Falafel Tacos with Chipotle Tzatziki

Falafel Tacos with Chipotle Tzatziki

Recipe: Falafel Tacos with Chipotle Tzatziki

Author: Allie Riebe, Happiness Team Member

Prep Time: 25 minutes 

Cook Time: 10 minutes 

Makes: 4 servings

I love Falafel (Ground chickpeas & spices formed into a ball and fried... yum)! I am gluten-intolerant so I always had to forgo the pita but then had an idea…FALAFEL TACOS! These tacos are a spin on the Mediterranean favorite - They include freshly fried (or baked) falafel, pickled veggies, cilantro, Hamama Microgreens, avocado & chipotle tzatziki all nestled in a gluten-free corn tortilla.

 

 

Ingredients: 

Chipotle Tzatziki: 

  • ¬Ĺ medium size cucumber, peeled, seeded, and patted dry¬†
  • 1 Cup plain greek yogurt, full fat.¬†
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped (can sub 1-2 tsp chipotle seasoning)¬†
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice¬†
  • 1 tsp fresh dill (can sub ¬Ĺ tsp dry dill)¬†

Falafel Tacos:

  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups cooked chickpeas or 1 15oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¬Ĺ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro (or mixture of fresh parsley and cilantro)
  • ¬ľ red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • juice from ¬Ĺ a lemon
  • 1 ¬Ĺ teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 ¬Ĺ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • several dashes of black pepper
  • salt to taste (I used about 3/4 tsp)
  • 3 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional, but adds a little extra oomph)
  • 4-8¬†Homemade or store-bought corn tortillas¬†¬†

Garnish:

Your favorite Hamama Microgreens (I used Super Salad mix) 
Cilantro
Mixed leafy greens
Diced avocado
Pickled Carrots/Onion/Jalapeno
Prepared Hummus


Instructions: 

Making the Chipotle Tzatziki:

  1. Slice the seeded cucumber & wrap it in a thick paper towel and squeeze it over the sink to drain out the moisture. 
  2. Combine the cucumber, yogurt, garlic, chipotle pepper, lemon juice, and dill in a food processor (You can use a blender if you prefer). Blend until smooth. 
  3. Chill for about 30 minutes in the fridge. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the sauce will become!

Making the Falafel: 

  1. Combine all falafel ingredients (chickpeas through nutritional yeast) in a food processor and process until you have a mostly smooth ball of ‚Äúdough.‚ÄĚ
  2. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough and use your hands to roll the scoop into a ball. Flatten it slightly and fry in a large dutch oven with about 2 inches of hot vegetable oil until golden brown on all sides. If you prefer to bake your falafel, place on the prepared baking sheet. You should have about 16-20 falafel.
  3. Spread prepared hummus on corn tortillas and stuff 3-4 falafel in each. Then top with pickled veggies, cilantro, mixed greens, microgreens, & diced avocado.  Drizzle the taco with the Chipotle Tzatziki Sauce & serve.

Enjoy! 

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