Spiced Chickpea Tacos with Avocado Cream

On a busy weeknight, taco recipes to the rescue! These spiced chickpea tacos are vegetarian and vegan, and featuring an avocado cream drizzle.

Spiced Chickpea Tacos with Avocado Cream | A Couple Cooks

Is the number of couples who work in business together on the rise? According to this article, they are. And that article also mentions something interesting: it says co-partnership actually strengthens their romances and businesses. So it’s not just better for the business, it’s better for the relationship too. Win-win. Keep reading more on couples in the kitchen together, and this chickpea tacos recipe.

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A couple in business & in the kitchen

As a couple who cooks together and works together, Alex and I are 1000 percent passionate about the romantic partner team. And you don’t have to run a business together either. Sharing the kitchen can be the perfect place to hone your team work. How do we cook so often? The camaraderie of having another person in it with you too. There’s no way I could do this without Alex’s encouragement and stops as the grocery store (and I’m assuming vice versa).

How are we able to function as a business and romantic partnership? One of the big things we try to do is truly seek to understand the other person. Have you heard of the Enneagram? It’s an interesting tool that represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world. It’s endlessly fascinating to understand your own personality and how it interfaces with your partner. (If you’re wondering, I’m a 3 and Alex is a 9. We’d love to hear yours in the comments below!) Alex and I have done a few of these tests; the Enneagram and Strengths Finder are the ones that have told us the most about each other and how we interact.

And over the 10 years we’ve been married we’ve also discovered some things about each other through experience. For example, Alex is a true creative as he loves to experiment and fail. He wants to see what’s going to happen if he does something completely out of the box, even if it’s failure. For me, I was raised as a classical musician and there was a big emphasis on the right way of doing things. I was terrified of failure, or at least I figured it was advantageous to avoid failure if at all possible. Combining these two approaches to creativity has had lots of bumps along the road, but ultimately understanding both sides has made us better collaborators.

Do you work with your partner? If not, do you dream of it, or do you prefer keeping business separate?

How to make chickpea tacos

And with that, I give you an A Couple Cooks kitchen collaboration! Chickpeas in tacos? Yes this chickpea tacos with avocado cream features a filling of garbanzo beans coated in a spice mixture and sauteed quickly. The avocado cream whips up in a blender within minutes. It’s Greek yogurt-based, but below we also offer a vegan version with cashew cream. On top, there’s a quick slaw: thinly sliced cabbage mixed with lime juice and salt.

Tacos are our favorite easy dinner recipes, and these chickpea tacos come together in just about 30 minutes. We couldn’t make ends meet without some simple taco recipes, so we’re excited to have a few more in our arsenal! See below for a couple more of our favorite taco recipes.

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This chickpea tacos recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. For dairy-free and vegan (plant-based), use this Cilantro Drizzle in place of the Avocado Cream.

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Spiced Chickpea Tacos with Avocado Cream

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x


On a busy weeknight, taco recipes to the rescue! These spiced chickpea tacos are vegetarian and vegan, and featuring an avocado cream drizzle.



For the chickpeas

  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (3 cups cooked)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Fresh ground pepper

For the avocado cream (for for vegan, substitute Cilantro Drizzle)

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (1 lime)
  • 1/2 jalapeno, chopped and seeded
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small garlic clove

For the quick slaw

  • 2 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

To serve

  • 8 corn tortillas


  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas; shake off as much water as possible. In a small bowl, mix the spices. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat; add the chickpeas, spices, maple, and ground pepper saute for about 5 to 6 minutes until heated through and evenly covered in spices.
  2. For the avocado cream: Remove the avocado pit and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place all the ingredients in a blender, along with just under 1/2 cup water (slightly less if you use plain yogurt, not Greek yogurt). Blend on high until fully combined. Add a small amount of additional water as necessary to come to a creamy consistency (but not too watery).
  3. For the quick slaw, thinly slice the cabbage, then mix it with the lime juice and kosher salt.
  4. Warm the tortillas. (See How to Warm Tortillas for more!)
  5. To serve, place chickpeas on tortillas, and top with cabbage and avocado cream.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chickpea Tacos, Vegetarian Tacos, vegan tacos

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    October 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    These sound amazing! I love anything with avocado cream.


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      November 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Same here: we’re suckers for avocado cream! Thanks for the kind words!

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    October 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Ohh thank you for recommending that Enneagram quiz! I did a sample test with my partner – I’m a 6 and he’s a 9. It was so interesting reading about our types and the way they relate to our relationship.

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      November 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Oh I love hearing that you tried out the Enneagram! It’s so fun to look into: and it helps you understand people better no matter what your relationship (spouse, friend, coworker, etc!).

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    October 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I made this last night for dinner and the whole family loved it! Even our fussy 3-year-old! I used this tahini mayo (https://begoodorganics.com/blogs/subscriber-only-recipes/116558213-waldorf-kale-salad) instead of the avo cream to keep it vegan, and topped them with some cherry tomatoes…bangin’!

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      November 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      It’s our FAVORITE when we hear that picky kids liked one of our recipes: it’s the ultimate compliment! The tahini mayo sounds perfect. Thanks for making it!

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    October 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    It’s actually fun to add all those spices one by one! I made this the other day and shared it with my friends on the app Sharood! They all loved it and now they want the recipe! Credit is yours :D

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      November 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Oh I’m so glad your friends enjoyed this too! How fun. THANKS for making it!

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    November 1, 2017 at 5:02 am


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    January 26, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!! Did I tell you we LOVED it??!

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      January 26, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Oh I am so glad to hear this! THANK YOU!!!

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    ana davis
    December 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    We made these together last week and I am writing to say thank you for a delicious and pretty easy recipe. We are hooked. Could not find red cabbage so we used regular cabbage and it soaked up the lime juice really well. We also used store bought crunchy corn taco shells to save time. The spices are perfect and splitting the tasks made it very quick and easy.

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    March 22, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    This was delicious! All the picky eaters in my house enjoyed it.

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      Alex Overhiser
      March 23, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    June 30, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Loved these

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