50 things to make with tinned chickpeas

Sweet potato and chickpea Balti
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We've rounded up 50 different recipes which use cheap and healthy chickpeas. From curries and homemade hummus to pasta, salads and stews, these dishes make the most of a tin of chickpeas...

Chickpeas are cheap and healthy and can be added to so many different dishes. We've rounded up 50 of our favourite ways to use tinned chickpeas.

From homemade hummus to Moroccan tagines, fancy fish dishes to quick lunchbox ideas, these recipes make the most of the humble chickpea.

They are one of our favourite store-cupboard ingredients, especially the tinned kind, as you can use them straight from the can. Have a few tins on standby and add them to salads, stews, curries and weeknight pasta dishes.

They're a great source of protein and fibre, so add more chickpeas to your diet with our round up of 50 recipe ideas.

Click through to see them all...

Then try our lovely recipes to make with a simple tin of tuna.

Slimming World's chickpea and chilli cakes with minted yogurt dip

Slimming World's chickpea and chilli cakes with minted yogurt dip

You will need: 2 x 400g cans chickpeas

Want to entertain friends without breaking your diet? These impressive little chickpea and chilli cakes from Slimming World make for an ideal starter when served with a bowl of minted yogurt.

Smokey chickpeas

Smokey chickpeas

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You will need: 1 x 400g can chickpeas

Snack on nutritious chickpeas in front of the telly instead of crisps. Fried with a little paprika, olive oil and sea salt, these smokey chickpeas have a delicious flavour, and work as part of a Spanish tapas spread, too. 

Spanish-style squid

Spanish-style squid

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You will need: 2 x 400g cans chickpeas

Impress the family by making this authentic Spanish-style squid, slow-cooked with chickpeas and chorizo. Chickpeas are an essential ingredient in Spanish cuisine.  

Chickpea pesto salad

Chickpea pesto salad

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You will need: 1 x 400g can chickpeas 

Turn classic Greek salad into a filling lunchbox or side dish by adding canned chickpeas and some pesto. The earthy flavour of the chickpeas goes well with the sweet tomatoes and salty olives. Crumble Feta cheese over the top if you like. 

Sweet potato and griddled prosciutto salad

Sweet potato and griddled prosciutto salad

You will need: 8tbsp tinned chickpeas

Warm enough to eat outside? Get the white wine chilling in the fridge while you throw together this simple but impressive sweet potato and griddled prosciutto salad with chickpeas.

Warm spaghetti with rocket, raisins and chickpeas

Warm spaghetti with rocket, raisins and chickpeas

You will need: 1 x 400g can chickpeas

Chickpeas are packed with protein so they make an excellent alternative to meat in pasta dishes like this simple warm spaghetti with rocket, raisins and chickpeas. 

Chickpea and parsley soup

Chickpea and parsley soup

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You will need: 200g tinned chickpeas

Why buy expensive fresh soups from the supermarket when it's so easy to make your own. This nourishing chickpea and parsley soup is full of store cupboard favourites like red lentils, vegetable stock and, of course, those trusty tinned chickpeas. 

Chickpea and courgette eggah

Chickpea and courgette eggah

You will need: 1 x 400g can chickpeas

For a change from tortillas and frittatas, whip up an eggah - an authentic Arabian omelette. This one is packed with nutty chickpeas and juicy courgettes and can feed a family of 4 for less than a fiver. 

Tuna and chickpea salad

Tuna and chickpea salad

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You will need: 410g tinned chickpeas

Bored of the same old sarnies in your lunchbox? Have a break from bread and fill up with this nutritious tuna and chickpea salad instead - the protein in the fish and pulses will help keep you awake in the afternoon! 

Moroccan chickpea cakes

Moroccan chickpea cakes

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You will need: 1 x 400g can chickpeas

These moreish Moroccan chickpea cakes make a perfect lunchbox snack or picnic treat. Roll chickpeas, spring onions and breadcrumbs into balls, flatten into patties and then fry: simples. 

Spicy baked chickpeas

Spicy baked chickpeas

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You will need: 1 x 400g can chickpeas

Sometimes you just crave something salty to snack on. Next time that craving strikes, make a batch of these spicy baked chickpeas. All you do is drain and dry the canned chickpeas, then roast in the oven with oil and spices. 

Hummus

Hummus

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You will need: 200g tinned chickpeas

Stop! Put down that expensive tub of shop-bought hummus and have a go at making your own - it's so much tastier and you get bragging points to boot. Our recipe calls for 200g chickpeas, so double it to use up a whole can and use it up as a dip or spread for lunchbox wraps. 

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Meatball tagine

Meatball tagine

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You will need: 1 x 400g tin chickpeas

Family love meatballs? Instead of serving them up with spaghetti or mash, try this filling Moroccan meatball tagine which is packed with carrots, dried apricots and chickpeas. 

Couscous, chickpea and salmon salad

Couscous, chickpea and salmon salad

You will need: 75g tinned chickpeas

There's so much goodness in this packed lunch: green salad leaves, omega-3-rich salmon and our old friend chickpeas, which are packed with fibre, protein and iron. The recipe makes enough for 2 but you can easily increase the quantities. 

Carrot and Coriander burgers

Carrot and Coriander burgers

You will need: 410g tinned chickpeas

Mix together grated carrot, chickpeas, egg and lots of delicious herbs and spices to make these diet-friendly carrot and coriander burgers from Slimming World. They're so yummy, the meat-eaters will be after them.

Roasted red pepper and chive falafel

Roasted red pepper and chive falafel

You will need: 2 x 400g tins chickpeas

Mastered basic falafel? Give this Middle-Eastern snack a gourmet twist by whizzing up a batch of these delicious roasted red pepper and chive falafels.

Spiced sweet potato soup with garlicky croutons

Spiced sweet potato soup with garlicky croutons

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You will need: 410g tinned chickpeas

Make a batch of sweet potato soup more filling by adding tinned chickpeas to the broth. They add a lovely, nutty taste to the soup when you whizz it up.

Roast vegetable and chickpea salad

Roast vegetable and chickpea salad

You will need: 600g tinned chickpeas

Looking for healthy but filling lunchbox ideas? This salad does the job - it's crammed with different veggies like butternut squash, rocket and aubergines, plus chickpeas for protein and fibre. 

Chickpea and coriander salad

Chickpea and coriander salad

You will need: 250g tinned chickpeas

Yet another great lunchbox or side dish involving chickpeas - where would we be without 'em? This one has a subtle Indian flavour thanks to the coriander, mustard and a surprise ingredient - tea!

Spiced lamb crumble

Spiced lamb crumble

You will need: 410g tinned chickpeas

Crumble doesn't have to be sweet. Swap the sugar for your favourite hard cheese (the recipe uses Cheshire but Cheddar, Red Leicester or Parmesan would be delicious too) and bake this irresistible spiced lamb crumble - perfect comfort grub on rainy days or cold nights.

Citrus salmon

Citrus salmon

You will need: 1 x 400g tin chickpeas

We love this easy one-tray salmon dish which looks impressive served in the tin (put a heatproof mat down first!) when you've got friends over. The salmon sits on a bed of chickpeas, orange slices, mange tout and baby corn.

Cauliflower and radish salad

Cauliflower and radish salad

You will need: 210g tinned chickpeas

Trying to save money and bring healthy lunches to work? Make a batch of this cauliflower and radish salad the night before - add tinned tuna or pre-cooked chicken pieces to make it even more filling.

Spanish-style spaghetti

Spanish-style spaghetti

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You will need: 400g tin chickpeas

For a change from spag Bol, give your pasta a Spanish twist. This easy midweek dinner of spaghetti topped with chorizo and chickpeas is sure to become a new family favourite. 

Get the recipe: Spanish-style spaghetti (opens in new tab)

Mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas

Mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas

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You will need: 410g tinned chickpeas

Had a hard day? It's easy to break healthy-eating resolutions and cheer yourself up by eating stodge, but this warming dish of chicken and chickpeas is comfort food which is good for you, too. Serve the golden chicken thighs on top of a delicious chicken and chickpea broth with a swirl of yogurt. 

Curry pancakes

Curry pancakes

You will need: 200g tinned chickpeas

Who says pancakes have to be smothered in sugar? Savoury crepe fans will love these Indian-spiced pancakes stuffed with chicken, tomatoes, chickpeas and spinach. 

Sweet potato and chickpea Balti

Sweet potato and chickpea Balti

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You will need: 1 x 400g tin chickpeas

Make a meat-free balti for the family. This is a great recipe if you're short on ingredients as it uses spinach from the freezer and chickpeas and tinned tomatoes from the cupboard. 

Chorizo, chickpea and potato soup