Chickpea Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

charred corn tortilla with Mexican chickpeas, cilantro sauce, avocado, lettuce and jalapenos

Best Chickpea Tacos!! Spicy skillet chickpeas topped with an amazing cilantro lime sauce, mashed avocado, lettuce, chopped cilantro and jalapeños. These garbanzo bean tacos are perfect for weeknight dinners and might soon become a family favorite.

black plates with chickpea tacos with mashed avocado, cilantro lime sauce topped with cilantro and jalapeno

If you missed my previous post on an all purpose Mexican Chickpeas that is great on tacos, salads, lettuce wraps, nachos or burrito bowls, then I highly urge you to check it out.

It is amazing made into these

Lettuce Wraps with Garbanzo Beans

Vegetarian Burrito Bowls with Chickpeas

And now some delicious spicy chickpea tacos with the most amazing cilantro jalapeño sauce, lettuce, avocado, cilantro and more jalapeños. YUMMMM!

Though you might not find a chickpea or garbanzo bean tacos in any part of Mexico, a tasty vegetarian taco recipe always comes in handy. Especially, on busy weeknights when you haven’t thawed / picked up fresh protein for dinner.

Canned chickpeas are a pantry staple in many households – They are healthy, packed with protein and it is ready to be used in a flash. In fact, we go though so much chickpea cans in our house, that I usually pick up a 12 case from Costco. They are delicious made into tacos, salads, bowls, curries, rice, pastas and even desserts.

Meet your new favorite chickpea tacos recipe-

  • Healthy
  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Weeknight dinner
  • Customizable with your favorite toppings
a side view of garbanzo bean bean tacos fully assembled and ready to eat

Main ingredients:

One batch Mexican chickpeas (or double for a family) – All purpose vegetarian taco filling that is great for tacos, salads, lettuce wraps, nachos or burrito bowl.

Cilantro Lime Sauce – if you are looking for a healthier option, then you could replace half the sour cream with yogurt.

Lettuce – Any crisp lettuce Iceberg, romaine or butter lettuce

Avocado – What taco is complete without creamy, buttery avocado?

Cilantro – Adds some brightness to the dish

Jalapeños – When it comes to tacos, I say load up of jalapeños

Additional (optional) topping ingredients:

Corn – Grilled corn of the cob or thawed frozen corn works.

Pico de Gallo – Adds tanginess and more spiciness

Shredded cheese – Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

This cilantro sauce elevates these chickpea tacos from ordinary to amazing.

How to make chickpea tacos?

(Refer step-by-step photos above)

Step-1: Char corn tortillas – Turn your gas burner to medium-low and using tongs, place the tortillas one at a time directly over the flame. As soon as they start to brown, give them a quick flip to color the other side and then pull them off. Alternatively, you can cook tortillas on a cast iron skillet. Place tortilla in a cast iron skillet, warmed over medium-high heat, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look few browned or darkened spots on both sides.

Step-2: Mash ripe avocado on a warm tortilla. You go with mashed or chopped avocado. I choose to go with a first one, since it offers a squishy bed for all chickpeas to be nestled on.

Step-3: Top with Mexican chickpeas

Step-4: A healthy drizzle of the cilantro lime sauce

Finish with lettuce, cilantro and sliced jalapeños

Wrap and enjoy

a hand trying to pick up  a freshly assembled taco

My family loves Mexican recipes and we can’t get enough of them. Some of our favorites include – Mexican Spiced Chicken for Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas or SaladsSpicy Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn , Chicken Burrito Bowl, Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice or this popular Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning.

Keeping track of all the chickpea recipes around here?

Air Fryer Chickpeas 

Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas that tastes like Tandoori Chicken

4 Ingredient Salsa Chickpeas Meal Prep

4 Ingredient Creamy Chickpea Salad

5 ways with Garbanzo Beans 

Instant Pot Thai Chickpea and Spinach Curry

4 ingredient Guilt Free Chocolate Hummus

Butter Chickpeas (Vegetarian Butter chicken)

or more chickpeas recipes

How to meal prep this spicy chickpea tacos recipe for the week?

Make Mexican chickpeas (double or triple the batch based on your need. Just use a larger non-stick skillet), cool and refrigerate.

Make cilantro lime sauce (again double or triple the batch) and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Char tortillas just before eating and top with avocado, lettuce, cilantro and jalapeños.

Love more spicy?

Increase cayenne pepper powder in the Mexican chickpeas.

Add more jalapeño in the cilantro jalapeño sauce.

Finally finish with more freshly sliced jalapeños.

Wanna tone down the heat?

Omit cayenne pepper completely in the Mexican chickpeas.

Deseed jalapeño before making the sauce or use less.

Use less deseeded jalapeños to finish.

More delicious taco recipes like this garbanzo bean tacos:

Ground Chicken Tacos

Spicy Chicken Tacos

Baked Fish Tacos with an Amazing 2-Ingredient Fish Taco Sauce

Spicy Buttermilk Fried Popcorn Chicken Tacos

Baked Bang Bang Cauliflower Tacos

Easy Fish tacos with Frozen Fish Sticks

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Chickpea Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Best vegetarian chickpea tacos! Quick and easy Mexican chickpeas with a special blend of spices topped with an amazing cilantro lime sauce, avocado, lettuce, more cilantro and jalapeños. These garbanzo bean tacos are perfect for weeknight dinners and might soon become a family favorite.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chcikpea taco recipe, chickpea tacos, easy chickpea taco, garbanzo bean tacos, vegetarian taco recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

Cilantro lime Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup lightly packed cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 small jalapeño (deseeded if you like it less spicy)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Additional ingredients

  • 1 small avocado, chopped or mashed
  • chopped lettuce
  • chopped cilantro
  • sliced jalapeños
  • 4 corn tortillas

Instructions

Make cilantro lime sauce

  • Add all ingredients into a small food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
    Refrigerate until ready to use.

Char tortillas

  • Turn your gas burner to medium-low and using tongs, place the tortillas one at a time directly over the flame. As soon as they start to brown, give them a quick flip to color the other side and then pull them off. Alternatively, you can cook tortillas on a cast iron skillet. Place tortilla in a cast iron skillet, warmed over medium-high heat, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look few browned or darkened spots on both sides.
    Keep them warm wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.

Assemble tacos

  • Add some mashed or avocado, Mexican chickpeas, chopped lettuce, additional cilantro and sliced jalapeños.
    (I choose to go with mashed avocado since it offers a squishy bed for all chickpeas to be nestled on)

Notes

Char corn tortillas –
Turn your gas burner to medium-low and using tongs, place the tortillas one at a time directly over the flame. As soon as they start to brown, give them a quick flip to color the other side and then pull them off. Alternatively, you can cook tortillas on a cast iron skillet. Place tortilla in a cast iron skillet, warmed over medium-high heat, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look few browned or darkened spots on both sides.
Love more spicy?
  – Increase cayenne pepper powder in the Mexican chickpeas.
  – Add more jalapeño in the cilantro jalapeño sauce.
  – Finally finish with more freshly sliced jalapeños.
Wanna tone down the heat?
  – Omit cayenne pepper completely in the Mexican chickpeas.
  – Deseed jalapeño before making the sauce or use less.
  – Use less deseeded jalapeños to finish.
How to meal prep?
 1. Make Mexican chickpeas (double or triple the batch based on your need. Just use a larger non-stick skillet), cool and refrigerate.
 2. Make cilantro lime sauce (again double or triple the batch) and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
 3. Char tortillas just before eating and top with avocado, lettuce, cilantro and jalapeños.
Cilantro Lime Sauce – It is the same recipe for cilantro lime sauce that is found here. but halved. 

Cilantro jalapeño sauce is inspired and slightly modified from Gimmedelicious.com

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