Vegan Chickpea Tacos with Guacamole & Purple Carrots

Spring is here. It’s been sprinkling in the mornings, sunny and a little breezy in the afternoons. On my long walks with Ruby, cherry blossoms float by in their gentle, dreamy way. Though our street is tree-lined, we often walk along Shotwell Street where we are greeted by the smell of jasmine and magnolia and surrounded by tall Edwardians.

My pitbull, Ruby, and Spring Flowers

Sometimes we stay in our immediate neighborhood, east of the mad hustle that is Mission Street, but sometimes, it’s fun to jump into the mêlée for a while. Ruby’s little nose twitches as we pass the bacon wrapped hot dog vendor and she stops for pets and belly rubs at every outdoor café.

By the time we get home, it’s time to start cooking. This Saturday, I was looking forward to making some chickpea tacos with a little twist. I have been obsessed with harissa for about a year now. I often have a jar of it in the refrigerator, but I had decided to make a green harissa for a bit of a change. I was also excited to pair these spicy vegan tacos with beer from New Belgium Brewing Co.

Vegan Chickpea Tacos with Guacamole & Purple Carrots Mighty Arrow Beer

Most people are very familiar with Fat Tire by New Belgium. The brewery was very generous in providing a stipend for beer and ingredients to develop a recipe for them. What a fun project! While, I often lean towards Belgian-style ales and trippels, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and drink something lighter. Enter spring and enter Mighty Arrow which is an American pale ale. It is bright and bubbly, with a grapefruity citrus taste and a hint of biscuit flavored malt- not quite caramel. It was just perfect for my tacos.

Now, on to the tacos- these don’t just hint at spring, they dust off the welcome mat and say, “come on in”. With citrus, cilantro, and chiles, the chickpeas are bright in flavor and in color and I love the contrast of the apple and purple carrot slaw. Then, of course, guacamole- this is my standby recipe. I hope you’ll enjoy.

  • Chickpeas Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas soaked overnight then drained
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 zucchini chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • Green Harissa Ingredients

  • 1 cup cilantro
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil
  • ½ lime, peeled and cut in half (pith removed)
  • 2 jalepenos, seeded and sliced in half
  • 1 serrano chile stem removed, sliced in half
  • ½ teaspoon of coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Slaw Ingredients

  • 3 large purple carrots shredded*
  • 1 pink lady apple shredded*
  • ½ red onion shredded*
  • 1/3 cup veganaise (grapeseed oil)
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • juice from ½ lime
  • ½ Serrano chili
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • heavy pinch of cumin seed
  • heavy pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

*I used my food processor fitted with the shredding disc to grate/shred the veggies. It is a real time saver, but a box grater will work just fine.

  • Guacamole Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro very finely chopped
  • juice of ½ lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

  • 8 Tortillas, I used green chile flour tortillas

 

  • Chickpeas Instructions

  • place chickpeas in heavy bottomed saucepan with water covering them by 2 inches and bring to a boil.
  • Lower to a simmer and add ½ teaspoon baking soda. Skim any foam from the top.
  • Simmer for about one hour until chickpeas are tender but still hold their shape, then drain and toss with green harissa and raw zucchini
  • Harissa Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to small food processor and pulse until well blended
  • Slaw Instructions

  • Add veganaise, grapeseed oil, garlic, lime juice, chilies, cilantro, and spices to small food processor or blender and blend until well combined
  • Mix with carrots, apples, and onions and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Guacamole Instructions

  • Mash lightly with a fork I like lots of big chunks of avocado.
  • Warm tortillas over your burner or in a grillpan and fill with chickpeas, guacamole, and slaw

 

Vegan Chickpea Tacos with Guacamole & Purple Carrots Mighty Arrow Beer

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FarmgirlGourmet April 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Definitely making these! I always make extra chick peas and freeze and the bag was taunting me this morning. Time for tacos! Yum! Thanks for the post!

Heather

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sabrinamodel April 26, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Ah, good timing then, Heather. I love having beans around the house. I soak them overnight, and with a few exceptions (ahem Scarlet Runners cough) most beans cook quickly if soaked for that long. I never thought of freezing plain cooked beans. Brilliant.

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Charlie April 26, 2011 at 12:46 PM

These tacos look so good! Great mix of flavors!
What does adding baking soda to chickpeas do?

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jessy April 26, 2011 at 12:49 PM

i can't believe i never thought to make tacos with chickpea filling before…. your chickpea tacos look so colorful and sound super tasty! i really love the combination of flavors you've got going on. i'm gluten-free, so i'll be making my tacos with corn tortillas, but i cannot wait to try out your recipe! thanks so much!

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sabrinamodel April 26, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Corn tortillas would also be really fantastic. If you could find blue corn, the color contrast would be so stunning on the plate (not to mention the nutrient boost). I hope you enjoy the tacos. PS I love your email address.

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Mari April 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Oh. yum. I'm totally making these soon! And slaw looks amazing.

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sabrinamodel April 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Thanks Mari. I just love looking at those purple carrots, too. What colors nature provides!

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@chowandchatter April 26, 2011 at 4:09 PM

awesome tacos and great seasoning

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sabrinamodel April 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Thanks so much, Rebecca!

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Lady WahWah April 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Sabrina, I tried these here at the restaurant and substituted our local beer, Great Cod Alemighty, quite pale and light. I'm not a vegan so I plopped some sour cream on the side with a few jalapenos. I think the staff ate most of them first !! Regards from Oz, Sharon

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Jon V April 29, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Mighty Arrow Beer… well, color me intrigued.

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