Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a wonderful recipe that I've had tucked into my cookbook for years - I wish I knew where it originally came from! The garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) are an amazing meat stand-in; honestly, you don't even miss the grease once you give these a try! This is also a very cost-effective and easy way to prepare a meal, since garbanzos are cheap and readily available. I realize this is so simple as to border ridiculous, but it's so good, you just might forgive me! :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain the garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid of one can. Rinse the beans briefly under cool running water in a strainer.
  2. Pour the beans and the reserved bean liquid into a large skillet.
  3. Add the taco seasoning.
  4. Stir and let simmer approximately 10-15 minutes. Mash 1/4 - 1/3 of the beans while cooking to thicken the mixture, if desired (they stay put in tortillas better this way).
  5. Use the garbanzos just like you would taco meat. Try tortillas and pile it high with lettuce, tomato, salsa, and cheese, or make a figure-friendly taco salad.
Most Helpful

I tend to eat a vegan diet, so I am not usually as skeptical as most. But I really questioned this. I was wrong. This was good.

timhammond May 07, 2010

These were very good. The garbanzo beans give an appealing flavor to the tacos that is a little different, but not to the point of being strange. Even my daughter who was skeptical, saying, "But I don't like beans!" cleaned her plate without being pushed. I'll be making them again frequently. Thank you!

Julie F December 07, 2009

I am amazed at how wonderful this filling is! I made it because I needed something quick and had everything on hand, but I never imagined it to be so delicious. The color, texture, and flavor are all right on. Thanks for posting this fabulous recipe!

Linorama October 23, 2009