Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are one of the most perfect foods. Hearty yet light, they’re satisfying all on their own but also pair well with a range of dishes.
With a flavor profile between neutral and nutty, chickpeas are a great backdrop for spices and sauces; they’re also delicious prepared with nothing more than a splash of lemon juice or a sprinkle of salt. They stay intact in soups and stews, turn perfectly crispy when fried, and create wonderful spreads and purees because of their natural creaminess ― we wouldn’t have hummus without them.
If you’re new to garbanzo beans, here are more than 20 chickpea recipes that will convert you into a full-blown chickpea lover.