Chickpea Stew (Vegan, Gluten-free)


Here is the best comforting and hearty Chickpea Stew (Vegan, Gluten-free) ever! Made with simple ingredients from basic ingredients with an amazingly delicious taste that will keep you coming back for more!

Chickpea Stew (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

It tastes delicious with rice. While we are on the subject of comforting and hearty stews, check out my Black Bean and Butternut Squash Stew which is also a huge hit!

I have been so busy lately, it’s been a roller coaster ride since our move to Ohio. So many wonderful things are happening to our family and we feel so grateful for the abundance of blessings that are coming our way. I have been delaying putting up new recipes because it’s been so difficult for me to decide which ones go on my website and which ones go in my cookbook.
Yes! you heard me, my cookbook is almost ready. I can’t keep the silence any longer and want to share with you all that I have been up to. Moving here has given me long hours of being able to experiment in my kitchen. Don’t get me wrong where I lived in Virginia, was also quiet but in a different way. Devannah started college in January but did most of her classes online. Here she goes to college full time so it’s just Daevyd and myself at home.
In order for me to focus on the cookbook, I had to narrow down my skincare orders to private customers.

I’m also currently enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to be a Certified Health Coach. I’m learning how to better work one and one with my clients to motivate them to achieve better overall health-More on this to come.

Well enough on me. This chickpeas stew is simple to make and delicious. Chickpea is low in fat, a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin B6 and iron. They increase bowel health, aid in weight loss and lower cholesterol.

I am so excited to start a new facebook group, sharing lots of delicious vegan recipes, health tips etc. from our members, please join us at Vegan Recipes With Love! If you tried this recipe, please comment below and let us know how you like it. Also, please follow us on Instagram!


For: 6 servings


  1. If you are using dried chickpeas, sort, wash and soak them overnight. The next day drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Cover with water about 2 inches above chickpeas and bring to boil on medium heat.
  3. Lower heat to simmer and cook until tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Drain chickpeas and reserve 2 cups of liquid, set aside.
  5. If using canned chickpeas, start at step 5.
  6. Heat oil or water in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
  7. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds stirring. Add bell pepper, tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, parsley, basil and oregano.
  8. Add tomato paste and water or reserved chickpeas water (aquafaba), cover and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes or until thickened.
  9. Mash some of the chickpeas, with the back of a fork to thicken stew.
  10. Check seasoning with extra salt and pepper.
  11. Delicious served with brown rice.

Recipe notes

Chickpea Stew Vegan & Gluten-Free

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  1. Ana Martinez Rodriguez

    Made this in my instant pot…just reduced the water a little. I added sweet potatoes, small red potatoes and some olives at the end (trust me it’s good). My daughter LOVED it.

  2. I can’t get my mom to stop begging me to make this every week! It so awesome. I do add sausage and serve it with rice. This time I’m trying lentils instead.

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Aww Caitlyn, that is so sweet your mom loves your cooking! She has good taste, wink wink! Love how you make it yours, yum!

  3. I love this recipe!!!! It is so delicious and flavorful and filling! I did modify it ever so slightly. I added sweet potatoes to it. The sweet with the spice and heat are out of this world!! Thanks for the recipe and keep them coming!

  4. Hi!

    I’m planning on making this for dinner. I was looking for the print recipe option but I don’t see it anywhere on the page. Is there a print option?


    Patty :)


    Oh wow! This recipe is delicious! Our family is just starting with the vegan diet and We are blown away with this recipe. Even my daughter who is a very picky eater loves it! Will definitely be making this again.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Geonna, so happy you and your family enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your feedback!

  5. I have a quick question about using dried chickpeas.
    When you are soaking them overnight do you place them in the fridge or leave them out overnight?

    • Michelle Blackwood

      That’s a great question Christine, I have never put my chickpeas while soaking in the refrigerator because my home is pretty cool all year round. However is your home is hot especially in the summer months, it would be better to refrigerate so that your chickpeas don’t ferment. You can also use the quick soaking method, where you bring the chickpeas to boil and simmer for a couple minutes then turn off heat and allow to soak for 1 hour. Drain, add fresh water then proceed to cook until tender.

  6. Nicola Taylor

    Just made this. Absolutely delicious. I added nooch and some wholegrain mustard.
    Love it. Thankyou for sharing. I too am a registered nurse, and a vegan. So I know how important it is to eat healthily


    i’ve made this recipe so many times. the only way to describe it is delicious!!! USUALLY, i have the ingredients already. of course, snowy day in nj and i wanted to make some and don’t have a tomato or red peppers. instead, i’ll leave out the peppers and use canned diced tomatoes. the other thing about this recipe is it really is a canvas where you can add just about anything to the base. but, i LOVE it just as written!!!! thanks for the wonderful recipe!!!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thank you Iena, I appreciate your feedback, love how you have adapted the recipe. Hopefully, you will start enjoying some lovely spring weather, sending you some sunshine and warmth love from Florida. Yes you can do so much to the recipe and I’m so happy-your comment is inspiring!

  7. Love how you added in how to cook the chick peas if there not from a can ! I always get lost in a recipe especially when it comes to beans when no one explains how they cooked them before starting the recipe ! Thanks so much !

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Awesome Nina, thank you for pointing that out. I will try to update my other recipes as well!

  8. Hi, I just made this stew for dinner. It was really flavorful and warming for a rainy, cold day here in Washington State. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Hello Laura, I send you greetings from sunny Florida! Sounds like my chickpea stew was perfect fit for your rainy day. Thank you for your feedback.


    So I’ve made this a few times after finding it on Pinterest and IT IS SOOOO GOOD. Followed the recipe to a T and it is super delicious, warm, comforting. Everyone voted to put this recipe in rotation! Yay!!


    This recipe is awesome. I was just wondering if I made a batch could I freeze it with some rice? Would it turn soggy?

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thank you Kaleigh, I have done frozen rice and beans before and they were fine. I haven’t tried freezing this recipe.

  9. Jessica Wilson

    I’m making this right now. Just did a taste test and it’s delicious!! I’m sure I’ll be making this again & again!

  10. I was really excited to try this stew and it did not disappoint! Delicious, flavorful recipe! It is very hearty, great for a cold night. Thank you for sharing! It’s easy to make too. The only problem I had with it is that I probably ate four bowls! :l I will definitely make again.

  11. This recipe has become one of my regulars on rotation since I discovered it a couple months ago. It’s so easy to keep these ingredients on hand. Thanks!

  12. So my husband and I decided to go vegan after watching the Forks Over Knives documentary on Netflix. I stumbled onto your recipe through pinterest. I made it for our dinner tonight and it was phenomenal. I can’t wait to try your other recipes because they look super yummy.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      That’s a great documentary Renee, congrats to you and your hubby. I’m so happy you enjoyed my recipe. All the best on your journey and thank you so much for your feedback!

  13. This was delicious.I didnt have tomato paste so I used strained tomatoes insteas of the paste and water. I also added curry and fresh herbs. Amazing. Will make again.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it. Love the addition of curry and fresh herbs. Thanks for your feedback Violet!

  14. Brianna Franzese

    I just wanted to THANK YOU for this recipe. I have made it a few times already and love it. I like to triple the veggies, add spinach, mushrooms or celery, extra tomato paste and I love having it on hand in the freezer. The brown rice complements the stew so well.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thank you Brianna, for your feedback. I”m happy you are loving it. Your variations sound so healthy. I need to make extra and freeze the next time I make it as well.

  15. I was a little sketchy about this recipe just because it was vegan (I love meat), but I made it anyways and was very happy with the outcome! Very delicious! My kids even liked it. And also instead of using tomato paste I used red curry paste, so good. Thank you will definitely make it again.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      I’m so glad you took the chance Jeannette and made the recipe. Very happy that your kids liked it. Thanks for your feedback!

  16. I only have one can of chickpeas, could I use one can of chickpeas and a can of white beans such as cannelloni beans? I’m really wanting to make this tonight so I’d love if I could make do!!

  17. Dianna Norwood

    This recipe looks great. I am cooking for my mother as well who has just stated that she is tired of eating black beans & kidney beans so this tasty looking recipe is a must try for us. I am very excited by what I see at this web site so I will be telling my health educator & friend about this. I will also share with my weekly health group. Thanks!!!

  18. Divorced Kat

    I made this but with modifications. It was a little flat so I added a can of drained diced tomatoes. I added extra tomato paste but still wanted more thickness so I added some nutritional yeast. I also chopped up a few kale leaves, just because I had it hanging around.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thanks for your feedback Kat, love your modifications especially the kale. I normally add pepper when it’s too flat. If the recipe is not thick enough, I cook a little longer or add starch (arrowroot, tapioca, corn, potato) mixed with water.

  19. This looks awesome and I have just about everything! As I’ll only be cooking this for myself I was wondering if anyone has tried to keep this in the freezer for a bit. Any thoughts?


    I am so happy to have found your recipe for chickpea stew that does not have the traditional cumin or curry but rather my favorite Italian spices. I prepared this for my dinner tonight and LOVED it! Although I followed the recipe exactly this time, I think it could be easily adapted to include whatever veggies are in season. In the future, I will try adding broccoli, green beans or maybe even some hardy greens such as kale or collards. Thanks again for a great recipe. It will definitely become one of my “go-to” recipes!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Charlene, thank you for your feedback.I’m so happy you enjoyed my recipe. Adding veggies sound like a great idea, next time I’ll do that too!


    Hi! I just made this and it’s really good! Thank you! I was wondering how many calories do you think this might be?

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Hello Rupica, I’m so happy you loved it and thank you for your feedback. I don’t know how many calories are in the recipe but you can find calorie calculators online such as myfitnesspal, loseit and fatsecret.

      • I am trying to lose about 10lbs so I am in calorie counting mode! I happened to enter this recipe Into my fitness pal and its approx 135 calories a serving. :)

        • Michelle Blackwood

          That’s so cool, I love my fitness pal. The key is to eat as much whole foods as possible. All the best in your journey!

  20. d. durand worthey

    Wow! This looks stunningly delicious! For reason my mouth and I agree on tomato based stews, soups and sauces. And this one served with rice looks like a winner. My mouth and I sincerely thank you. I will definitely be making this recipe. Thank you!

  21. LeShawn Sheridan

    Making this right now….I’ve recently become a fan of chickpeas and this recipe seems like it will be an awesome addition to my recipe box! Thank you!

  22. Dawn gibson-thigpen

    yum i love chickpea. i can eat them right out the can. haha. this dish looks and sounds aweseom

  23. Lalia Frolick

    This looks oh-so-good! I’ll have to make this for my family this week. I’m always looking for more excuses to use my amazing Instant Pot!

  24. You’re doing so much! but that’s good. It sounds like you’re going to be successful one day. :)

  25. I do love chickpeas. This sounds great. Congrats on the new and exciting things going on in your life!

  26. Nikki Jenner

    I’ve never tried chick peas before, but this chickpea stew looks delightful and sounds healthy too. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will put this on my list!

  27. Pamela Kuhn

    Congratulations on the cookbook! This recipe made me look for the ingredients to see if I could go make it now!

  28. That looks delicious. I’ve never actually had chickpeas before. They sound like they’re really good though.

  29. Terri Beavers

    I love that this is a vegan and gluten free recipe. I have a friend who is vegan and a daughter who has to eat gluten free so I could fix this for both of them.

  30. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    I like how it looks and the ingredients needed. Healthy too! This one’s worthy for a bite soon!

  31. Katy {ashadeofteal}

    I’ve been on a gluten free kick lately so I’m always looking for new recipes. This looks delicious.

  32. Ana De- Jesus

    I adore chickpeas and especially a gluten free stew would be so much kinder on my sensitive stomach!

  33. Laura Starner

    This is a great recipe. I love chick peas and they are so healthy. I will skip the brown rice.

  34. Bernadette Callahan

    My middle sons girlfriend is vegan so I am always trying to find good recipes. Saving this! Thanks for sharing!


    Oh, I love gluten-free foods! Thanks for sharing this recipe, this is a must try! It looks delicious!

  35. Elizabeth O.

    I really love chickpeas, from the texture to the flavor. It definitely adds depth to a recipe and this one looks so good.

  36. LOVE this recipe. Do you know I actually have all the ingredients in for this. Will be making it later tonight.


    What a delicious looking meal, I have just printed it out to cook later in the week. Thank you for sharing honey xxx

  37. Thanks for sharing this recipe. This is a double win; chick peas are a favourite and I always need new recipes for Meatless Mondays. Congrats on the move and all the exciting happenings.

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