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Though not strictly vegetarian, I cook plant-based meals often. These roasted chickpea tacos have become one of our favourite weeknight meals! Once the chickpeas are roasted in the oven or air fryer, everything comes together very quickly. My favourite part of making this recipe is how easy it is to just set out dishes of toppings on the table; Everyone can assemble their own tacos the way they like them.
This recipe leans on Indian spices for the roasted chickpeas, however, feel free to mix up the blend with whatever is in your pantry. A Mexican-inspired taco seasoning blend would also be terrific. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to change the toppings! With tacos, I think the sky is the limit for creativity. Also, I’m a big fan of using up what’s already in my fridge.
For The Roasted Chickpeas
For The Taco Assembly
Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dump the chickpeas into a colander in the sink. Rinse and drain them well then remove any loose outer shells.
Lay a tea towel out on a work surface. Spread the chickpeas out on half of the towel. Cover the chickpeas with the other half of the towel then rub them gently but firmly to help dry them out. Some of your chickpeas may get squished. It happens.
Lift back the section of the towel covering the chickpeas. Remove as many loose shells as you can (this is a personal preference and is optional).
Place the chickpeas in a bowl. Add the spices, salt, and oil. Stir well to combine.
Spread the chickpeas out in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast the chickpeas until crisp. Remove the tray from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Cool the crunchy chickpeas completely before storing in an airtight container on the counter for up to two days.
Make Air Fryer Chickpeas
I created this recipe post before I owned an air fryer. To roast chickpeas in the air fryer:
Follow the recipe to the point of roasting, then place the chickpeas in the basket of an air fryer. Cook at 400ºF (205ºC) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chickpeas are crisp.
Assemble The Roasted Chickpea Tacos
After the chickpeas are roasted, wrap the corn tortillas together in a large piece of foil and place them in the still-warm oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove the warmed tortillas from the oven. Lay them out flat and top each one with shredded purple cabbage, red onion, sliced avocado, a squeeze of lime juice, fresh cilantro leaves, and dressing(s) of choice. Eat and enjoy!
Notes & Tips
This recipe makes six tacos which, with two adults and a small child, is the perfect amount for my family. If you are serving more people, double or triple the recipe.
Chickpea tacos are best served with freshly roasted crispy chickpeas and warm corn tortillas.
Roasted chickpeas only remain crispy at room temperature for a couple of hours. To refresh, re-heat in the oven or air fryer if you have one.
I used Graves chickpeas for this recipe, however, use any canned chickpeas available to you. You can also cook dried chickpeas and roast them if you prefer.
Use any light neutral-flavoured oil you like or have on hand.
Any spice blend you like can be substituted for the spices in this recipe.
I go easy on the salt when I can, however, your palate may want more. Adjust the salt amount after roasting if you want.
Use flour tortillas if you like.
Swap in any taco toppings you prefer. Avocado, lime, and cilantro are my ride-or-dies but everything else is fair game!
More Easy Meal Ideas
Roasted Chickpea Tacos
- baking sheet if not using air fryer
- Parchment paper if not using air fryer
- air fryer if not using oven
- clean tea towel
- large mixing bowl
- measuring spoons
- rubber spatula or wooden spoon
- aluminum foil
For The Roasted Chickpeas
- One 14 to 19-ounce can of chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil , such as canola, vegetable, or coconut
- 1 teaspoon each garam masala, ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon each cumin, paprika, turmeric
- ½ teaspoon salt
For The Tacos
- 6 corn tortillas
- ½ cup purple cabbage, shredded
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 lime , cut into wedges
- fresh cilantro leaves
- dressing or sauce of your choice
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Rinse and drain the chickpeas in a colander. Remove any loose outer shells.
- Spread the chickpeas out on one half of a tea towel. Cover the chickpeas with the other half of the towel. Rubbing the chickpeas gently but firmly to help dry them. Remove as many loose shells as you can (this is a personal preference and is optional).
- Place the chickpeas in a bowl. Add the oil, spices, and salt. Stir well to combine.
- Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast the chickpeas until crisp, about 27 to 30 minutes.
- Remove the tray from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Cool the chickpeas completely before storing them in an airtight container on the counter for up to two days.
- After the chickpeas are roasted, wrap the corn tortillas together in a large piece of foil and place them in the still-warm oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the warmed tortillas from the oven. Lay them out flat and top each one with roasted chickpeas, shredded purple cabbage, red onion, sliced avocado, a squeeze of lime juice, fresh cilantro leaves, and dressing(s) of choice.