Chickpeas are a legume packed with protein, vitamin B6, and magnesium to keep you energized and strong! They’re also one of the best legumes to replace animal-based products in your diet. Whether it be using chickpea flour to make egg-free omelets, chickpea salad to replace tuna salad (trust us!), or using them in tacos in place of crumbled meat, these little legumes really know how to do their time in the kitchen. The best part is, chickpeas require little cooking time, especially if you buy them pre-soaked in BPA-free cans. You can even reuse their soaking water in sweet recipes— who knew??!!

Chickpeas are commonly eaten in the form of hummus, as a simple side dish or added to a salad for some additional protein. But really now … that’s not the best way to showcase these amazing plant-based protein powerhouses; let’s give them a flavorful spin such as in the 10 dishes below. The following recipes all offer something unique that your typical chickpea recipe won’t provide. Give them a try and let us know if you have a favorite too!


1. Curry Spice Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

Curry Spice Roasted Chickpeas With Cauliflower 

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Curry Spice Roasted Chickpeas With Cauliflower for dinner? You bet! This recipe by Christina Bedetta is a wonderful alternative to the traditional chickpea salad or boiled cauliflower you are likely tired of by this point. That’s the great thing about plant-based foods; there’s always another spin you can put on them to make them more exciting. We all know cauliflower is the trendy veggie of the moment, so why not really showcase it with the mighty chickpea added? Make this dish for dinner and don’t turn back!

2. Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas

Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas

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Forget Buffalo wings! Let’s make some Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas by Wendy Irene instead. Crunchy, spicy, the perfect chip replacement, and cruelty-free? SIGN US UP! Choose your favorite Buffalo sauce to make these, add a little more pepper to kick things up, and be sure you keep them on hand when those salty and spicy cravings hit (because you know they will!).


3. Oven Roasted Chickpeas

Oven-roasted Chickpeas 

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These Oven-roasted Chickpeas by Christina Bedetta make the perfect easy snack; they’re fuss-free, tasty, and they store well in single serving baggies all week long. Or, make a big batch and take them to your next party. We guaranteed these chickpeas will be a hit with even the toughest critics!


4. Roasted Chickpeas With Chipotle and Lime

Roasted Chickpeas with Chipotle and Lime

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What a perfect snack! Wouldn’t you agree? These Roasted Chickpeas with Chipotle and Lime by Karielyn Tillman are the perfect replacement to all those lime-flavored fried chips out there. We have to admit, they’re a bit addicting, no doubt. The fresh splash of citrus added compliments the spicy chipotle flavor just perfectly. Don’t eat another fried chip until you give these a try!


5. Spiced Moroccan Chickpeas With Beet Noodles

Spicy Moroccan Chickpeas With Beet Noodles

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Let’s take a trip to Morocco, shall we? This Spicy Moroccan Chickpeas With Beet Noodles recipe by Alissandra Maffucci is as close as many of us will get since it features garam masala, cumin, and all kinds of other global flavors. It’s also so healthy for you since it contains healing nutrients, plus beets that offer detoxifying benefits for your liver and digestion. Never tried beet noodles? Don’t be scared; their sweet and hearty flavor will win you over in no time!

6. Pindi Choley – Dark and Spicy Indian Chickpeas

Pindi Choley: Dark and Spicy Chickpeas

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Chickpeas take a walk to the dark side in this Pindi Choley: Dark and Spicy Chickpeas recipe by Rinku Bhattacharya when they go where no chickpea recipe has gone before. Indian spices like cardamom, ginger, and other popular Ayurvedic spices give this recipe a wonderful depth. But the real secret? The recipe contains a flavorful ingredient you’d never think to add to a chickpea recipe which results in something out of this world! Check it out and give it a try in place of your usual go-to chickpea recipes.

7. Chickpea Balls

Chickpea Balls

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Looking for a snack or something to toss on a salad? These Chickpea Balls by Nadia Petrova fit the bill! Perfectly portable for a picnic, to the office, school, or for a party, they’re a great alternative to fried meatballs or other meat-based appetizers. These are also easy to make and will store nicely in the fridge all week long.


8. Mini Chickpea Cakes

Mini Quinoa-Chickpea Cakes

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Talk about creative! These spicy Mini Quinoa-Chickpea Cakes by Jennifer Strohmeyer are the perfect alternative to traditional fish or egg-based cakes and quiches. Enjoy them as a snack, part of a healthy meal, or even a savory breakfast if you like.

9. Crunchy Curried Chickpea Tacos

Crunchy Curried Chickpea Tacos

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Chickpeas in tacos? You’re either thinking we’re crazy, or you’re wondering if this Crunchy Curried Chickpea Tacos recipe by Aine Carlin is too good to be true. Chickpeas are a delightful source of B vitamins, protein, zinc and magnesium. They’re also a healthy replacement to other beans or legumes like lentils that many plant-based tacos contain. Give them a try in this recipe where they’re spiked with some especially flavorful ingredients; taco night never looked so good!

10. Artichoke Chickpea Patties With Cashew Thyme Cream

Artichoke Chickpea Patties With Cashew Thyme Cream

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Another great option for a savory breakfast, lunch, or dinner are these Artichoke Chickpea Patties With Cashew Thyme Cream by Ida Hemmingsson-Holl. The chickpeas lend the best hearty texture and satisfying flavor, but the artichokes and herbs are what really kick things up. Do not leave out the cashew cream on these — it’s the best part!

For more chickpea goodness, check out all our recipes here, and see other ways to use chickpeas besides just hummus here. 

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