This hot and spicy chickpea chorizo is like soyrizo, minus the soy! The chickpeas get their meaty "chorizo" flavor by crumbling them in a food processor with savory sun-dried tomato and being cooked in a skillet with a hot and spicy sauce. Load up your tacos with plenty of crisp lettuce, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, and some guac to balance the heat.

Chickpea Chorizo Tacos [Vegan]

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For the Chickpea Chorizo:

  • 3/4 cups dried chickpeas, soaked 12 hours or more and minced in food processor
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, minced with chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

For the Chickpea Chorizo Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons Ancho chili powder (you can use already ground Ancho or grind your own in a coffee grinder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove powder

For the Salsa:

  • 5 large tomatoes or 3 pounds, blanched
  • 1/2 onion, blanched
  • 3 small or 1/2 pound poblano peppers, roasted
  • 5 fresh cayenne peppers, or 2 habaneros, roasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeño, stem removed, cut into 4 or 5 pieces (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup cilantro, packed

For the Vegetables:

  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 2 yellow tomato, diced
  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage, minced

For the Optional Garnish:


  1. Soak chickpeas overnight for at least 12 hours.

To Make the Salsa:

  1. Start by blanching the tomatoes and onion. Core the tomatoes and add to a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. When skin begins to crack remove them and the onion with tongs, about 1–2 minutes. Let cool and remove the skins.
  2. Roast the poblano, cayenne, and habanero on the stovetop at medium-high heat. A gas stove works the best, but it will work fine on an electric stove. Char the peppers on all sides, turning them with a pair of tongs. When good and charred, steam them for 10 minutes in a covered dish or a paper bag rolled shut to hold in the steam.
  3. Take a paper towel and rub off the char. It’s okay to leave a little of the char. Slice in half and remove the seeds and stems.
  4. Add everything to a food processor or blender and blend to desired texture.

To Make the Chickpea Chorizo:

  1. Rinse and dry the chickpeas, then add the chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes to a food processor. Turn on and process until a fine crumble. Set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients the together for the sauce. Set aside.
  3. Add the onions to a straight-sided pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté on medium-low heat for 5 minutes, add the garlic and continue cooking for 5-7 more minutes, until the garlic starts to brown.
  4. While onions are cooking, prepare the lettuce, tomatoes, radish, and cabbage.
  5. When the garlic is golden, add the chickpea mixture and the sauce to the pan and cook over medium-low heat. You have to stir the whole time, for about 10-15 minutes. It will stick together at first and then slowly turn into a fine crumble. Just keep smashing down any clumps. A thin layer will stick to the pan, but it won't burn.
  6. Serve with toppings in taco shells, as a taco bowl, or in a burrito.

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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1994 | Total Carbs: 196 g | Total Fat: 122 g | Total Protein: 51 g | Total Sodium: 6924 g | Total Sugar: 66 g Per Serving: Calories: 222 | Carbs: 22 g | Fat: 14 g | Protein: 6 g | Sodium: 771 mg | Sugar: 7 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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  1. There is a vegan chorizo called soyricho and it’s really good. I get it with potatos onions and pickeled jalapenos I highly recommend it.

  2. There is a vegan chorizo called soyricho and it’s really good. I get it with potatos onions and pickeled jalapenos I highly recommend it.

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