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35 Sweet, Spicy and Savoury Vegan Chickpea Recipes

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From wholesome feasts to hearty treats, here’s a compilation of some of the best vegan chickpea recipes! 

Vegan Chickpea Recipes | Hurry The Food Up

Look, I’m not trying to start a “battle of the pods” or anything, but when it comes to versatility, very few peas can compete with garbanzo beans. 

Not only do chickpeas have a texture that runs from tender to crunchy, but there’s also nearly no limit to what meal you can make from them and for me, exploring and creating healthy vegetarian recipes isn’t some silly fad; it’s a lifestyle.

That’s why I decided it was high time I compiled a list of some of the most healthy and tasty vegan chickpea recipes, so whether you’re after a filling lunch or a quick delicious snack, you’re sure to find some if not many of these meals appeasing!

Take a look at our 35 Best Vegan Chickpea Recipes

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I’ve also taken the time out to sort these amazing vegan chickpea recipes into four unique and tasty categories. Scroll down to see!

Soups and Curries

1. Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

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4.77 from 194 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 465kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a vegan curry recipe with soy sauce and olive oil

This hearty chickpea soup is our awesome vegan take on the insanely popular dish. Ridiculously tasty and nutritious – just look at all that protein, fibre and iron!

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2. Vegan Coconut Curry

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4.64 from 144 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 582kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Cris & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a super easy meal

This coconut curry is the easiest one we’ve ever made but mixes it up with the top brass. You won’t find a better effort vs taste curry ANYWHERE!

3. Chickpea Soup with Lemon and Rice

Protein: 11g
Calories: 224kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: DebraKlein
Bonus: serve with white or basmati rice

This one-pot lemony chickpea soup will quickly become your “go-to” for a very comforting yet light meal. It’s a wonderful recipe, filled with some of the best sources of plant-based protein and is sure to leave you super satisfied.

4. Jamaican Chickpea Vegetable Curry

Protein: 10g
Calories: 309kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: MyPlantifulCooking
Bonus: an easy chickpea curry that works as a side dish as well

This vegan Jamaican chickpea vegetable curry is creamy, filling, and packed with tons of flavors! A quick one-pot meal that is ready in 30 minutes. It is highly customizable, too.

5. Vegan Chickpea Curry with Spinach

Protein: 18g
Calories: 314kcal
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: VanillaBeanCuisine
Bonus: eat alone or serve with rice!

Vegan Chickpea Curry is packed with chickpeas, tomatoes, spinach, and onions, and spiced with curry powder. Gluten-free, dairy-free, healthy, and delicious!

6. Golden Chickpea Noodle Soup

Protein: 11g
Calories: 425kcal
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: EvergreenKitchen
Bonus: tubetti or orzo can be used instead of the ditalini noodles here

An easy vegan chickpea soup made with noodles—and a nourishing leek, ginger, turmeric broth. This hearty vegan pasta soup is the perfect feel-good meal for the cold season (and if that sounds good, you need to try our plant-based winter soups!).

7. Broccoli Chickpea Curry

Protein: 9.4g
Calories: 242kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Bakerita
Bonus: a rich meal with a creamy texture. Perfect for a delicious dinner

This Vegan Broccoli Chickpea Curry is a dinner staple that’s so quick and easy to make (and if you like this, we have more quick plant-based meals just over here!)! It’s loaded with veggies and protein and has a secret ingredient to make it extra rich + creamy. It’s gluten-free and vegan, too.

8. Sweet Potato Spinach Chickpea Curry

Protein: 7g
Calories: 181kcal
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: PlantBasedFolk
Bonus: an easy recipe for the best weeknight dinners

A fresh and fragrant sweet potato spinach chickpea curry that is mild in heat and packed with vegetables. Serve on a bed of rice or with bread or enjoy on its own. This is a gluten-free vegan curry.

9. Tuscan Tomato Chickpea Soup

Protein: 23g
Calories: 511kcal
Ready in: 55 minutes
Recipe by: VanillaAndBean
Bonus: this healthy vegan chickpea recipe is also freezer-friendly 

Easy to pull together with pantry ingredients, this Tomato Chickpea Soup is garlicky and rich with just a hint of rosemary! Share it creamy or chunky with a sprinkle of vegan parm. This recipe is vegetarian, easily vegan and gluten-free.

Salads

10. Vegan Chickpea Winter Salad

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4.84 from 25 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 459kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: precooking the beets is my favorite way of saving time

An animal-friendly, fresh and tangy winter salad with some serious health benefits. It’s fresh and new, but still prepped within 15 minutes – awesome!

11. Vegan Tuna Salad

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4.84 from 24 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 443kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Lorena Nart & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: high in fiber and protein 

All the taste and all the goodness – without the fish. The new kid on the vegan block is even tastier than the original!

12. Quinoa Chickpea Buddha Bowl

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4.75 from 12 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 456kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: a nutritious and easy-to-make bowl

This easy (and animal-friendly) lunch and dinner bowl hits all the right spots – grains, greens and a legume! What’s not to like?

13. Fabulous Falafel Salad with Fake Tahini Sauce

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5 from 16 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 376kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a protein-packed meal

This quick take on the falafel salad is packed with protein – and adds even more with our peanut sauce! It’s quick, it’s easy and completely animal-friendly!

14. Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing

Protein: 11g
Calories: 370kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheRecipeWell
Bonus: the perfect potluck for your next summer BBQ gathering

This quinoa chickpea salad is like summer in a bowl and comes together in less than 30 minutes! Quinoa and chickpeas are tossed with fresh cucumbers, crisp bell peppers and crunchy carrots, then drizzled with a light lemon dill dressing.

15. Balela Salad

Protein: 5g
Calories: 181kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: Kalyn’sKitchen
Bonus: to lower the carbs on this dish, add some lettuce or chopped raw vegetables

Balela Middle Eastern Bean Salad makes a great lunch or side-dish salad and a generous amount of fresh chopped parsley and lemon makes this an extra-flavorful dish.

16. Avocado Chickpea Salad

Protein: 2g
Calories: 147kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: iFoodreal
Bonus: consider adding some leafy greens to bulk this salad up!

Easy Chickpea Salad with avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, and Mediterranean dressing. This protein-packed garbanzo bean salad takes only 15 minutes to make.

17. 10-Minute Four Bean Salad

Protein: 7g
Calories: 177kcal
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: Lynn’sWayOfLife
Bonus: one of the most ridiculously easy chickpea recipes!

A twist on the classic three-bean salad, this 10 Minute Four Bean Salad is a delicious, healthy side dish. Creamy cannellini beans, crisp sweet peppers, and vibrant red wine vinegar bring this dish together in just a few minutes!

18. Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

Protein: 8g
Calories: 248kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: SixHungryFeet
Bonus: choose the reddest and juiciest tomatoes for this

Our Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad with preserved lemons and za’atar is the perfect meal for a summer day to enjoy with the whole family.

19. Cauliflower Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Quinoa

Protein: 20g
Calories: 605kcal
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: PlatingsAndPairing
Bonus: a nutritious meal that’s perfect for lunch!

This Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing combines roasted cauliflower & smoky chickpeas with fluffy quinoa and creamy avocados. It’s a healthy, protein-packed salad that can be made ahead of time.

20. Chickpea and Tofu Pasta Salad

Protein: 20g
Calories: 385kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: ForkfulOfPlants
Bonus: the perfect summer BBQ side and one of my favourite vegan recipes!

This simple and delicious chickpea pasta salad is made with wholesome wholewheat pasta, delicious crunchy summer veg, pesto-crusted tofu, and a creamy vegan Italian style dressing.

Snacks and Sides, Desserts and Dips

21. Avocado Hummus

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4.86 from 14 votes
Protein: 3g
Calories: 114kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Dave Bell

Bonus: serve with chips, in a burger or a wrap

Love guac? Love hummus? You’re about to meet your new favourite food – try our avocado hummus today! You won’t look back!

22. Mashed Chickpea Tabbouleh Salad

Protein: 15.7g
Calories: 309kcal
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: RunningOnRealFood
Bonus: fresh lemons would work best for this

This wonderfully light and fresh chickpea salad is a take on traditional couscous tabbouleh. Serve as a light side salad, main dish or in a pita or wrap with hummus and falafel.

23. Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Protein: 3g
Calories: 120kcal per cookie
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: AiMadeItForYou
Bonus: they’re low in sugar too

These chocolate chip chickpea cookies are so delicious, no one will know they’re made of chickpeas! They’re gluten-free and vegan too!

24. Brownie Batter Hummus

Protein: 3g
Calories: 97kcal
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: NourishPlate
Bonus: you can substitute your favourite nut butter for the almond butter

A chocolatey and creamy hummus that is not only delicious but healthy too! It is very easy and quick to make. Plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free.

25.

Protein: 2g
Calories: 117kcal per cookie
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: SixHungryFeet
Bonus: best served hot!

Onion Bhaji or Pakoda (Pakora) are a crispy and flavourful Indian appetizer or snack. Ideal to serve with your favourite Indian mains or even as a snack with different chutneys or sauces.

26. Chocolate Chickpea Blondies

Protein: 8g
Calories: 197kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: RunningToTheKitchen
Bonus: for a nut-free version of these, swap out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter

These chickpea blondies studded with chocolate chips are a naturally gluten-free, vegan and healthier spin on the traditional recipe. With a soft, gooey and fudgy texture, their richness is unparalleled for an “alternative” treat.

27. Vegan Chickpea Patties

Protein: 4g
Calories: 90kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: MyPlantifulCooking
Bonus: for oil-free patties, bake or toss them in an air fryer

These amazing vegan chickpea patties are crispy, delicious, and packed with flavor! Versatile and customizable, you can serve them as an appetizer, on salads, or better still, with some vegan mayo and fresh veggies to make the best chickpea salad sandwiches!

28. Roasted Chickpeas

Protein: 4.5g
Calories: 99kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: GreedyGourmet
Bonus: add parsley or coriander with a sprinkle of lemon juice to give it more flavour

Roasted chickpeas are an extremely healthy and appetising snack that will impress your guests (in fact, roasted chickpeas feature on our top 20 healthy vegetarian snacks). Why not give your next dinner party a hint of oriental mystery, by presenting your guest with these delicious homemade nibbles?

Sauces and Stews

29. Speedy Chickpea Stew

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 350kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Bonus: enjoy with some crusty bread

Chickpeas, bell peppers and juicy tomatoes are thrown together to make this quick and easy stew. Enjoy with bread or some rice for a filling lunch or dinner.

30. Spanish Chickpea Stew with Spinach

Protein: 15g
Calories: 296kcal
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: VeggiesSaveTheDay
Bonus: can be eaten as a main or served with sides like warm crusty bread

Hearty and comforting, this rustic soupy Spanish Chickpea Stew is loaded with chickpeas and spinach in a smoky tomato broth.

31. Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Protein: 18g
Calories: 479kcal
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: BrokeBankVegan
Bonus: always season lightly so you don’t go overboard!

This Moroccan chickpea stew is full of exotic flavours, easy to make, and affordable. It’s sweet, spicy and everything in between. Enjoy this stew on its own, or serve with some fluffy couscous.

32. Chickpea, Red Pepper and Potato Stew with Basil Pesto

Protein: 21g
Calories: 584kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: TheVeganLarder
Bonus: you can leave out the pesto if you please

A simple chickpea stew topped with the tastiest pesto filled with fresh herbs, perfect for summer days as well as cosy winter nights.

33. Gluten-Free Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Protein: 18g
Calories: 467kcal
Ready in: 39 minutes
Recipe by: EasyCookingWithMolly
Bonus: can be served with some bread too

This wholesome and rustic stew is made using canned chickpeas, harissa paste, cumin and basic spices. Filled with simple-warm Moroccan spice flavors, it’s an absolute comfort food.

34. Teriyaki Chickpea Bowl

Protein: 17g
Calories: 532kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: RunningOnRealFood
Bonus: full of flavour!

The most addictive teriyaki chickpeas served over rice and stir-fried veggies all topped with delicious ginger peanut sauce.

35. Mexican Bean Stew

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4.88 from 16 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 519kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: great for weight loss!

After a high protein, high fibre, low calorie vegetarian dinner? Our Mexican bean stew is just the ticket! Try it now! 🙂

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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings:4 servings
Calories:398kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

Instructions

  • If using rice, cook according to packet instructions.
    2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • In a medium sized saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the garlic cloves, red onion and jalapeño. Cook at medium heat until the veggies have reduced and begun to brown.
    2 tbsp vegetable oil, 4 clove garlic, ½ red onion, 1 jalapeño
  • Add cumin, paprika, oregano and black pepper. Cook for 30 seconds, until the aroma is released from the spices.
    1 tsp cumin, ground, 1 tsp paprika powder, 1 tsp oregano, ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Then add the black beans, chickpeas, corn, crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, salt and sugar. Cook over medium low heat, stirring to avoid sticking in the bottom of the pan, for about 10 minutes, or until the stew has a nice, saucy, thick consistency.
    1 can black beans, 1 can chickpeas, 1 small can corn, 1 can crushed tomatoes, 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar
  • Taste stew and add more salt if necessary.
  • Serve the bean stew, topped with cilantro, with a side of brown rice.
    ¼ cup cilantro/coriander, fresh

NOTES

After more soups and stews?
Low calorie Beetroot Soup
Salad Topped Dal Khichdi
Cheesy & Tasty Tuscan White Bean Soup
Creamy Dreamy Zucchini & Basil Soup
Protein Packed Coconut Lentil Soup
Simple & Tasty Chickpea Bean Salad

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
35 Sweet, Spicy and Savoury Vegan Chickpea Recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
398
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
1130
mg
49
%
Potassium
 
838
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
67
g
22
%
Fiber
 
14
g
58
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
15
g
30
%
Vitamin A
 
813
IU
16
%
Vitamin C
 
18
mg
22
%
Calcium
 
108
mg
11
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FAQs for Vegan Chickpea Recipes

Let’s check out what other chickpea lovers are wondering about!

Are chickpeas good for vegans?

Yes, they are! In fact, chickpeas are one of the top foods that provide more protein than an egg, plus, they’re also loaded with fibre and other important nutrients. Making chickpeas part of your plant-based diet is a decision you’ll most likely not regret.

What are the disadvantages of chickpeas?

Despite being an amazing source of some macronutrients, there are also risks associated with the consumption of chickpeas. Ingesting raw or even cooked chickpeas can lead to gastrointestinal problems, but on the whole chickpeas are considered safe for human consumption. 

What dishes can be made from chickpeas?

You can toss them in salads or some orzo, munch on some roasted ones as a snack, fry some falafels, churn them into some hummus or add them to sauces, stews, curries or soups. 

Your plate is like a canvas and your ingredients are the paint, so remember to get as creative as possible!

Are chickpeas fattening?

Not necessarily. From a macronutrient point of view, there are less than five grams of fat in 1.5 cups of cooked chickpeas (one 15oz can) which is, by and large, slightly higher than many other pulses, but far less than other healthy legumes like soybeans and peanuts. 

As with most foods, it’s your overall calorie intake that is the main determinant of whether or not you gain or lose weight.

I hope these delicious vegan chickpea recipes were the inspiration you needed to make your next tasty plant-based and chickpea-filled meal. Did you try any out? Tell me how it went in the comment section below!

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