What’s not to like about canned chickpeas? (They’re sometimes called garbanzo beans, or adoringly chi chi beans in our house.) They are affordable, packed with protein, convenient, and so versatile. You can easily transform a can of chickpeas into all kinds of delicious meals—creamy hummus, crispy falafel, crunchy salad toppers, and hearty stews. As vegans, we incorporate chickpeas into our meals on a regular basis.
We’ve gathered 12 easy and complete dinners that all start with a can of our most beloved legume and can be made in about one hour—most take a lot less time. These recipes don’t skimp on flavor, texture, or plant-based protein.
Chana masala is one of our favorite chickpea dinners. It’s classic Indian comfort food and every bite makes us feel warm and well fed. It’s great for making ahead and serving with white rice for a quick and easy weeknight meal. You can throw in peas for extra protein or more vegetables like eggplant or cauliflower.
Cauliflower Chickpea Curry
Speaking of cauliflower, this cauliflower chickpea curry uses store-bought yellow curry powder and fresh ginger for aromatics, keeping the sauce simple yet flavorful. Canned chickpeas, cauliflower, and whole peeled tomatoes are the bulk of the meal. We like adding some coconut milk at the end for a creamier curry—it’s such an easily customizable meal!
Minestrone is a classic Italian soup that is vegetable heavy—perfect for using up vegetables from the fridge and canned chickpeas and tomatoes from the pantry. The rich tomato broth, crunchy veggies, small pasta, and hearty chickpeas make this a one-pot meal that we come back to again and again.
Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas
The beauty of this meal is that it’s a one-pan-in-the-oven kind of dinner—toss smoky (thanks to the paprika) chickpeas, onions, and the chicken into a casserole and bake. That’s it! The chickpeas provide extra protein and starch, so you won’t have to cook another side dish to serve it with.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
Air Fryer Falafel
Air fryer falafel is quick to make and easy to clean up, making it the ideal weeknight dinner. Stuff them into pita pockets with lettuce, tomato, and the simple tahini sauce for the most delicious meal!
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Chickpeas, artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and fresh herbs are the bulk of this bright, tangy salad. Serve it with quinoa or rice, and make extra oregano vinaigrette to have on salads and bowls throughout the week—it’s that good!
Kale Sausage Soup with Tomatoes and Chickpeas
We love all Italian soups and this one delivers on both ease and flavor. Legumes can truly be the star if you sub kidney beans for the sausage like a reader recommends—“I made this without the sausage and with white kidney beans, delicious tomato chicken stock base with Parmesan to add richness.”
Lemon Chicken Chickpea Soup
This soup is comforting on all levels—it’s a simple chicken soup made with warming spices like turmeric and cumin. Nothing beats the lemony bite of rice and chickpeas in this Moroccan-inspired soup. As vegans, we substitute soy curls and vegetable broth in the place of chicken and chicken stock. It’s so full of flavor.
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Easy Sheet Pan Vegan Burritos
Roasted veggie burritos are great for feeding a crowd and easy to make ahead. Other than the rice, the rest of the filling is cooked on one sheet pan. The roasted chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and seasoned walnuts give the burritos texture, crunch, and plant-based protein.
As vegans, we’re always making chickpea salad. It’s delicious, filling, and so easy to make. This recipe is no different—it’s perfect for dinner in a pinch. With only a few ingredients, you can have dinner on the table in 10 minutes flat.
Mediterranean Chickpea Bowls with Tahini Sauce
Mediterranean, meet chickpea, again. (They are the perfect match!) This vegan and gluten-free bowl has everything you need for a healthy chickpea-inspired meal. Warning: you are going to get hooked on the tahini dressing—it’s amazing on baked tofu, roasted vegetables, and massaged with kale.
Curry Chickpea-Loaded Baked Potatoes
Chickpeas sautéed in a creamy, coconut milk curry are loaded on top of baked potatoes in this easy vegan recipe. Perfect for a night when you want a simple, healthy, and comforting meal.