November 25, 2020

Easy Vegan Recipes

Eat Vegan – Eat Well

Smoky Chickpea Stew

4 min read

Have dinner on the table in 40 minutes with this easy vegan chickpea stew! Easy to make and packed with smoky delicious flavor, this will be your new go-to weeknight meal.

Bowl of Smoky Chickpea Stew on a Table with Water Glass, Spoon and Bunch of Cilantro

I’m noticing a big trend on this blog lately: soups and stews. In fact, at some point in December found myself getting into a pattern where I plan to make a sandwich or pasta or stir-fry, and then at the last minute change plans and make a big pot of soup or stew instead.

Hearty, easy-to-make, and super flavorful vegan soups and stews are what I crave this time of year. I hope you guys feel the same. (Spoiler alert: more soups and stews to come). And this chickpea stew has become a favorite in my house — it’s super easy, flavorful, and so comforting!

Cooking with Chickpeas

Bowl of Smoky Chickpea Stew with Water Glass and Dutch Oven in the Background

I’m a big fan of using chickpeas in all kinds of cozy stews like chili and curry because they’re packed with super satisfying fiber and protein, but also because they’re so easy to work with.

I’m usually lazy and buy canned chickpeas for dishes like this. They’re so convenient! But you can use dried ones if you prefer. If you’d like to make this recipe with dried chickpeas, you’ll need to soak and cook them in advance. (Soaking alone is not enough.) Try this method. You’ll need 3 1/2 of cooked chickpeas for this recipe.

How to Make Smoky Chickpea Stew

Heat up some oil in a large pot. Once the oil is hot, and an onion, a red bell pepper, and a poblano pepper. Cook the onions and peppers for a few minutes, until they soften up a bit. Next add some garlic and spices: smoked paprika, cumin, and a bit of cayenne pepper. Cook everything for just about a minute, until the garlic becomes very fragrant.

Now add some broth, potato and a couple of cans of chickpeas. Bring the liquid up to a boil, lower the heat, and let it simmer until the potato is tender. You can add a bit of water if the mixture becomes too dry while it cooks, just don’t overdo it!

Collage Showing Steps 1-4 For Making Smoky Chickpea Stew: Sweat Onion and Peppers, Add Spices, Add Broth, Potatoes and Chickpeas, and Simmer

Tomatoes and tomato paste go in last. Stir them both in and let the pot simmer for a few minutes more.

Collage Showing Steps 5 and 6 For Making Smoky Chickpea Stew: Add Tomatoes and Simmer

Take the pot off of the burner and season the stew with salt and pepper to taste.

I like to serve my chickpea stew with some scallions and cilantro.

Pair of Hands Holding a Bowl of Chickpea Stew Over a Table

Chickpea Stew FAQ & Tips

  • Make sure you don’t add the tomatoes until the potatoes are fully cooked. Adding the tomatoes too early could prevent the potatoes from fully cooking.
  • Is this stew spicy? Just a bit, and this partly depends on how hot your poblano pepper is (which can vary quite a bit). If you’d prefer a heat-free version, substitute a green bell pepper for the poblano, and omit the cayenne pepper.
  • Leftovers of this stew keep great! Store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Is there a way to reduce the sodium in this recipe? Try using low sodium broth, chickpeas, and fire roasted tomatoes.
  • Is this stew gluten-free? It sure is!
  • Not into potatoes? Sub your favorite veggies! Corn, cauliflower and sweet potatoes would all be really nice.

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Bowl of Smoky Chickpea Stew on a Table with Water Glass, Spoon and Bunch of Cilantro

Smoky Chickpea Stew

Have dinner on the table in 40 minutes with this easy vegan chickpea stew! Easy to make and packed with smoky delicious flavor, this will be your new go-to weeknight meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Servings 4

Calories 378 kcal

Author Alissa Saenz

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium russet potato, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 (14 ounce or 400 gram) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro and/or scallions, for topping

Instructions

  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. When the oil is hot, add the onion, bell pepper, and poblano pepper. Sweat the veggies for about 10 minutes, until they soften and the onion becomes translucent.

  3. Add the garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Cook everything for about 1 minute more, until the garlic becomes very fragrant.

  4. Stir in the broth, potatoes, and chickpeas.

  5. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer until the potato is fork tender, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can add some hot water to the pot if the liquid level becomes too low.

  6. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste. Continue cooking everything for about 5 minutes more, until the stew is thick.

  7. Remove the pot from the heat and season it with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Ladle into bowls and top with scallions and cilantro. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Smoky Chickpea Stew

Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)

Calories 378 Calories from Fat 60

% Daily Value*

Fat 6.7g10%

Saturated Fat 0.8g4%

Sodium 842mg35%

Potassium 1000mg29%

Carbohydrates 69.5g23%

Fiber 13.2g53%

Sugar 7.3g8%

Protein 13.7g27%

Calcium 90mg9%

Iron 5.3mg29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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