Elevate your meals with these delicious canned chickpea recipes!
Chickpeas are the hidden superstar of the pantry. They’re high in protein and fiber while keeping calories low.
Plus, they’re so affordable! You can whip up these tasty recipes without making much of a dent in your bank account.
So, dust off that can of neglected chickpeas, and let’s whip up some fantastic canned chickpea recipes!
20+ Best Canned Chickpea Recipes
Homemade hummus tastes much better than store-bought and is more affordable! And if you have a can of chickpeas, you’re halfway there to this delicious and nutritious snack.
This recipe combines chickpeas with the flavorful additions of garlic, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. It’s wonderful when paired with a pita or a plate of fresh veggies.
Think of this chickpea and tahini salad as a vegetarian version of chicken salad. The chickpeas add that creamy protein-packed bite with crunchy add-ins like celery, pecans, and red onions.
Add a cool and creamy tahini base, and layer it generously between two slices of bread!
This rustic Italian chickpea soup is the perfect way to end a cold day.
It features rustic veggies like tomatoes, celery, carrots, and onion with tender chickpeas in a hearty tomato base. And like any good Italian dish, you can’t forget the pasta!
Serve this hearty soup with crust bread for dipping or a simple grilled cheese sandwich.
Chickpea curry is one of my favorite comfort foods because it explodes with flavor. Plus, the recipe is as easy as cracking open a can of chickpeas!
The curry base is so thick and hearty, with plenty of fire-roasted tomatoes, onion, spinach, and garlic. The tomatoes offer a meaty bite, while the chickpeas bring on the protein.
Serve it over a bed of fluffy white rice, and don’t forget the naan!
This peanut noodle salad with chickpeas is the perfect summer dish, especially when cucumbers are in season.
Smashed cucumbers are the perfect vehicle for all those bright Asian spices and add such a wonderful crunch to this summertime dish.
Pair it with tender chickpeas and pasta, and serve it cold.
I love falafel because it’s so versatile. Pop fresh falafel on a sandwich, or pile them on a salad for a flavor boost. And this recipe for canned chickpea baked falafel doesn’t disappoint.
It combines bright Mediterranean flavors with simple (and affordable) additions like canned chickpeas, shallots, and garlic.
This vegan chickpea scramble is a breakfast that will have you excited to get out of bed in the morning. It has protein-rich chickpeas with garlic, onion, peppers, and tomatoes in a hearty egg scramble.
Say goodbye to boring scrambled eggs and try this rustic vegan chickpea scramble this morning!
If you’ve gone vegetarian but miss the sweet and sour bite of General Tso’s chicken, recreate the magic with this recipe! Chickpeas are an excellent stand-in for chicken because they’re protein-rich and soak up the sauce like a dream.
This recipe is just as sweet, spicy, sour, and tangy as any takeout dish but swaps chicken for chickpeas.
Serve it over a bed of rice, and give your local Chinese takeout the night off.
You need a quick snack but are short on time and ingredients. Enter 5-minute spicy chickpeas. If you have a stray can of chickpeas in your cupboard and some spices in your spice rack, you are almost there.
This recipe features tender chickpeas with spicy additions like garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, and mint.
Eat them alone as a snack, or pair them with a crispy summer salad.
A can of chickpeas, garlic, spinach, and a few spices is all you need for this rustic main course. A drizzle of lemon juice takes these flavors over the top.
Think of this stew as a Moroccan curry. It’s thick, hearty, and delivers a 1-2 punch of flavor.
The recipe combines warming spices of cinnamon and cumin with savory additions of tomatoes, chickpeas, and garlic.
It’s aromatic and hearty and ensures that no one goes to bed hungry!
12. Chickpea Rice
Who doesn’t love a one-pot dinner? This chickpea rice recipe is an authentic Indian meal that’s easy, colorful, and 100 percent delicious.
Plus, it’s so simple! The rice is delightfully fluffy and goes perfectly with bold Indian spices, chickpeas, and fresh red onion.
Bonus points: you only need to wash one pot after dinner!
This crispy chickpea with vegan garlic aioli satisfies any salty snack craving. Paprika and onion chickpeas deliver a fragrant and sweet kick. Plus, the vegan garlic aioli tames those bold flavors.
They’re just as addictive as potato chips and a lot healthier.
Who says that vegan main courses can also be insanely filling? This vegan herb butter roasted mushroom and chickpea recipe is one hearty vegan dish!
The mushrooms deliver a meat-like texture, while the chickpeas bring protein to the party. With a drizzle of vegan herb butter, this tasty meal is hard to resist.
Eat it alone, or serve over creamy grits or white rice.
This Spanish chickpea stew is the perfect dinner dish when cooking on a budget. All of the ingredients are easy to find and easy on the wallet.
It combines chickpeas with spinach, potatoes, carrots, and bright Spanish spices. It makes a beautiful dinner dish with crusty bread, and the leftovers freeze wonderfully.
Buddha bowls are the pinnacle of healthy and delicious eating.
This peanut chickpea veggie Buddha bowl takes your average can of chickpeas over the top with an addictive peanut sauce.
Pair it with rustic kale and creamy avocado with white rice.
If your go-to weeknight dinner is pasta and butter, this recipe takes it to a new level. It delivers all the buttered pasta feels, but the added herbs and protein-rich chickpeas add a meaty finish.
It’s just as easy as buttered noodles but 10 times more filling!
Didn’t expect to see a dessert popping up on this list, did you? If black bean brownies are a thing, why not chickpeas?
These vegan pecan pie bars are just as gooey and flavorful as the real deal but much healthier! Yes, I just used pecan pie and healthy in the same sentence.
Green goddess salads are the MVP of healthy eating. And a protein boost from chickpeas takes it over the edge.
This salad features green goddess classics like broccoli, asparagus, kale, avocado, and (of course) green goddess dressing.
Chickpeas add a meat-like bite and boost of protein to keep you from snacking between meals.
If you love honey-roasted peanuts, this sweet and crunchy roasted chickpea recipe is right up your alley. It combines cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup with just a dash of cayenne pepper for heat.
Once roasted, they’re delightfully crunchy and pretty addictive!
This one-pan Mediterranean chickpea dinner is Mediterranean cuisine at its finest. It showcases Greece’s greatest hits, like kalamata olives, feta cheese, parsley, garlic, and tomato.
It’s bright and briney and so incredibly filling! Serve it as a side with a protein, or pair it with couscous or rice as a main course.
While it looks like tuna salad, this chickpea olive salad is 100 percent vegan! And dare I say it’s even tastier than tuna or chicken salad?
The olives deliver a bright and salty pop of flavor. It pairs so well with tender chickpeas and smoky roasted red peppers.
Move over, chicken noodle soup. If you’re on the hunt for comforting soups, look no further than this golden chickpea soup.
It’s hearty and satisfying with carrots, onions, celery, and kale and earns a protein boost from chickpeas.
It’s just as comforting as chicken noodle soup but easier and incredibly affordable (and vegan).
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