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Nourishing and versatile, chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, are an essential part of any plant-based pantry. If you’ve got a can or two on hand, here are 17 recipes to put them to work in today.

Jordanian Roasted Chickpeas

All you need for this simple savory snack are a can of chickpeas and a few spices that you probably have in your pantry.

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"No-Tuna" Salad Sandwich

Mashed chickpeas are the key ingredient in the filling of this sandwich, which is consistently one of the most popular recipes on our site.

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Chickpea Nuggets

These vegan nuggets are great for kids (and big kids).

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The Best Oil-Free Hummus

Add this creamy (and virtually fat-free) hummus to wraps, or serve with crudités.

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Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Crispy chickpea patties are stacked with sautéed onions, bell peppers, and peppery arugula in these Mediterranean-inspired burgers. Roasted red pepper hummus adds creaminess.

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Chickpeazella Sticks

Squash, chickpeas, and rice are the surprising secret ingredients that form the base for these plant-based “mozzarella” sticks.

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Mint Lemonade Chickpea Salad

Toss chickpeas into the mix when you’re craving a salad with plenty of sustenance. 

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Garden Chickpea Tomato Soup

Chickpeas add texture and heartiness to this full-bodied tomato soup.

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Slow-Cooker Chana Masala

Chana masala is a comforting Indian stew, and it freezes well, so go ahead and make a big batch. 

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Chickpea Curry Stew with Kale

This 15-minute stew makes use of several pantry staples, such as potato, onion, and canned diced tomatoes.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Chickpea Chili

These loaded sweet potatoes are seriously satisfying, with a touch of heat.

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30-Minute Chickpea Noodle Soup with Spinach

More nourishing than chicken noodle soup, this easy dish will do the trick whether you’re nursing a cold or just craving something comforting.

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Quick Chickpea Bolognese

Chopped chickpeas add texture to the sauce in this go-to weeknight meal.

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Curried Chickpeas and Farro with Strawberry Chutney

Sweet and savory flavors meld together to mouthwatering effect in this Indian-inspired dish.

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Crispy Baked Falafels

Typically, falafel are fried in oil and high in fat. This whole-food, plant-based recipe offers a much healthier (and equally delicious) way to enjoy falafel. 

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Buffalo Cauliflower Pita Pockets

Chickpeas do double-duty in these punchy pita pockets: Aquafaba (see below) makes for a silky Buffalo sauce, and mashed chickpeas help form the tasty filling.

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Homemade Aquafaba

The liquid that you find in a can of chickpeas is precious stuff: Its viscosity makes it a fabulous substitute for eggs in all sorts of recipes. We love using it in baked goods and whipped toppings, such as our Aquafaba Whipped Cream.

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Courtney Davison

Courtney Davison is Forks Over Knives’ associate editor. A writer and editor on a wide range of subjects, she co-wrote a nationally syndicated advice column from 2016 to 2018 and co-authored the 2018 book Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice from Dear Annie. Courtney is a longtime vegan and in her free time enjoys trying new recipes and spending quality time with her cat.

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