Spanish Chickpea Stew (Recipe)

May 5, 2020

Spanish Chickpea Stew Recipe


✅ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

✅ 8 to 10 oz/283.5 g baby spinach

✅ ​​​​​2 1/2 oz/ 70.8 g blanched almonds

✅ 2 slices whole wheat bread, crust removed, cut into small cubes

✅ 3 garlic cloves, minced

✅ 1 1/4 tsp ground cumin

✅ 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

✅ 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

✅ Salt and pepper

✅ 2 tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar, more for later

✅ 1 small onion, chopped

✅ 1 small sweet bell pepper (any color), cored and chopped

✅ 1 lb canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

✅ 1/2 cup/ 141.7 g tomato sauce

For Garnish:

✅ Handful fresh cilantro leaves

✅ Cubed bread, toasted in olive oil

✅ Toasted blanched almonds


1️⃣ In a large skillet like this one, heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add spinach and cook, tossing regularly, until just wilted. Transfer spinach to a colander to drain.

2️⃣ Return skillet to heat and add a little more extra virgin olive oil. Add blanched almonds and bread. Saute briefly until almonds turn a golden brown color, then add garlic, spices, and a dash of salt and pepper. Cook briefly until garlic gains a little color, be sure to toss well so that the spices coat the almonds and bread.

3️⃣ Let cool briefly, then transfer almond and bread mixture to food processor fitted with a blade (a small food processor like this one works really well here.) Add vinegar and pulse a few times until you have a thick, crumbly, paste-like mixture. Set aside for now.

4️⃣ Wipe the skillet and add a little more extra virgin olive oil. Add chopped onion and bell pepper and cook, tossing regularly, until tender. Add chickpeas, tomato sauce, and 1/2 cup (125 ml) water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a high simmer, then lower heat and let simmer on low for about 10 minutes.

5️⃣ Add the wilted spinach and almond-bread mixture to the chickpeas. Stir and let simmer another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and pepper and spices to your liking (if you like it a little more spicy, add a dash more cayenne. And if you want it a bit more smoky, add a dash of smoked paprika.)

6️⃣ Finish with a splash more vinegar. Garnish with cilantro, toasted bread, and toasted blanched almonds (optional). Transfer to a serving bowl and add a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy warm or at room temperature with your favorite crusty bread!


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