A trio of seasoned black beans, pinto beans, and crunchy taco-roasted chickpeas team up to take your taco game to the next level with these tasty vegetarian roasted chickpea tacos!
My love of tacos is one for the romance books, folks.
Hot, steamy, and… errr I can’t finish that sentence without sounding like a total creep.
Tacos for president.
Though we’re both omnivores, Paul and I have refrained from buying ground anything for the past few months. If we can’d find meat that’s grass-fed, additive-free, and preferably local, there’s just no point. We’d just as soon wait for the opportunity to shop from a source we care about than pick up something for the sake of buying it.
So when taco night rolled around I promised to whip up my famous Lentil Veggie Tacos. Only I was out of lentils… and mushrooms… and ohmygosh where are my pants!?
Kidding, but I did have to brainstorm a tasty new taco filling.
Enter my awesome new triple-bean roasted chickpea tacos!
I made a big batch of my Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas and paired it with the classic combo of black beans and refried beans. Hello match made in heaven!
I even caught the chickpea scooping some out of the bowl when I wasn’t looking. Huzzah! The smashed pinto beans hold the mixture together while the whole black beans and crunchy taco roasted chickpeas add flavor and texture.
I love them! You’ll love them! Let’s make them, shall we?
Roasted Chickpea Tacos
These tasty tacos can be made vegetarian or vegan depending on your choice of toppings! Woot!
Roasted Chickpea Tacos
- 15 oz can refried pinto beans
- 1/2 cup canned/jarred diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1/4 cup enchilada sauce (homemade or store-bought)
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
- taco shells (anywhere from 4-10)
FOR THE CRUNCHY CHICKPEAS
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Use a bowl to toss together chickpeas, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt.
- So fun right? Hopefully you didn’t spill them all on the floor! Spread chickpeas out, spaced, on a foil-covered baking sheet and sprinkle with a little extra chili powder for good measure.
- Pop them in the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes on the center rack until perfectly crispy.
- Next start on legumes numero dos and tres!
- In a small pot, combine refried beans, black beans, diced tomatoes with green chiles, and enchilada sauce, and season with chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt.
- Heat on medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer while your chickpeas roast. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Chop all your toppings while your beans cook to perfection and get ready to party!
- Pile each taco shell high with the black bean mixture, salsa verde, crunchy chickpeas, and a mountain of toppings. Enjoy!
Back in my earlier days as a vegetarian, I used to think plain refried bean tacos were totally the way to go. Truth be told, they were lacking in more ways that one. The texture, flavor, and overall factplantability were just off. They needed something more.
They needed to be THIS recipe.
The combination of smashed and whole beans (with a little crunchy chickpea action for good measure) keeps the texture on point, making this healthy taco filling a perfect substitute for meat! I seriously wanted to do a little touchdown taco dance after each bite, and already cannot wait to make them again!
So… what are you waiting for? Live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday with these tasty black bean, refried bean, and chickpea tacos!
And because I know you’re going to ask, these snazzy little taco holders are optional yet AWESOME.
I totally regret linking to that page, now I want a set of matching taco plates and taco trucks. That’s the perk of being a toddler mom, right? Second childhood, FTW!
If you get a chance to try these triple-bean vegetarian roasted chickpea tacos, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
Up next? You should totally make my Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Taco Bowls – they’re pretty flipping amazing!