Vegan tacos with chickpeas are a super quick, easy and tasty taco recipe for lunch or dinner. Protein-packed chickpeas, juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro combine on a bed of crispy baby spinach leaves to make a simple and healthy taco filling.
No need for waste, use the chickpea water to make a smoky vegan aquafaba mayonnaise flavoured with smoked paprika, cumin and lime. You’ll have these vegan tacos on the table and ready to eat in only 15 minutes!
It’s no surprise that everyone loves tacos. What could you not put in a taco? Got a bunch of odds and ends in your fridge? Make tacos!
Our local veggie store sells huge bunches of cilantro for one-fifth the price of the supermarkets, so I always go there. Unfortunately, it’s usually more than I need for any given recipe and I’ve got to come up with cilantro recipes for the rest of the week. Good thing I like cilantro enough to name my blog after it.
So with one of these huge bunches of cilantro leftover from my curried black-eyed peas recipe and threatening to go bad in my fridge, I came up with this recipe for vegan tacos with chickpeas.
Nothing could be simpler, really. Just drain a can of chickpeas (reserve that liquid for later), mush them up with your hands a bit – chickpeas do have a tendency to roll away on you, and toss with some quartered cherry tomatoes, minced red onion and chopped cilantro. Now for the good part: the sauce.
I love smoky flavours (have you tried my vegan pho with smoky marinated mushrooms? OMG, so good!), so it’s no surprise that I wanted to make a smoky aquafaba mayonnaise for my vegan tacos.
What’s aquafaba, you ask? Remember I told you to reserve the water from your can of chickpeas – that’s aquafaba. It has properties that allow it to act like an egg white and is useful for all manner of vegan recipes from aioli to meringue pies to mousse cakes.
This basic vegan mayonnaise recipe is a great base on which to add any seasoning you like, in this case smoky paprika, cumin and lime juice, but vegan sriracha mayo is great too. Got some favorite herbs and spices? Throw them in and create a tasty new sauce for your vegan tacos!