25 Easy Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas

25 Easy Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas

Chickpeas are one of those pantry staples that we almost always have on hand. If you don't have a can or two lurking in a cabinet somewhere, add it to your grocery list immediately. A great vegetarian source of protein, the key to the vegan miracle ingredient aquafaba, and all-around delicious, chickpeas are indispensable. If you're still not convinced, take a look at these 25 incredible, versatile recipes — including desserts! — that you can make with a humble can of chickpeas.

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1. Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

Set your slow cooker in the morning and you can come home to this flavorful, fragrant curried stew after work. It's perfect for that first day you have to wear a jacket when leaving the house.

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2. How To Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas in the Oven

Yes, you might consider chickpeas a health food, but once you try this recipe, you'll see that they can be a snack food too. Once you master this technique, we bet you'll be making popcorn a lot less frequently.

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3. Chickpea Salad with Red Onion, Sumac, and Lemon

If you're looking for a new flavor to add to your repertoire, make it sumac. This spice plays well with onions and brings a bright, tart flavor with just a hint of muskiness. It's the perfect addition to a chickpea salad.

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4. Tomato Chickpea Salad

If you're lucky enough to find some late-season ripe tomatoes, make this dish immediately. The slightly crispy, crunchy chickpeas are the perfect foil for the ripe tomatoes.

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5. Chickpea Nuggets

Not to be confused with falafel, these chickpea nuggets scale back the spice to make a vegetarian lunch or snack that even your kids will eat. We challenge you not to steal a couple off their plates.

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6. Chickpea of the Sea "Vegetarian Tuna Fish" Sandwiches

For vegetarians or vegans who miss the taste of tuna fish sandwiches, try this recipe immediately.

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7. Scrambled Chickpea and Spinach Breakfast Pitas

Tofu isn't the only ingredient that can stand in for eggs in a scramble. This make-ahead vegan breakfast sandwich is deceptively delicious. Just make sure you get the texture right by mashing half of the chickpeas before mixing them in with the rest of the ingredients.

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8. Green Pea and Chickpea Falafel

While standard falafel might have just garbanzo beans and spices, we like adding another legume to the mix as well. These falafel pieces get their bright hue from the green peas added in.

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9. Chickpea Waldorf Salad

How do you make the classic Waldorf salad even better? By turning it into a full meal instead of a side dish with the addition of some fiber-rich chickpeas.

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10. Garlicky Chickpea and Fennel Salad with Baked Goat Cheese

One of the best things about chickpeas is that they are so versatile. Their mild flavor is the perfect backdrop for stronger contenders like fennel. And not that you need a reminder, but don't skip the baked goat cheese — it's magic.

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11. Sweet Potato Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip

Somewhere between a veggie burger and falafel, these sweet potato and chickpea patties exist. Serve them with a salad or stuff them in a pita — anything goes, as long as you've got the Sriracha-yogurt sauce.

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12. Warm Chickpea Salad with Cumin & Garlic

This spicy salad with cumin seeds and red pepper flakes will give your normal lunch routine the flavor jolt it's been missing.

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13. Alice Waters' Chickpea and Broccoli Rabe Soup

You can use dried chickpeas or canned chickpeas for this recipe — whatever you have on hand. It's the perfect example of a recipe that can be customized to your taste and cooking style.

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14. Chopped Kale, Farro & Chickpea Salad

Talk about a superfood salad! All you need to do is add some dried cranberries to check all off all your boxes.

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15. Curried Chickpea and Spinach Baked Potato

If the extent of your baked potato toppings are sour cream and cheese, it's time for you to branch out. This sautéed chickpea and spinach concoction has strong curry flavors and plenty of black pepper and garlic as well.

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16. Yotam Ottolenghi's Chickpea Sauté with Greek Yogurt

We love just about every Ottolenghi recipe that we try, and this one is no exception. While the recipe calls for Swiss chard, if you are making this out of chard season try a mix of spinach and arugula or your favorite kind of kale.

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17. Chickpea Pita Pockets with Greens and Minted Yogurt

Chickpeas are one of our favorite lunchtime solutions. They are easy to pour out of the can, dress with a few other ingredients, and stuff into a pita or a wrap. It's almost as easy as making a PB&J.

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18. Chickpea, Barley, and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta

Beef up your zucchini noodles by adding in some chickpeas and barley. It takes those spaghetti stand-ins from a side dish to a main course.

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19. How To Make Baked Falafel in the Oven

If you normally only eat falafel at restaurants because you don't want to get involved in deep-frying, try this baked falafel recipe. It's a million times easier, and you can even count on it being easier to clean up after.

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20. Sweet Potatoes with Chickpea Tomato Sauce

Sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and tomato sauce might seem like an unlikely trio of ingredients, but that's only until you try them together. Then you'll wonder why you haven't been making this recipe all along.

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21. Cheetos-Style Chickpeas

You might not believe us when we tell you this snack is vegan — especially after you taste them — but this recipe makes use of nutritional yeast, that good ol' vegan go-to ingredient. It really works wonders here.

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22. Mediterranean Chickpea and Feta Wraps

This quick lunch is packed with flavor, thanks to the feta, roasted red peppers, and cucumbers that get stuffed inside with the chickpeas.

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23. Zucchini-Chickpea Fritters with Red Onion Jam

Another falafel-esque chickpea and veggie patty, yes, but this one comes with a couple of benefits. First, it's a great way to use up some of that excess zucchini you have. And second, red onion jam. You read that correctly: jam. It's certain to become your new favorite condiment.

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24. Tofu Chickpea Stir-Fry with Tahini Sauce

You normally see chickpeas and tahini together in hummus recipes, but this recipe combines them in a new way. The perfectly crispy tofu and chickpeas are ideal over your favorite grain bowl, and the salty, savory tahini sauce gives everything just the right depth of flavor.

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25. Chickpea Blondies

We promised that chickpeas could be used for desserts, too, and blondies are our proof. The chickpeas and a bit of their liquid get blended with butter (or butter substitute if you want to make them vegan) to replace the eggs in a traditional blondie recipe. Make them for your friends and family and see if anyone notices a difference.

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