Moroccan Chickpea Stew
Cozy up for Fall or Winter with a big bowl of this Moroccan Chickpea Stew! This stew is easy to make, is naturally vegan and gluten-free and is packed with flavour.
Easy vegan Moroccan stew
There’s nothing quite like a cozy stew in the Fall and Winter. Whether it’s a big bowl of lentil stew, peanut stew or chickpea stew, it always makes the perfect hearty and filling meal.
This Moroccan chickpea stew recipe is the perfect combination of protein, vegetables, carbs and spices to create a delicious dish that can be enjoyed on its own or served with rice, quinoa or couscous.
The stew is made with warming spices like cinnamon, curry and paprika which are traditional in Moroccan cooking and give the stew a unique Middle-Eastern taste that you won’t be able to get enough of.
Why you’ll love this chickpea stew
- Hearty and filling. One of my favourite things about this dish is that it is extremely hearty and filling for a vegetarian meal. Each serving of this stew has 14 grams of fibre and 15 grams of protein.
- Can be made on the stove or in a crockpot. I originally made this recipe using a crockpot, which you’ll find instructions for below, but recently re-made it using a regular pot on the stove as I know many people don’t have crackpots. The beauty of this recipe is it can easily be made both ways!
- Freezer-friendly. This is not just a fantastic recipe for meal prep, but it also freezes beautifully and can be kept in the freezer to have on hand whenever you need it.
Moroccan Chickpea Stew ingredients
- Onion: any good stew starts with onion! Use any kind of cooking onion you like.
- Garlic: This is another essential ingredient to build flavour in a stew. Make sure to use fresh garlic
- Sweet potato: this gives some body and heartiness to the stew. You can also use white potatoes if you prefer them to sweet potatoes.
- Kale: this is optional, but is a great way to sneak in some extra greens 😉
- Chickpeas: I use canned chickpeas, but if you want to use dried chickpeas you can use them too. Just pre-cook the dried chickpeas before adding them to the stew.
- Tomato sauce: any kind of your favourite tomato plain tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes.
- Vegetable broth: any type of veggie broth or stock will work.
- Spices: this stew is made with a combination of cinnamon, curry, paprika, cumin and turmeric.
- Brown sugar: just a touch to balance out the flavours in the stew. You can substitute this with honey or maple syrup.
How to make Moroccan Chickpea stew
Sautee the onion and garlic in a large pot on medium-high heat for a couple of minutes. Then add in the chopped sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
Next add the tomato sauce, vegetable broth, spices and brown sugar and mix everything together to combine. Bring the stew to a light boil, then cover it with a lid and let the stew simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
Once the stew is cooked, add in the chopped kale and mix together until the kale is whilted. Serve the stew as is or top it off with some fresh parsley or cilantro.
How to make this stew in a crockpot
This chickpea stew recipe was originally made in a crockpot. Here are the directions if you’d still like to make it with your crockpot or slow cooker.
- Heat a pan with avocado oil on medium-high heat. Add the onion and let cook for 3 minutes. Next, add the garlic and let cook for one more minute.
- Turn the heat off and add put the onions and garlic into the crockpot, along with all the other ingredients.
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
How to store, freeze and reheat leftovers
Fridge: store any leftover stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Freezer: let the stew cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. To defrost the stew let it thaw on the countertop.
Reheat: heat up your stew in a pot on the stove on in a bowl in the microwave.
Expert tips for making chickpea stew
- Add in any veggies you love. One thing I LOVE about this crockpot Moroccan chickpea stew is that it’s so versatile. Try adding some vegetables like broccoli, green beans or cauliflower.
- Don’t use Italian-style tomato sauce. To keep this stew tasting Moroccan, make sure not to use an Italian tomato sauce such as a basil & Italian herb tomato sauce. Use just plain tomato sauce or a can of crushed tomatoes.
- Use any bean or legume. Don’t have chickpeas? Try making this stew with lima beans, lentils or any other type of legume you like to use.
- Serve with bread or rice. If you like to add some grains to your meal try serving this stew with some crusty bread or over some rice.
A soup is made with a large amount of liquid in a pot and generally has a liquidy texture. A stew is made by stewing ingredients together in a pot and is typically much thicker than a soup.
Yes. To use dried chickpeas in this recipe cook them according to package directions, then add them to the stew. Do not add the dried chickpeas directly to the stew.
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Moroccan Chickpea Stew
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main
- Method: Cook
- Cuisine: Moroccan
- Diet: Vegan
A hearty vegan and gluten-free Moroccan-inspired stew!
- 1 tbsp avocado oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into cubes
- 15 oz can chickpeas , drained
- 2 cups tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp brown sugar (can sub maple syrup)
- 2 cups kale, chopped
- Heat the avocado oil in a large pot on medium-high heat then add the onion and garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
- Next add the sweet potato and chickpeas and mix them together.
- Add the tomato sauce, vegetable broth, spices and brown sugar and mix everything together, letting the stew come to a light boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- Remove the lid and add the chopped kale. Mix together until the kale is wilted.
- Serve as is or top with some fresh parsley or cilantro.
Store leftovers in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
Add any vegetables you love to this stew.
- Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
- Calories: 350
- Sugar: 7g
- Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 60g
- Fiber: 14g
- Protein: 15g
Keywords: moroccan chickpea stew, crockpot chickpea stew, moroccan chickpea soup, vegan moroccan stew
I love this recipe! It was easy and fast to throw together as well. I love that I can throw it all into a pot, walk away and come back to a finished meal. My local store did not have sweet potato so I used Jamaican sweet potato and it turned out great! I gave it an extra 5 minutes to simmer since these potatoes are a bit firmer than regular sweet potato. I had to find a use for my leftover whipped cream cheese to I added a dollop on top as a garnish woth some salt and pepper and it was perfect. Next I think I will serve it over some jasmine rice to help keep me fuller, longer at work.
So happy you liked them krista!
Delicious! I doubled the recipe and had recently cleared out my cupboard, so I tossed in a can of yams and a can of cooked carrots and swapped two cups of sauce (in my doubled recipe) for a can of diced tomatoes. Otherwise, I follow it perfectly. It’s fabulous. I’m making rice to go with it. Thank you!
So happy you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂
I made this in the instant pot instead of the crockpot and really liked it. I served it with cilantro as suggested, plus goat cheese, chopped peanuts and raisins (since I knew my husband wouldn’t like raisins on his), over brown rice. It was a real crowd pleaser! My only issue is the acidity seemed to give all of us some trouble reflux wise… I think I’ll do a little less tomato sauce and a little more broth next time. I wonder if that was worse because it was cooked in the instant pot?
Glad you enjoyed it Vicki!
Are you supposed to drain and rinse the chickpeas before adding? Or add the entire can, liquid and all?
Hi Holly, it’s best to drain the chickpeas before adding them, you can optionally rinse them if you want but it’s not necessary.
This was absolutely incredible! The honey cuts the cayenne and vice versa. Made with jasmine rice. Out of this world! I will be making this all year round. Thank you so so much! Used sweet potatoes as recipe suggested as an option vs regular potatoes and added just an extra can of chik peas with a tad more broth. I added a half cup of raisins. Wow! What a treat and such a special dish. 💕 ty for sharing
Hi Stephanie, I’m so happy you liked the recipe!
I have made this several times. It is so easy and incredibly flavorful. I sprinkle with roasted pumpkin seeds for a little crunch.
Thank you so much for the delicious and nutritious recipe.
Hi Dianne, glad you enjoyed the recipe! Love the idea of adding some pumpkin seeds on top!
Can you freeze leftovers from this soup?
Hi Jessie, yes! this freezes well.
How big should your Crockpot be? Mine is only 1.8 litres- is that big enough? And how many servings does this recipe make?
Hi KJ, this recie makes 4 servings. Everything should fit in your pot
If I want add meat, what would be the best according to taste?
Hi Barbara, I’m not sure I understand your question- are you asking what type of meat you can add to this recipe?
How can I cook this recipe without a crockpot? Stove top? Dutch oven? How long?
Hi Jess, you can cook this in a regular pot by adding all the ingredients to the pot and cooking it on low heat for about an hour!
Love this recipe! I use diced tomatoes and add spinach at the end. Lovely flavours.
Thanks Donna! Happy you enjoyed 🙂
I just made this now and it is so delicious! With the autumn weather starting I brought out my crockpot and this was the first stew of the season. Chopped everything up in the morning, put on the heat, started work, and had a fresh hot lunch waiting for me (ah, the joys of working from home!) I added raisins as suggested and used diced tomatoes + tomato paste because I didn’t have tomato sauce and it turned out wonderful. Topped with Greek yogurt and served on a bed of warm basmati rice, this was perfect for a cozy midday pick-me-up 😊
Thanks for the review Cleo! Glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂
Hi, I’m loving the look of this dish. I have a question – tomato sauce listed under ingredients, is that tomato puree, canned tomatoes or is is it like tomato sauce the condiement? Thanks heaps!
Hi Shannon, It’s just plain tomato sauce! (Like this!) You can also use crushed tomatoes if you like!
What size can of chickpeas should one use?
a 15-19 oz can!
This was delicious!Instead on rice I used garlic naan bread.
I brought leftovers to work, and all my coworkers wanted to try some because it smelt so good!
When they tried it, they all asked for the recipe!
Keeper for sure!
Thanks for the review Sara! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! I bet this is so good with a side of naan bread!
Have type 2 diabetes. Stew is excellent. Doesn’t send blood sugar thru the roof. Filling.
Hi Alfonso, thank you! That’s wonderful to hear!
Very nice thanks
I want to make this recipe BUT the person I will be sharing it with cannot eat tomatoes. Do you have a sub suggestion? Thanks in advance 🙂
PS. Love making your recipes
Hi Jessie! One option would be to make some roasted red pepper sauce and use that instead. (You can find a simple recipe for that online, roasted peppers and veggie stock blended together essentially.) This would be the closest substitute you can use! Another option is to use some flavourful broth and maybe try a bit of pumpkin or sweet potato puree instead? I haven’t tested these out so I can’t say how it will alter the taste but I’m confident one of these will work!
Found this through Pinterest – turned out great as my very first crockpot foray! 🙂
For those who wonder, you CAN use raw (not previously boiled) chickpeas.. Just adjust the time spent cooking by adding a few more hours (I added 3 hrs) and ensure you add enough liquid to keep it from burning (I used almost a full quart of vegetable stock and by the end it was definitely still a “topping” for rice vs a soupy stew).
Thanks for sharing this – it’ll be a go-to for me! 🙂
Hi Chelsea, That’s great a really great tip! I hadn’t tried it with raw chickpeas before but that sounds really great. So glad you enjoy this recipe!:)
This recipe sounds absolutely amazing! I love that it’s so easy to make. Perfect for me because I love being lazy. 🙂
Thanks Ela! and yes exactly! Great for those lazy days:)
Takes a bit of time, but super easy to make and you have a great excuse to relax at home while everything is cooking. 🙂
Thanks Ver! It’s a great recipe to just throw in the pot and go read or relax. You can ever go out and leave a crockpot plugged in which is great! 😀
Great light! This recipe looks amazing. Have to try this one! 😉
Thanks Laura! I hope you enjoy!
Thanks Laura! It’s a great recipe for a cold winter day!
I made this last night and it was great!!
Sara! I’m so happy you liked it! 🙂
This sounds lovely. I wonder how well it would work if you used raw chickpeas (instead of canned) and used the crockpot to cook the raw chickpeas in the broth. I’m gonna give it a shot!
Thanks Ariel! I have not tested it with raw chickpeas but I would imagine you may need to add in some more liquids since the chickpeas will absorb it as they cook!