Our Best Chickpea Recipes

Don’t get us wrong, we love hummus — but this humble, little legume can do so much more! With these recipes (and a few cans of chickpeas from your pantry) you can make falafel, vegetarian mains, gluten-free pizza, a crispy, salty snack, vegan crab cakes and more!

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Chickpea Crust Pizza

This gluten-free crust is ideal for a make-ahead meal, since it can be prepared in advance, then baked and topped at the last minute. Cut into smaller pieces, it makes a great snack, too. Vary the toppings as you like — salty, briny olives, capers or anchovies are especially good on this pizza.

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Vegan Chickpea Crab Cakes

All the flavors are here-Old Bay, lemon and that distinct brininess-but there's no crab in sight with these cakes. Instead, chickpeas stand in for shellfish, and they are just as satisfying.

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Chickpeas with Chard

This simple chickpea dish is an excellent side but hearty enough to serve as a quick-and-easy vegetarian main.

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Grilled Eggplant Chickpea Wraps

The Middle Eastern staples eggplant and chickpeas plus a garlicky yogurt sauce give oomph to these simple vegetarian wraps. Be sure to get a good char on the eggplant and use ripe, juicy summer tomatoes.

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Roasted Chickpeas 3 Ways

These little flavor bombs come together quickly. Use standard pantry ingredients to make 3 varieties that kids will love. The longer you dry the chickpeas before baking, the crisper they will be. If you have time, strain and rinse them, pat them dry, spread them on a baking sheet and refrigerate them, uncovered, overnight, before roasting.

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Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Dump Dinner

Skip cooking a big pot of rice and throw the ingredients into a casserole dish instead for an easy dump-dinner meal. The basmati rice and chickpeas absorb all the delicious flavors of ginger, garlic, curry powder and coconut milk. Finish with a quick drizzle of yogurt along with fresh cilantro leaves and lime wedges for a simple and complete meal.

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Roasted Corn and Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas and corn are roasted with coriander and then tossed with cherry tomatoes, scallions and a Dijon vinaigrette for a simple and delicious side.

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Classic Hummus with Fried Chickpeas and Parsley Oil

The base of this dip is a beautiful classic hummus recipe that can be dressed up in so many ways. If you are very short on time, substitute store-bought hummus and fry up canned chickpeas.

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Chickpea Stew

This dish combines the warm spices commonly found in Moroccan tagines in a comforting vegetarian stew. The roasted kale and chickpeas add texture and a pleasant bite that serve as counterpoints to the caramelized onions and sweet carrots. We love to finish it with a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper or hot paprika.

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Roasted Okra and Chickpeas

This mixture makes a great snack — just salty and crispy and spicy enough to go along with an ice cold lager. And if you have some plain yogurt on hand, drizzle it on top or serve on the side for dipping.

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Cauliflower-Chickpea Flatbread

Serve this hearty vegetarian-friendly dish for dinner or slice it into smaller pieces for a party appetizer. The quick cilantro sauce (plus an extra squeeze of lemon) adds a zippy final flourish.

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Slow-Cooker Freezer-Pack Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

Quartering the cauliflower, rather than cutting it into florets, allows this vegetarian meal to simmer all day in the slow cooker without it becoming mush. Stow a few bags of this pre-assembled meal in the freezer to keep on hand for busy nights.

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Papdi Chaat

Chaat is a broad term for savory vegetarian snacks. This version is from Nidhi Jalan, founder of Brooklyn-based Masala Mama — maker of artisan Indian simmer sauces (we love the Coconut Curry). Nidhi has wonderful childhood memories of eating chaat on-the-spot from street vendors in Kolkata. She likens this personal favorite to nachos and almost prefers tortilla chips over the traditional papdi (small flour-based wafers). It's a flavor explosion of tangy, sweet, salty and spicy.

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Chicken Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Carrots

Chickpeas are a perfect salad add-in. They’re full of protein and fiber, which will help you feel fuller, longer.

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Waffled Falafel

Besides just tasting wonderful, these easy waffled falafels are much lower in fat than their deep-fried relatives — and a great way to use up those canned chickpeas in your pantry!

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Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl

Healthy vegetables and spiced chickpeas get roasted on the same baking sheet, making dinner a breeze to put together and clean up. Quinoa and avocado round out this nutritional meal.

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Chickpea-Potato Dip

This easy-to-make dip is reminiscent of hummus, but instead of using tahini, we called on the humble potato to add creaminess and stretch your dollar.

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Vegan Meringues

You'll never drain chickpea liquid down the sink again! The viscous goop chickpeas bob around in can be whipped up into the most delightful vegan meringues. Our tasters even preferred their malty flavor over regular egg white meringues. If you like, fold in chocolate chips or flavor with a little of your favorite extract.

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Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew

Warming ras el hanout and cinnamon flavor this hearty stew of butternut squash and chickpeas. Dried apricots add a sweet note while fresh mint, parsley and lemon provide a bright finish.

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Spicy Pumpkin Dip

Clean out your pantry with this quick-and-easy snack. Canned pumpkin puree, canned chickpeas and spices are combined into a creamy dip that you make again and again.

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Crispy Buffalo Chickpeas

There are two secrets to these super crispy, super flavorful buffalo chickpeas. First, rinse the beans well (and we mean really well) and then pat them dry (as in really dry). Second, sprinkle with just a touch of baking soda. When mixed with salt it dries out the chickpea skin and leaves them crisp and crunchy. The spices, butter and hot sauce will do the rest of the work. Toss chickpeas into a salad, layer in a sandwich or simply serve them in a bowl for snacking.

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Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

This vegetarian riff on a classic chicken salad sandwich is both satisfying and loaded with flavor, thanks to the tangy lemon juice, stone-ground mustard and fresh herbs. We added a sprinkle of roasted pepitas and a handful of hearty baby kale for texture and crunch. Serve on toasted whole wheat bread or with vegetables and crackers for a wholesome meal.

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