Couscous Tacos

Here is another throwback recipe from my college days. This one is from senior year when there were 6 of us living in an apartment together. Two of my roommates were tremendous cooks and would often create recipes that we would then all take part in making on nights when we would eat together.

This one was a favorite. We were a pretty healthy bunch of girl, even back then, and this was a pretty healthy recipe which made it a regular in our apartment. Danielle, my roommate, came up with this one and after all these years, it is still one of my favorite meals (partly because it is delicious, and partly because I enjoy the memories).

*I need to add in a note here and say that we went to The University of New Hampshire which is and was as a whole, pretty progressive on the health front. So I am not sure that I had the “typical” college experience.

Anyway, I am still in love with this recipe. It makes a LARGE amount and so it is great for leftovers all week long.

Basically the couscous serves as a substitute for taco meat and, depending on which seasoning you use, it’s a vegan meal too!

Couscous Tacos


one box of couscous (or 1 1/2 cups of dry, plain, couscous)

one small can (6oz.) of tomato paste

one packet of taco seasoning (or the equivalent of one packet if you make your own)

all of the sides that you would usually put on tacos (my favorites are avocado, sour cream, and salsa!)


Step 1: Make the box of couscous according to the directions. For 1 1/2 cups dry couscous, boil 3 cups of water. Add in the dry couscous and cover. Take off of the heat. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add in the tomato paste and taco seasoning and stir. Make sure to get all of the couscous from the bottom of the pan stirred in.

Step 3: Make your taco and ENJOY! 

Sometimes we enjoy couscous tacos with tortillas, other times I just enjoy making a good old taco salad with lettuce and all of the other sides as a bit of a healthier option.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!


*Make sure to check out Motivation Monday hosted by A Life in Balance and Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom for more great motivational posts!

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. This looks wonderful. I love to make inventive tacos. Lately, I have been putting arugula and asiago cheese on them- YUMMY!

  2. I love couscous but never thought to turn it into tacos! That’s genius! And sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing the memories – and the recipe. 😉
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  3. The combo seems odd but you never know how a recipe my turn out until you taste it. One think is for sure, you can save money not using meat.
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  4. These look yummy! I wonder if I can get my hubs to eat it though :)
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  5. Looks yummy, we’re going to have to try that soon. I love Mexican food and think I have finally convinced my wife that nachos are a meal :-) I made a very healthy taco salad this weekend and will have to blog about it soon (and make it again to get some pictures). Organic lettuce, tomatoes and bean sprouts, plus cumin, shredded cheese, black olives and some salsa.
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  6. This looks perfect for my family! We love tacos and couscous. Pinning!
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  7. Oh this sounds delicious! And wonderful. We’ve cut down rice due the arsenic, so I love this substitute!
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  8. What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it!
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  9. Pinning this for a future meal plan. Yum!
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  10. Mmm, looks delicious! I’m a new follower from the Green Moms FB group. I’m glad I found your blog and look forward to reading more:)
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  11. Danielle D. says:

    Hey Lauryn!! Thanks for reminding me about this!! I miss the Gables!!! We had so much fun…Natalie and I really lucked out getting to live with you guys that year!! I will have to make these again soon! Lent is coming up, it will have to be a Friday dinner night!!!

  12. I’ll definitely give this a shot sometime. Pinning it now. :)
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  13. I’ll definitely give this a shot sometime. Pinning it now. :)
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  14. I made the tacos last night and the hubby loved them. I was reading my earlier post and I was like, “Were you typing drunk “. I need to proof more LOL.
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  15. I love couscous, and I love tacos….I can’t wait to try this. It looks delish!

  16. Looks good! I love the Vine video, too! I need to try working with that.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday.
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