad

Guilt Free Chocolate Hummus

Oven Baked Beet Falafel

Butter Chickpeas (Vegetarian Butter chicken)

or more chickpea recipes

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Mexican Chickpeas for Tacos, Salads, Nachos or Burrito Bowls

Quick and easy Mexican chickpeas for tacos, salads, nachos or burrito bowl. This all purpose vegetarian taco filling made with canned chickpeas is healthy, easy, versatile and fabulous for meal prep.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican chickpeas
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

Spice mixture

Additional ingredients

Instructions

Make spice mixture

  • Stir all spice mixture ingredients together in a small bowl.

Make Mexican Chickpeas

  • Heat vegetable oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  • Add chickpeas and spice mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes, until spices are toasted well.
  • Take off heat and stir in lime juice and cilantro. 

Notes

Chickpeas – Drain and rinse canned chickpeas under running water. Pat dry in a clean kitchen towel before using.
Oil- It might look like that the amount of oil is bit too much, but it really helps in toasting the spices and brining the dish together.
Make it spicier – Add more cayenne pepper powder and chopped jalapeno pepper along with onion and garlic.
Make it less spicy – Decrease cayenne or omit.

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