25 Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas

Arm yourself with a humble can of chickpeas and you’ve got the makings for everything from a creamy dip to hearty meat-free mains. They are so wonderfully versatile. You can roast chickpeas and add them to salads, use them as a substitute for croutons in soups, or turn them into a simple snack with big flakes of sea salt.

There is nothing the mighty chickpea can’t do. These 25 recipes prove it, and will convince you to always have a couple of cans stashed away in the pantry.

Appetizers and Snacks

There’s no shortage of ways to turn chickpeas into a meal, but they also make a totally tasty (and filling!) snack, whether you roast them, blend them into a creamy dip, or bake them into a sweet treat.

Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Salad(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)


Protein-rich chickpeas are always a good idea for bulking up simple salads, but don’t forget that they’re really great on their own. Make chickpeas the star of the recipe and you have an instant meal-worthy salad on your hands.

Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Soups and Sandwiches

Here’s a trick for when you’re using chickpeas for a sandwich or wrap: Mash about half of them with a fork (or in the food processor) and keep the remainder whole. The mixed texture is great, and it makes your meal less messy.

Moroccan-Spiced Chickpea Bowls(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Hearty Meals

This lineup of wholesome and hearty meat-free mains shows you just how versatile chickpeas really are.

What are your favorite recipes that involve chickpeas? Anything unique or unusual?