Mediterranean Chickpea Chili


Hearty and flavorful, this dish is a perfect example of how dynamic and satisfying a meatless chili can be. Substitute vegetable stock for chicken for a truly spectacular vegetarian dish. Serve with a fresh green salad and crusty baguette for a complete dinner.

Mediterranean Chickpea Chili
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large onions, sliced (2 cups)

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 large green sweet pepper, cut in bite-size strips (1-1/4 cups)

  • 3 15-16 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • cup pitted halved Kalamata olives

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • Crumbled feta cheese (optional)


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the onions, garlic, basil, and crushed red pepper in hot oil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until softened. Add the sweet pepper and cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add garbanzo beans and cook 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add the broth and olives. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in the grape tomatoes. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, just until wilted and heated through. Remove chili from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup feta cheese and lemon peel until cheese is melted. Top each serving with additional cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
11g Fat
59g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 812mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 42.5mg 213%
Calcium 171.6mg 13%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 725mg 15%
Folate, total 173.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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