The “Vaco”

I’m obsessed with tacos – not just because I live in Texas, but because they’re all pretty “Damn Good” – Torchy’s. I’m also slightly obsessed with making not-so-healthy meals into healthy works of art. That being said, I created the “Vaco”. Simply put, it’s a vegan taco with all the same spicy and queso-y goodness.

Pro tip: If you’re not a vegan, which you’re not – sub chickpeas with some chicken or fish – spice the same, and sleep well knowing you were still much healthier today than you were last night. 

  • 1 package of your favorite corn or almond flour tortillas 
  • 1 can of drained and washed chickpeas (or fresh, up to you)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of garlic powder + cumin + turmeric + Mediterranean sea salt  
  • 1/4 tbsp cayenne + chili flakes (I like it spicy) 
  • a couple cracks of black pepper 
  • 2 baby avocados 
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 chopped jalapeño
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • see VEGAN QUESO recipe for added queso option

*keep in mind, you can spice this however you like – I personally use all the spices I prefer but dependent on your taste buds you can add a dash, splash, and pinch of just about anything until it tastes on point.


Sauté chickpeas in saucepan with olive oil and half of each serving of spice until tender (about 5 minutes on medium heat).

Mash avocados, the remainder of the spices, jalapeño, squeezed lime and half the cilantro in mixing bowl until smooth (or desired consistency). Give it a taste and add more salt accordingly – this is obviously guacamole.

Set oven to 250F and warm tortillas on each side for 30 seconds.

Layer the tortilla starting with the chickpeas and guac. Spoon halved tomatoes and a dollop of queso to follow. Finish with a sprinkle of onion and cilantro to top it off – add a dash of chili powder if desired.

Voila – vegan AF.


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