Pigeon Pea Tacos al Pastor with Coconut Lime Slaw

This hearty, meat-free twist on classic tacos al pastor features a protein-packed filling of spiced pigeon peas, tomatoes and pineapple paired with a cooling coconut-lime cabbage slaw.

Serves: 6
Serving Size: 2 tacos
20 mins Prep time 6 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
6 mins Cook time
  • For the Slaw, mix lime juice, olive oil and honey in medium bowl until well blended. Add cabbage, coconut and cilantro; toss to coat. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • For the Tacos, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add tomatoes and pineapple; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Add pigeon peas and seasonings; cook and stir until heated through. Serve pigeon pea mixture in warm taco shells topped with Coconut Lime Slaw.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tips:

• To substitute dried pigeon peas for the canned peas, rinse, soak and cook a heaping 1/2 cup of dried pigeon peas according to package directions until tender. Drain peas. Prepare recipe as directed using the pre-cooked pigeon peas. 

• Pigeon peas are considered a pulse, in the legume family, that range from green to brownish in color. However, when skinned and split, they are yellow in color and known as Toor dal or Toovar dal. Pigeon peas have a pleasant, slightly sweet, nutty taste. They are commonly found dried or canned in most groceries, Latin and Indian markets or online specialty stores.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 271Calories: 271Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 304mgProtein: 6g
  • Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 6gCarbohydrate: 37g