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Spicy Lime Chickpea Tacos with Cilantro & Lime Crema

Recently I fasted all grains and sugar for 21 days. I have given up sugar for periods of time in the past, but never all grains. I wasn’t sure how well I would survive this 21 days of the things that are most satisfying to eat.

Yes, I probably like vegetables more than the average person. I crave healthy smoothies and juicing a juice. I look forward to a lunch where I eat my stinky fermented foods and piles of arugula….but the other side of that is- I’m a baker. I love to bake cinnamon rolls and cookies, and cakes. I love to make my husband chocolate mousse and homemade donuts. I love to eat pies, and I probably bake about 6 loaves of bread a week!

All this being said, surprisingly, the fast went with ease, and you know, I felt a lot better! In the middle of it all, I decided to recreate what was one of my favorite tacos from one of my favorite restaurants, and it became my favorite meal on the fast.

My husband looks forward to dinner and so just about every day calls me and asks what’s for dinner for the evening. Well, it was my first night making these tacos. He asked me with that starving sound in his voice what was for dinner, I replied excitingly with “chickpea tacos, you know the ones like I love from Never Blue?” ……silence….”what meat are you making?” “No meat just chickpea tacos….” Well, this went one for a couple more minutes, then he realized it was chickpea tacos for dinner……

Well, they turned out amazing to me, better than I could have expected! Aubrey (my chickpea loving child) asked her dad after the meal if he liked them. He said he gave them 100%! He also said they had so many wonderful flavors! Yassssss! I got to add this to our regular meal planning! He was (barley) willing to try something new and he loved it! Are you willing to try something new, fresh, and healthy?

For another healthy Dinner, dish try Marinated Portobello Burgers!


Spicy Lime Chickpea Tacos with Cilantro & Lime Crema

These tacos are vegetarian, and even my meat-loving husband loved them! The combination of flavors really keeps things interesting.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chickpea taco recipe, chickpea tacos, lime crema recipe, vegetarian tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • teaspoon of each- paprika, cayenne, and black pepper
  • Juice of a half of a large lime.
  • Corn tortillas, I use sprouted organic Or organic tortillas like this
  • Pickled red onions
  • Cilantro lime crema
  • Optional toppings of fresh jalapeños, fresh cilantro, and fresh lime wedges.

Pickled Red Onions

  • ½ large red onion cut into thin slices
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon pink salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • cup mayo or vegan mayo like this
  • juice from ½ of a large lime
  • 1 cup fresh cut and washed cilantro
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon both salt and pepper



  • Make these first and set aside to soak in a bowl or mason jar
  • Cut onion in this slices
  • Mix together vinegar and salt and sugar and pour over onions.
  • Let set and marinate. Store in container in the refrigerator.

Spicy Lime Chickpeas

  • Open chickpeas and drain.
  • Pour into a saucepan.
  • Add spices and lime juice and warm on low heat.


  • Put all ingredients in a blender or Nutri-bullet and blend.
  • Pour into a cup or bowl and serve with tacos

Build Tacos

  • Heat your tortillas (I place them in a low heat oven for a few minutes.)
  • Add the chickpeas and red onions
  • Top with fresh cilantro and crema.
  • Add fresh sliced Jalapeños and a squeeze of fresh lime!

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