G Is for Goya
So, does Goya really make the best canned chickpeas around? We tasted a slew of the most widely available cans of chickpeas to find out.
1. The Salty One: Progresso
These beans were quite salty, even after a good drain and rinse under cool water. They did, however, have a nice bite to them and a slight nuttiness, but it was hard to get over the salt level just eating them as is.
2. The Extra-Firm One: Eden Organic
While firm beans are good, these were a little too firm, meaning that some of the beans tasted gritty rather than soft. They also had more of a canned flavor than the rest.
3. The Extra-Soft One: Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s went in the opposite direction, with the beans cooked almost too long that some were easily crushed — even when I gently rinsed them. This is definitely not an issue when making hummus, but it could be a bother when making a bean salad.
4. The Extra-Large One: Goya
These golden-hued chickpeas were definitely the largest of the bunch — in fact, they almost looked fake — but their flavor was even (not too salty or canned-tasting). And they were neither too soft or too firm.
5. The Well-Rounded One: Pastene
Smaller than the Goya beans, these chickpeas were equally as balanced. They had a nice nutty taste to them and weren’t too salty. They were a little soft, but still held their shape.