This meal came about while Quidee and I were discussing a dish she on her mind, which led us to the ultimate question; what makes a meal? For her the dish in question was a complete meal, it had pulses, protein, vegetables. For me, it was a side dish. It was missing something, but I couldn’t explain what. She was totally correct in her assertion of the dish being a complete meal based on the sum of its components but I needed more. And then I thought… tacos! Which really is no surprise because I think a lot about tacos. But somehow, wrapping up all that goodness in a nice tortilla transforms any simple medley into a meal.
Don’t get overwhelmed by what looks like a huge list of ingredients, most of it is stuff you already have in your pantry. In fact, this meal is relatively inexpensive and all the elements are delicious on their own and easy to prepare, so you may be inspired to use them in different ways in your own favourite dishes. I really hope you fill go full stop with this recipe and make your own chapati to use as tortillas. Its a real treat to have fresh flatbread, and its ridiculously easy.
Tropical Shrimp and Chickpea Tacos
Makes approximately 16 tacos, and takes about 1-½ hours to prepare, including cooking the chickpeas.
Smokey Chickpea Ingredients:
|1 ½ cup||Dry Chickpeas|
|1 tbsp.||Coconut Oil|
|1 tsp.||Cumin Powder|
|1 tsp.||Red Chili Powder|
|1/2 tsp.||Chipotle Powder (Optional)|
|1 tbsp.||Brown Sugar|
|1/2 cup||Vegetable broth|
|1 cup||Tomato Passata|
Chili Lime Shrimp Ingredients:
|1 tbsp.||Olive Oil|
|1 tsp.||Chili Powder|
|½ tsp.||Cumin Powder|
Mango Salsa Ingredients:
|1||Red Bell Pepper|
|1 tbsp.||Fish Sauce|
Lime Crema Ingredients:
|½ Cup||Greek Yogurt|
|16||Chapati or Small Flour Tortillas|
- As the chickpeas will take the most time to prepare, about 1 hour, begin with the chickpeas and then prepare the other elements as described below while the chickpeas are cooking
- Prepare the chickpeas.
- Rinse and soak the chickpeas overnight.
- Drain the chickpeas then add them to a large pot and cover with water. Add the bay leaves and 1 tbsp. of Salt.
- Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce and simmer until tender. About 1 hour. (Use this hour to prepare the other element.)
- Drain, remove the bay leaves and set aside.
- To a deep skillet, add 1 tbsp. coconut oil and heat on high.
- Dice the garlic and add to the hot oil.
- Reduce heat to medium, sauté the garlic 1 minute then add the cumin, chili powder, paprika, and chipotle powder.
- Heat the spices until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add the vegetable broth and stir.
- Add the passata and bring to a simmer
- Stir in the brown sugar, then salt to taste.
- Simmer for about 10 minutes, and then add the chickpeas.
- Stir to coat the chickpeas in the sauce, and remove from heat.
- Prepare the Shrimp
- Peel and devein the shrimp.
- In a bowl add all of the ingredients and toss.
- Let the shrimp marinate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat a barbeque or electric grill.
- Place the shrimp on skewers.
- Grill on high heat 1 minute on each side.
- Prepare the Crema
- In a bowl, combine the yogurt, the zest and juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper, and finely chopped garlic.
- Prepare the Chapati
- Prepare homemade chapati as per our recipe, or use ready-made tortillas.
- Prepare the Salsa
- Peel and Dice the mango.
- Dice the pepper.
- Dice half of on red onion.
- Remove the seeds from one jalapeno and cut into rings.
- Chop the cilantro.
- Combine the mango, bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine the juice of the lime, sugar and fish sauce, the pour over the vegetable a stir to combine.
- Salt to taste.
- You can assemble the tacos on a tray and serve, or bring all the elements to the table family style and let each person prepare their own tacos to their liking.