|Perfect taco of my omnivorous past|
Ah, the good old days..unfortunately, TV is a thing of the past. This generation will never know just how good tacos can be; the current offerings just don't compare. I guess it's possible that our memories are skewed, maybe everything feels/tastes/looks better when you're 18 years old and enjoying your first taste of freedom. In any case, as I've never attempted to re-create those crunchy pockets of perfection, I'm left with my own grown-up version.
Now, normally I fill my tacos with either re-fried beans or veggie crumbles, but last night I decided to try a highly-touted recipe by Happy Herbivore.
- 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp tamari
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 package taco seasoning mix, or equivalent of homemade version
- 8 taco shells
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Whisk tamari, juice & spices together. Pour over rinsed chickpeas and mix until evenly coated. Place chickpeas on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil, spray chickpeas lightly and place in oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, checking periodically to ensure that they are crunchy but not too brown.
- Assemble tacos with chickpeas, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado,etc.
While these were decidedly different than the tacos I'm used to, I liked 'em! The spicy coating held onto the chickpeas nicely but wasn't overpowering, and the shape of the beans added a nice texture. I did still prepare a "meaty" veggie crumble filling for Chip, not sure he's ready to venture so far from the norm; maybe next time.
What's your favorite taco filling? Do you keep it old school with "meat" fillings or do your own thing?