Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Best (Vegetarian) Tacos Ever...

The Smurfs winter break was three weeks this year, so a few days after New Years we packed up and headed for warmer weather...the beach? Florida? California? Nope...Texas! We definitely don't take your run of the mill family vacations...the kids have never been to Disney and we don't go to the beach all that much. My theory is that there are a lot of places I want to see in this great, big world of ours and it's not going to happen if we run to the beach or Orlando every chance we get. Last year for spring break, when all of our friends were packing their swimsuits, we packed our snow bibs and headed out west for a week of skiing and snow...

Our return trip didn't go exactly as planned when our airline overbooked our flight. While most people complain and groan when this happens, we took the bump, and were rewarded with another day in Colorado and eight round trip tickets to ANYWHERE they fly...oh yeah...Mr T. was fretting if we had made the right decision, and I was doing my happy dance. Everyone knows how expensive it is for a family of four to fly.

Fast forward eight months, and we were on our way to San Antonio, excited to catch up with old friends and soak up some wonderful culture. We walked a ton, saw even more, and ate our way through this great city.

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And while I know I will never eat guacamole as good as Boudros, I did come home and find a great recipe for Roasted Chic Pea Tacos. One of the BEST recipes I have ever made, it's a must have for the recipe book. I'm not a huge fan of meat (blah) and generally use black beans on my tacos, so I was super excited to have something new to try. Check these out...they are the best things you will ever put in your mouth!!

Rachel :)

Our favorite way to eat chickpeas and quite possibly the best tacos ever.
Ingredients (8 tacos)
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. onion powder
  • 1/4 t. dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • 1 T. lime juice
  • 2 T. water
  • One 14 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 8 organic taco shells (i.e. Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Taco trimmings: shredded cabbage, tomato, guacamole, non-dairy (i.e. Daiya) or organic cheese, etc.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, cumin, salt, lime juice and water.
  • Add chickpeas and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place chickpeas on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring once during cooking, until chickpeas are slightly crispy.
  • Prepare taco shells according to package directions. Fill with chickpeas and desired toppings.
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Just Spiff It said...

Can't believe you mentioned Boudros! We love that place and always get their salmon tacos - and make them here at home also. I want to try this recipe you posted -
Thanks - you have a great blog.

Accessorize and Organize said...

Oh my gosh...I was in a food coma when we left Boudros!! We ate the best meal ever!!!

Morgan said...

Thank you so much for sharing this meal idea! I'm always on the lookout for new vegetarian meal ideas and this looks awesome. =)

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