Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans? They are actually the very same thing. It is just a matter of word preference or even a regional dialect.
No matter what term you use, chickpeas are a versatile legume most well-known for its use in hummus. I have been using chickpeas in so many other ways, like this chicken and chickpea stew. Or simply tossed into my lunch salad for a quick hit of protein. Dried chickpeas are inexpensive and easy to make but take a commitment of time from start to finish. I love the convenience of using canned chickpeas. Ready anytime when I am.
I recently developed a recipe for tacos using chickpeas in place of meat. It is quick to come together, with most ingredients coming straight from the pantry. Use this meatless mixture as you would taco meat in taco shells or tortillas, adding your favorite toppings. A store-bought taco seasoning mix can be used, or I have a recipe you can use to make your own. This earlier post also has a great recipe for taco ranch dressing that is delicious on the chickpea tacos.
The recipe below can easily be doubled to feed a larger crowd on your next Taco Tuesday.
* Store-bought taco seasoning is fine or use my recipe.