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Firecracker Chickpeas and Vegetables [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This fiery chickpea and vegetable dish is very versatile because you can adjust the heat level to suit your taste. You can use the called-for jalapeño or not ... or you can use three jalapeños, if you really like things spicy. You can increase the garlic chili sauce or reduce it — the choice is yours! This is a very easy and quick dish to make, ready in around 30 minutes. The dish is served with steamed broccoli but you can serve it with mustard greens, bok choy or even cauliflower.

Firecracker Chickpeas and Vegetables [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




For the Firecracker Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch1 teaspoon sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener

For the Vegetables and Rice:

  • 12 ounces broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced (use gloves if needed)
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (2 cups cooked)
  • 3 cups cooked rice


  1. Combine the ketchup, vegetable broth, garlic chili sauce, garlic, tamari, cornstarch, and sweetener in a small bowl. Stir very well and set aside.
  2. Steam the broccoli until tender.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced peppers and onions. Stir-fry (cook, stirring constantly) until lightly charred. Add the chickpeas, cook to heat. Mix the sauce and add to the vegetables. Cook until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve the stir-fry with the broccoli and rice.





Everyday family eats inspired by cuisines all across the globe. Zsu Dever is the author of the cookbooks, Aquafaba, Vegan Bowls and Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours. She is a vegan mother of three teenagers and three adopted kitties. She resides in San Diego, CA, where she enjoys photography, recipe development, nature and blogging at Zsu's Vegan Pantry.



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Bull Nakano
1 Years Ago

Chickpeas are my life


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