Chickpea Tacos save the day.

August 13th, 2013 · Lisa · gluten-free, Recipes, Savory · Comments

The last four months have been BUSY. I wish I could say that after hours and hours in front of the computer I have written a book, designed a new online program or at least amassed an amazing collection of prolific pen pals. But no. Instead…I have danced the daily routine of swirling through memos, twirling through spreadsheets and spinning through hundreds of emails.

But if you know me, you know it isn’t the busy that bothers…I love a full calendar, a list of tasks and the need to prioritize. It keeps me feeling full and life feeling rich in abundance.

So, when my boss approved two days of vacation last week – I planned to squish a whole lot of summer into 96 hours. I took a ferry, had a picnic, rode a 2 person quadricycle, slept under a tree, walked across the city, wandered through boutiques, got tickets for movies under the stars, read on a patio, played on a trampoline (for an hour), practiced yoga in the park until the sun set, took an afternoon nap, worked on my handstand, ate bowls of berries, signed up for stand-up paddleboard classes, watched movies, read magazines, danced and danced and danced.

But with all that fun, I neglected the normal tasks like grocery shopping and blog writing. Yesterday, when I finally thought I should prepare something to eat and post about…the pantry was a little bare. Luckily, with a can of chickpeas and some corn tortillas you can create some spectacular to share. If I had planned ahead I would have made black bean tacos and added in some mango salsa or something especially summery, but these chickpea tacos were fantastic. And their simplicity spoke to what summer really is to me…having so much fun your forget to think about making lunch, making your bed, or making memories…it all just happens.

DSC_0376 (1)Really,  this is just my usual kale and chickpea combo but with a little cumin and cilantro the whole thing is transformed into a fantastic spread that could be served at a cantina by the beach with a frosty cerveza (or a kombucha with lime).
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Chickpea Tacos


  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 14oz can chickpeas
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 leaves kale
  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Guacamole
  • lime juice to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 6-8 corn tortillas


  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and minced red onion. Sauté until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add the chickpeas to the pan and stir to combine. Add the cumin, salt and apple cider vinegar. Sauté 5-8 minutes.
  3. Destem and thinly slice the kale leaves. Set aside.
  4. For the guacamole, in a small bowl, mash together the avocado and garlic. Add the lime juice and salt and adjust to your taste.
  5. To assemble the tacos, on each tortilla portion a layer of kale, top with a few tablespoons of warm chickpeas, a dollop of guacamole, a few leaves of cilantro and slices of onion. Serve with salsa or hot sauce if desired.

¡Buen apetito!


  1. Posted August 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I did many of those things with you I did I did I did!! Just two more sleeps until we use those tickets for movies under the stars. xoxoxo

  2. Elizabeth
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Your tacos look amazing!! Our oldest adores garbanzo beans, she will want me to make her these.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  3. RockMyVeganSocks
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Wow – you squeezed a whole lot of summer into a few days, I’m very impressed! Well, this is quite the recipe you brought us after a bit of a blog break. I seem to make the same old boring taco recipes… well, I like them, so I suppose they aren’t super boring – but this sounds like a great way to shake things up =)

    • Lisa
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I tried my very best. 🙂

  4. The Peace Patch
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I’d much rather play on a trampoline than make my bed too. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the recipe…it looks superyumful!

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