I get so excited when I find plant-based recipes that are easy, healthy and my whole family loves. This is one of those recipes. I will make it again and again!
Even if you do not consider yourself vegetarian or vegan, it is still a great thing to incorporate more plant foods in one’s diet. Even one meat-free dinner a week will help your health, and your budget! Beans are much cheaper than meat!
This recipe is from Happy Herbivore. She has done it again with a fast and easy recipe that will find it’s way into my regular rotation recipe box.
All you do is drain a can of garbanzo beans (or chickpeas if you will) and then toss them with taco seasoning, tamari (or soy sauce), & lemon juice. Then roast.
While my beans were roasting, I decided to use up some of the veggies I had on hand and sliced them thin with a mandolin slicer, then softened them up in my grill pan. I added a little grill seasoning (21 Salute Seasoning from Trader Joes.) This added a layer and texture that really made these tacos.
When the beans are done, they are nice and crunchy on the outside. I pulsed them in the food processor for a minute, as suggested by others who commented on this recipe. Leaving the beans round can make for very messy eating. This also gave them what I consider a “meaty” texture.
I did make sure I saved a few whole beans out for snacking. My sister-in-law recommended this recipe to me and said that her husband just ate the leftover beans as a healthy, crunchy snack. Yum!
Another way to eat this is wrapped up in lettuce. This was super good and refreshing lunch that I made the next day with leftovers.
Garbanzo Bean Taco “Meat”
15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 recipe taco seasoning (I used 1/2 of a Trader Joes Taco Seasoning packet. Can use 3 tbsp of this recipe if desired)
Preheat oven to 400. Toss tamari, lemon juice and seasonings. Add beans and toss until coated. Place on a tray, spray with oil. Bake 20-25 minutes until crunchy.
Assemble tacos with lettuce and tomatoes and fajita vegetables (optional) & enjoy!