Falafel Taco Boats

    Spicy homemade falafel in a taco boat with cucumber tomato salad, shredded lettuce, feta, and tzatziki.

    Ingredients

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

    Notes

    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.