21 Dinners That Start With a Can of Chickpeas
Great to have on hand for impromptu hummus cravings or even egg-free baking, you'll find a can or two of chickpeas in most household pantries. But these creamy beans can go beyond the basics, as shown with our favorite dinners that start with canned chickpeas. From sippable dishes like soups and curries to hearty meals of pasta and tacos, there's nothing the mighty chickpea can't do.
Chana Masala (Savory Indian Chick Peas)
Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas
This all-in-one dinner contains rice, chickpeas, black beans, and turkey for a stick-to-your-ribs meal. If you don't have turkey on hand, recipe creator JULIEP suggests subbing in ground beef, lamb, or pork.
Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling
"This was the BEST soup that I have ever had," raves reviewer BHUMBOH. "I've cooked a different soup each week for the last 3 months or so, and by far, this was the most delicious!"
Black Bean and Chickpea Chili
Pack in the veggies and legumes with this hearty chili recipe. By skipping the optional ground turkey and using vegetable broth, it magically becomes vegan-friendly too.
Pasta with Spinach and Chickpeas
Air Fryer Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos
By using the air fryer, these perfectly seasoned chickpeas and cauliflower become just the right amount of golden brown and crisp. Tuck them into a taco with your favorite toppings and everyone is sure to go back for seconds.
Butter Chickpea Curry
You've heard of butter chicken, but butter chickpeas might be your new favorite curry. The beans, potatoes, and onions all simmer in a creamy tomato sauce until tender.
Copycat Veggie Balls
These delicious veggie balls feature canned chickpeas, spinach, bell peppers, corn, and peas. The inspiration was the popular veggie balls from IKEA®. "Mine are even better," says Buckwheat Queen. "The original uses kale instead of spinach. You could also use broccoli rabe, if desired. The original version uses pea protein and chickpea flour. The lentil flour is a personal preference. You can use any bean flour. Serve bowl-style with rice and your favorite sauce."
Italian Chicken and Chickpeas
"Every year on Christmas Eve my Nana makes a traditional Italian dish of baccala and chickpeas," says recipe creator Kristin Turrell. "I created this for a quicker and less-expensive version. It's even better the next day!"
Stuffed Red Pepper with Quinoa and Chickpeas
Tuna and Chickpea Salad
If tuna salad is a favorite, consider bulking it up with some chickpeas. Their mild taste and creamy texture adds extra body without sacrificing flavor.
Vegan Kale and Chickpea Soup
"A warm vegan soup that my whole family loves," says recipe creator rgansle. "Totally quick and easy, and super healthy to boot!"
Pasta Chickpea Salad
Unlike most pasta salads with chickpeas, in this version the beans aren't just thrown in. Before mixing, the chickpeas are sautéed in olive oil over low heat with olives, herbs, and scallions until flavorful and slightly crispy.
Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry
Spicy garam masala and creamy coconut milk are the base for this decadent vegan curry. It's ready in just 30 minutes, making it almost faster than takeout.
Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
This refreshing dish is delicious hot or cold. "I made this recipe tonight and it was great! Super easy for a busy mom," says yogini.
Garbanzo Tomato Pasta Soup
Tossed in a super garlicky tomato sauce, these chickpeas and pasta make for a hearty meatless meal. And the whole dish is ready in just 30 minutes!
Sweet and Spicy Curry with Chickpeas
Get a double dose of protein with turkey and chickpeas in this spiced curry. Serve a scoop over basmati rice or naan bread.
Simple Falafel (Chickpea Burgers)
It's hard to beat a crunchy, golden brown falafel for dinner. These easy bites can be served over a salad or wrapped in a pita for a simple meal.
Homemade Ground Chicken-Chickpea Burgers
Using chickpeas, quinoa, and chicken, these burgers are meaty but still veggie-packed. Serve up on a bun or wrap in lettuce for a lower carb option.
Zucchini with Chickpea and Mushroom Stuffing
For a dinner as tasty as it is beautiful, try this recipe. "This dish is definitely a new favorite," says reviewer LITTLEBABY. "Really simple and SO tasty!"