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Falafel Taco Boats

Recipe sponsored by Old El Paso

I have been on a falafel making kick recently and what is great about making them on your own is you can really start to customize the flavors inside the falafel. I wanted to put some falafel into a taco, so it was a no brainer to add some black beans, jalapenos and taco seasoning to the mix.

After I had the flavor profile of the falafel down, I filled the taco with normal stuff you might find in a falafel sandwich, like feta, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and tzatziki! These taco boats were so good and just what I was craving for a tasty healthy lunch!
Blend up the veggies and beans. Pulse to end up wits a crumbly texture. Shallow fry the falafel on both sides to brown. Put the falafel into the taco boats with a tomato cucumber salad, some lettuce, feta and tzatziki. The salad is just tomato, cucumber and parsley. The tzatziki is yogurt, cucumber, parsley, garlic, and lime.

Falafel Taco Boats

  • falafel
  • 1 cup Dried Chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup Dried Black Beans
  • 3 Jalapenos seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pasley
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Scallion
  • 1 tablespoon old el paso seasoning
  • tzatziki
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Minced Cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 clove Garlic grated on a microplane
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Tacos
  • 8 Old El Paso large soft taco boats
  • 1/2 head Iceburg Lettuce finely shredded
  • 2 large Tomatoes
  • 1 English Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup Crumbled Feta

Instructions

  1. Place the chickpeas and black beans in a bowl and cover with water. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest overnight.
  2. Strain and rinse the beans. Place in a food processor with the jalapeno, parsley, scallion, taco seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Pulse until the pieces are very small and when you grab some in your hand you can form a ball out of it.
  4. Pour into a bowl and mix evenly. Form puck shaped falafel with your hands.
  5. Preheat 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan. Gently place the falafel in the pan in batches. Fry the falafel flipping once to brown evenly. Remove onto a paper towel or rack to cool.
  6. Mix the tzatziki ingredients and place in the fridge to rest.
  7. Mix the tomato, cucumber, parsley, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  8. Fill the taco boats first with lettuce, then the tomato mixture, then the cheese, then falafel, then top with the tzatziki. Serve.