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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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chickpea taco recipe, chickpea tacos, lime crema recipe, vegetarian tacos
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp 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 jalapeƱos, fresh cilantro, and fresh lime wedges.

Pickled Red Onions

  • 1/2 large red onion cut into thin slices
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • 1/3 cup mayo or vegan mayo like this
  • juice from 1/2 of a large lime
  • 1 cup fresh cut and washed cilantro
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp 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 JalapeƱos and a squeeze of fresh lime!