Crunchy Chickpea Tacos from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook

Crunchy Chickpea Tacos

Yields: 6 tacos | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes

These tacos have some of the seasonings used in a typical California fish taco—although I must admit that I have never had a real fish taco, only the vegan versions. This recipe uses a hint of lime with cabbage and, of course, chickpeas.

6 corn or flour tortillas
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
3 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup seeded and small-diced poblano pepper
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup Tofu Cashew Mayonnaise (see below)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
1 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Shape the tortillas by placing them in a nonstick oven-safe bowl and baking them in the oven until crispy, 5–10 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, smash the chickpeas with a fork and sprinkle with the chili powder. Add the cabbage, carrot, red onion, poblano pepper, green onion, cilantro, mayonnaise, and lime juice. Mix thoroughly, adding salt last.
  4. Divide the salad mixture among the taco bowls and top with the sliced avocado. Add Sriracha if you like your tacos spicy.

Kim’s Hints:

  • I use nonstick metal bowls to shape my taco bowls.
  • These tortilla bowls are perfect for taco salads as well.

Tofu Cashew Mayonnaise

1/4 raw cashews, soaked in water to cover for 2-3 hours, then drained
7 ounces extra-firm tofu
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon tahini
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

  1. Soaking the cashews in water for a few hours will reduce blending time. If you are not using a Vitamix, I highly recommend soaking the cashews so they blend into a smooth and creamy texture.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and shiny.

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