These amazing falafel tacos are filled with baked falafels and veggies, then topped with a creamy tahini sauce. A simple yet delicious weeknight dinner that is ready in an hour!
These falafel tacos have been a hit in our household lately! They are filling and hearty, yet easy to make. They are also incredibly versatile, and I love experimenting with different toppings, from the classic fresh tomato salsa to vegan sour cream and vegan cheeses.
💚Why you will love this recipe
- Packed with flavor, filling and are a crowd-pleaser
- Meal prep friendly - most components of this recipe can be made ahead of time
- A good source of plant-based protein
- Healthy, packed with veggies, and vegan-friendly
🍅What you will need
📃Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Tortillas - Both corn and regular flour tortillas will work in this recipe. You can also try making your own red lentil tortillas or chickpea tortillas.
- Falafels - I am using this baked falafel recipe, but you could also use store-bought mixes or frozen ones to make the process quicker.
- Tahini - I recommend getting good-quality Arabic tahini, if possible. It makes a huge difference!
🔪How to make
Start by making the falafels following this baked falafel recipe.
Make the tahini sauce by combining tahini, lemon juice, salt, and enough water to thin it.
Heat the tortillas according to the instructions on the package.
To assemble, fill your tortillas with veggies, then add 2-3 falafels into each taco. Top it with toppings of choice, and drizzle on the tahini sauce. The falafel tacos are ready to be enjoyed!
✔️Tips for making falafels
For more detailed instructions on making falafels, head on to my baked falafels recipe. But here are a few tips for making the perfect falafels -
- You can also cook the falafels in an air fryer preheated to 180C/350F for 13-15 minutes instead of baking them.
- You must use uncooked, soaked chickpeas, not canned chickpeas, to make falafels!
- Allow time for the falafel mixture to chill and firm up before shaping. This helps prevent them from falling apart.
- I highly recommend doubling or even tripling the ingredients to make a larger batch of falafels, so you can make falafel tacos whenever you want! They also work well in salads, with hummus, or even as a healthy snack.
Quicker version - Opt for frozen falafels or store-bought falafel mixes to cut down on prepping and cooking time.
Tortillas - You could swap tortilla with a wrap or pita like in my falafel hummus pita sandwich.
Gluten-free - Simply opt for gluten-free flour tortillas or corn tortillas.
Falafel bowl - You can also make falafel bowls instead of tacos! Serve warmed pitas, falafels, and some rice over a bed of greens, and top it off with some hummus like this paprika hummus and tahini sauce.
🧀Tacos topping ideas
Here are some fun toppings you could top your falafel tacos with -
- Veggies - shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped red onion, cucumber, pickled onion, corn kernels
- Condiments - Tzatziki, baba ganoush, hummus, regular or vegan sour cream
- Chopped fresh herbs - cilantro, parsley, dill, mint
- Regular or vegan cheese - feta, shredded cheese
❄️Meal prep tips
Although these falafel tacos are best enjoyed immediately, most components can be prepped ahead of time.
Falafels - They will keep well in the fridge for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Hence, I recommended multiplying the ingredients to make a larger batch so you will have leftovers for another round of tacos.
Vegetables - You can also pre-chop your veggies on the weekends and store them in separate containers. They will last about 3-4 days.
Tahini sauce - Can be refrigerated for up to a week. Just note that it will get thicker the longer it is stored, but you can quickly thin it out with water or lemon juice when ready to use.
❔Commonly asked questions
Falafel made using cooked or canned chickpeas will be mushy and tend to fall apart easily. This is because they are too moist to hold together properly. On the other hand, raw, soaked chickpeas will yield perfect falafels that are light and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Falafel is another one of those naturally vegan foods, as they are mainly made from chickpeas, herbs, and spices. However, do note that they are often served with a yogurt-based sauce or condiment in restaurants that are not vegan.
Cooked falafels can be frozen for up to 3 months. Simply transfer cooled falafels into a freezer bag or storage container before freezing.
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Easy Falafel Tacos
- 1 batch baked falafel recipe (or frozen falafels/store-bought mixes)
- 6 tortillas corn or flour (use gluten-free if needed)
- 1 red onion diced
- 12 cherry tomatoes quartered
For tahini sauce
- ¼ cup tahini
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons water or enough to thin
- pinch of salt or to taste
- Start by making the falafels. (Note: The dried chickpeas need to be soaked overnight.)
- Make the tahini sauce by combining all ingredients needed.
- Heat your tortillas according to package instructions.
- Assembly tacos by filling tortillas with vegetables. Place 2-3 falafels in each tacos, and drizzle on tahini sauce. Serve and enjoy immediately.
- To make the process quicker, you can choose to use frozen falafels, or make them out of premade falafel mixes.
- Feel free to add any toppings that you fancy! Some great addition includes vegan feta, condiments like hummus and tzatziki, and chopped fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley.
Nutrition info calculated is just a rough estimate and is provided as a courtesy. Bear in mind that value will vary based on variables like specific brand or type of product used. To obtain the most accurate representation, it is highly recommended that you calculate it on your own with the actual amount and type of ingredient used.