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Not Your Usual Taco Recipe



The other night, my sister texted me to let me know she was making vegetarian tacos for dinner. Which is awesoem for two reasons:

1) She isn’t even vegetarian! But she does make veggie meals once in awhile. Shes dabbling in it 😉

2) It reminded me – I hadn’t made those in forever! And I absolutely love them. Plus, I have a few secrets up my sleeve when I make them.

I like to forgo the normal taco seasoning and fake-meat crumbles, and use a few special, secret ingredients. The secret: chickpeas!! Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, make the perfect base for a meaty textured dish AND they are full of wonderful, veggie protein. This is one of my recipes; chock full of protein and spice. It’s super easy, and sure to please even the non-vegheads in your life.

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Chickpea Tacos with Homemade Seasoning:

This serves about 2-3 people, depending on your portions sizes and you will power for seconds…thirds…

1 can chickpeas

1 avocado

4 leaves romaine lettuce

1 small tomato

1 lime (for juice)

¼ onion (your choice!)

Salsa as desired

2-4 Brown Rice wraps

2-3 tbsp Chili powder

1tsp cayenne

1tsp paprika

½ tsp cumin

2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast

1 tsp salt (more or less as you prefer)

¼ cup water

*optional daiya cheese

Drain and rinse can of chickpeas. Pulse in a blender until lightly chopped – leave them in a “crumbled meat” texture.  Place in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Add seasonings and water. Stir together until incorporated. Adjust seasonings as needed. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. *I also sprinkled some daiya cheese on mine.

Place on a warm wrap and top with avocado, salsa, tomatoes, onions, and any other veggies you like!

Enjoy this one. It’s spicy, salty, and simple. Best combination around 😉

What is your favorite “meat: to use in your veggie tacos? What kind of spices do you like? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear your ideas.

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Peace and love,



Author: thehouseofhealthy

Hi! I'm Jessi Andricks, the founder of The House of Healthy. My passion is helping people regain their health and energy through whole, plant-based food; mind-body fitness; and holistic lifestyle habits. I offer one-on one, group, and online health coaching services. Check out my recipes and workouts and sign up for the weekly newsletter, where I feature even more healthy living tips and programs. My goal is to help you to live the happy, healthy life you deserve!

2 thoughts on “Not Your Usual Taco Recipe

  1. Love this! I just discovered your blog last week and now I so look forward to your blog posts and other posts via Facebook and Pinterest. Keep them all coming ! I have typically just used black beans and/or pinto beans and rice as taco stuffers or the meatless crumbles as veg options. But I will definitely give the chicpeas a try next time. So is the email newsletter different than what you post on the blog?

    • Thanks! So glad you are enjoying your find 🙂 I also enjoy black beans, pinto beans and rice with veggie tacos – quinoa works well as a sub for rice to mix things up a little. The email newsletter will recap the blogs of the past week (in case you miss one!) and also add extra tidbits you can only get if you are on the newsletter. Thanks again!

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