Stewed Chickpeas and Ground Meat

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This recipe for stewed chickpeas and ground meat is so velvety and rich. We used ground boar, but any ground meat will do for this stewed chickpea recipe.

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Stewed Chickpeas and Ground Meat

This recipe for stewed chickpeas and ground meat is so velvety and rich. We used ground boar, but any ground meat will do for this stewed chickpea recipe.
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Cook Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 497kcal



  • 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground meat boar, bison, beef, or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms trimmed and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds yellow, black, or both, optional
  • 4 carrots peeled and small-diced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 14.5- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28- ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spice Mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder more or less to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander optional

For Serving:

  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice plus lemon wedges
  • Cooked rice


Prepare the Spice Mixture:

  • Combine the spices in a bowl and set aside.

Cook the Meat:

  • In a wide sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the ground meat and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until well-browned all over and completely cooked through. Season with half the spice mixture and salt and pepper and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked meat to a large bowl.

Sauté the Vegetables:

  • Add the butter to the pan over medium heat. Once melted and frothy, add the diced onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring regularly, for 8-10 minutes until they release and re-absorb their liquid. They should be well-browned. Do not season with salt and pepper until after they've browned.
  • Add the mustard seeds along with the carrots and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Prepare the Stew Base:

  • Return the cooked meat to the pan and toss to combine. Sprinkle the flour over all the ingredients in the pan and toss to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the flour begins to turn golden brown.
  • Whisk in the chicken stock, scraping up browned bits at the bottom of the pan as you incorporate the stock. Bring to a boil.

Finish the Stew:

  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chickpeas, sugar, and the remaining spice mix. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the stew from sticking.

Prepare the Garnish:

  • In a bowl, combine the minced parsley with the lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt.

To Serve:

  • Spoon the stew over cooked rice and garnish with lemon wedges and the fresh parsley. Enjoy!


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 1039mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 23mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I Made this!!! Absolutely amazing, I am lazy so I made it all using one pot, (no transferring into bowls)
    I am writing this to help myself remember for next time. I used 2 carrots, one onion, sauteed them first and then cooked the beef with them. Added 1 can diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 can chickpea rinsed , and, 3 cups of chicken broth, and brought to a boil. Cut down the sugar, spices and flour in half. Didn’t have mushrooms or mustard seeds. Used all spices including cayenne pepper and ground coriander. I mixed all in a bowl like the recipe said but ended up only putting in half of the mixture of spices.

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe; when made with the optional cayenne pepper, it’d be perfect for super cold winter days. (I just tried it as Spring arrived.) Only question I had was when to add the mustard seed, as the instructions do not include that detail.

    1. Thanks for the feedback and for the catch! I’ve amended the recipe–the mustard seeds are added in after the mushrooms.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow ! This is very flavorful. I omitted the mushrooms, used passata instead of tomato sauce, and added extra cayenne. This will definitely be a staple dish when the weather is cooler.

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