Cheap Chickpea Recipes That Are Packed With Flavour (And Protein!)

Jill Holtz

April 2, 2020

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Are you looking for handy recipes that you can make with store cupboard ingredients? I always keep a few tins of chickpeas in my store cupboard, I can use them to rustle up a curry or stew or even a batch of delicious hummus. Here are some cheap chickpea recipes that are packed with flavour (and protein!) and popular with the whole family!

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Chickpeas are fabulous when you think about them. They are super healthy – these protein-packed legumes are high in fibre, folic acid, iron and zinc – and tins of chickpeas are also very cheap to buy (and even more economical if you have dried chickpeas).


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Tasty Chickpea Recipes to Try

Warming Chickpea Stew

Warming Chickpea Stew

This Warming Chickpea Stew uses minced meat, is cheap to make, and packed full of flavour. You can double batch it and freeze for later too.

Chickpea Curry With Rice

chickpea curry with rice

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This Indian-spiced Chickpea Curry recipe from The Pioneer Woman is easy to whip up and ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve it with Basmati rice and naan bread.

Tip: Finish it off with a sprinkling of fresh parsley if your kids aren’t too keen on coriander.

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Chickpea Sweet Potato and Chorizo Stew

chickpea sweet potato and chorizo stew

This Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Chorizo Stew is really easy to throw together and makes a perfect midweek dinner.

I make this regularly for my family – it really is yummy!

Herby Chickpea Balls With Tomato Sauce

herby chickpea balls with tomato sauce

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For a veggie alternative to meatballs, try these Herby Chickpea Balls With Tomato Sauce  from BBC Good Food.

You can use stale bread whizzed up for the breadcrumbs and make a quick tomato sauce using passata.

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Crispy Oven Baked Falafels

crispy oven baked falafel

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Make these delicious Crispy Oven Baked Falafels from using tinned chickpeas, chopped onion, garlic, and some herbs.

You can make a big batch of them, have them for dinner one night then as leftovers for a lunch another day. Serve them with pita bread, yogurt or tzatziki, lettuce and cucumber.

Pasta with Chickpeas (Pasta e Ceci)

pasta and chickpeas

This Pasta with Chickpeas (Pasta e Ceci) recipe is a real budget-friendly family dinner recipe, and is adapted from Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver.

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Chickpea Burger Recipe

chickpea burger recipe

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Try this yummy Chickpea Burger Recipe from They include grated carrot for a bit of extra veggie, and use store cupboard spices to flavour them.

One Pot Lemon Pasta With Chickpeas

one pot lemon pasta

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This vegan recipe for One Pot Lemon Pasta from VNutrition is super easy to make and is ready in about 15 minutes. Leeks, spinach, peas, and of course chickpeas are added to make this a really healthy meal.

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Store Cupboard Chickpea Stew

chickpea stew recipe

This delicious and easy-to-make Store Cupboard Chickpea Stew recipe can also become a vegetarian recipe (just leave out the bacon lardons). It’s cheap and quick to make, and you can add any vegetables you would like.

Chickpea Nuggets

chickpea nuggets

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These Chickpea Nuggets from look just like chicken nuggets, but are vegan and require only six store cupboard staples.

You can enjoy them as you might a falafel, drizzled with yogurt and served with a pita pocket and some salad, or kids will enjoy dipping these in ketchup.

Quick and Easy Hummus

Easy Toppings for Crackers Hummus

This quick and easy hummus recipe makes enough for 4 to 6 people as a tasty lunchtime snack served with carrots, celery and pitta bread. It also keeps for about 4 days in the fridge in a sealed container.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea chocolate chip cookies

Yes you read that correctly – Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The great thing about these cookies, apart from the fact that they take about 5 minutes to prep for baking, is that they are full of fibre and protein, so this is a healthier treat.

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Do you have any tasty chickpea recipes that your family loves? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

Cheap Chickpea Recipes

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