Smoky Chickpea Tacos with Avocado and Pickled Onion
Super tasty vegan or vegetarian chickpea tacos, loaded with spice and layers of flavor!
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
½ of a jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1- 14 ounce can chickpeas, drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
Lettuce leaves or baby greens
Fresh cilantro leaves
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
4 ounces crumbled feta or goat cheese
1/2 English or Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
1 or 2 limes, halved
Make the pickled onion: Dissolve the salt and sugar with the vinegar in a bowl. Add the onion and toss around to coat. Let stand 15 minutes to soften.
Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Cook the jalapeno, garlic and a pinch of salt a few minutes until softened and fragrant. Stir in the paprika and stir 30 seconds, then add the chickpeas and ¼ cup water. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and mash the chickpeas coarsely with a potato masher or wooden spoon. Taste the chickpeas and season with more salt if needed.
Heat the tortillas directly over a medium gas flame on the stovetop until lightly browned, about 30 seconds per side (use a pair of tongs). Stack on a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm. If you don't have a gas stove, heat the tortillas one by one in a small heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
Make each taco with some of the the chickpeas, lettuce, cilantro, avocado, onion, cheese and cucumber. Squeeze lime juice over each taco and serve.
The chickpea filling makes enough for about 6 soft tacos. If you're feeding a crowd, double the recipe.
Omit the cheese to make vegan tacos.
Recipe by Familystyle Food at https://familystylefood.com/smoky-chickpea-tacos/