Crispy Chipotle Chickpea Tacos

July 12 , 2017 by: Taco Chef vegetarian

Crispy chickpeas take the place of boring old suburban taco meat in this new take on an old classic.


  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle hot sauce more or less to your taste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/3 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 tsp garlic salt

Toppings (amounts cary to your taste):

  • 4 TBSP greek yogurt or sour cream 1 TBSP per taco
  • A few splashes of chipotle hot sauce
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup julienned radishes
  • 4 TBSP shredded cheddar cheese 1 TBSP per taco
  • Fresh chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters

Roasting in the oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and very lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking oil.
  2. Place the chickpeas on a clean kitchen towel or a few paper towels and gently pat them dry. The dryer, the better. In a medium bowl, toss the chickpeas with 1 TBSP olive oil to coat.
  3. Add the chili hot sauce, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Mix thoroughly and ensure chickpeas are evenly coated.
  4. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake, shaking the pan halfway through baking time, until the chickpeas are crunchy — approx. 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Let them cool for at least one hour. The chickpeas will get crunchier as they cool. (Optional step.)


  1. Lay our your tacos and smear each taco with Greek yogurt or sour cream evenly; hit it with some chipotle hot sauce.
  2. Evenly distribute the chickpeas over the four tacos.  Top with your preferred garnishes, hit each taco with a squirt of fresh lemon juice, and dig in.

Appearance: D D D d

A take on the classic suburban taco. Cheddar cheese and chunks of tomatoes, remind us of our youth.  But chickpeas do not!

Taste: D D

Fairly Bland. Really could’ve used a bit more moisture or sauce

Difficulty: D D D D D

Very simple. Once the chickpeas are roasted the rest of out is just a quick assembly.

Cost: D D D D

Very inexpensive. With the exception of whatever type of sauce you choose.  If you already have the spices and sauce on hand,  you can get all the ingredients for less then 15$

Verdict D D

Overall a nice easy recipe that is inexpensive to make. But it lacks any real pizzaz and really needs a little experimentation.

Make again?  NO taco.  Needs work, and there are just too many others to try.

Taken from with minor alterations. See the original recipe here: