24 Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas

24 Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas

Ariel Knutson
Jul 3, 2018

Chickpeas are such a versatile ingredient. 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. And of course, you can always purée them to create silky-smooth hummus.

Is there anything the mighty chickpea can't do? These 24 recipes highlight this kitchen staple in all its varied and delicious roles. They'll 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.


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.

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.

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?

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