Healthy Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Healthy Moroccan Chickpea Stew – An EASY 30 minute low carb meal filled with plant-based protein, and tons of flavor. To make this vegetarian dinner all you need is 1 pot and a handful of simple ingredients.

hand holding bowl of moroccan stew and rice.
Today we are going to talk about this delicious Moroccan Chickpea Stew. This recipe has everything I love – chickpeas, a hearty sauce, and it’s served over rice. It’s a delicious healthy dinner/lunch option, great for meal prep, and is vegetarian/vegan friendly.

A satisfying dish with tons of bold flavors, made in 30 minutes, and only requires 1 pot. Shall we?

What is Moroccan Spice?

Moroccan spice has a warm but zippy flavor to it. It’s not very spicy but can easily being adjusted by changing the amount of cayenne. My moroccan spice seasoning has fewer ingredients than the classic seasoning – it is a mixture of turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon. I also added paprika and graham masala since they are a part of the moroccan spice family – and I loved the flavor it gave!

How to make this Moroccan Chickpea Stew – step by step

  1. First, saute chopped onions in olive oil for 3 minutes on medium heat until onions are soft and edges are slightly browned.
  2. Stir into cooked onions – two cans of drained chickpeas, minced garlic clove, and all seasonings. Cook together for 1 minute so chickpeas are coated in flavor.
  3. Add 2 cans of diced tomatoes & tomato paste, 1 cup of water. Let simmer for 20 minutes on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. The finished product – sauce should be reduced, thicker, and bold with flavor.

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Extra Tips When Making This Moroccan Chickpea Stew

  • Don’t have chickpeas? You can use cannellini beans, butter beans, or lentils.
  • Meal prep this recipe to have as a prepared lunch or dinner for the busy week ahead.
  • Use fire roasted diced tomatoes for extra added flavor.
  • You can serve this chickpea stew with either rice, quinoa, or another favorite grain.

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Other healthy plant-based recipes you may enjoy
Healthy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Black Bean Vegetarian Fajita Recipe
Italian Kale and White Bean Soup
The Best Sweet Potato Chili

a pan of moroccan chickpea stew with a wooden spoon in it.

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hand holding bowl of moroccan stew and rice.

Healthy Moroccan Chickpea Stew

5 from 4 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Cooling time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Comforting Moroccan Chickpea stew! A healthy, 30 minute meal that is delicious, filling, and a great vegan/vegetarian recipe. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chickpea dinner, moroccan chickpea stew, plant based dinner, vegetarian dinner
Calories: 273 kcal
Author: A Simple Palate


  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 14-ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp each tumeric, paprika, and garam masala
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper
  • jasmine rice or quinoa
  • cilantro


  1. In a medium pot on medium heat, saute diced onion in olive oil for 3 minutes. Stir often, onions should be soft and edges should be slightly brown when done. Add garlic, chickpeas, salt & pepper, spices, and cook for about a minute until fragrant. 

  2. Add diced tomatoes, water, tomato paste, and simmer on low to medium heat for 20 minutes. Liquids will reduce and sauce will thicken. 

  3. Serve with cooked rice or quinoa with chopped cilantro. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

*calorie count does not include rice serving.


  • Don't have chickpeas? You can use cannellini beans, butter beans, or lentils.
  • Meal prep this recipe to have as a prepared lunch or dinner for the busy week ahead.
  • Use fire roasted diced tomatoes for extra added flavor.
  • You can serve this chickpea stew with either rice, quinoa, or another favorite grain.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Moroccan Chickpea Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Avatar for Bob Kramer Bob Kramer says:

    This is another recipe that we are sure to try – and the photos are great!

  • Avatar for LeTrice LeTrice says:

    Recently started eating no meat and the hardest thing so far has been finding good meat fulfilling recipes and this by far has achieved that. This is such an easy and tasty recipe!!

  • Avatar for Mindy Mindy says:

    Looks like an awesome recipe! I was wondering what’s the difference between this and Channa Masala (Indian chickpea dish)?

  • Avatar for Karen Karen says:

    Made this for lunches this week. Super easy and super yummy! Anyone know the nutritional values?

  • Avatar for Nicki Nicki says:

    Made this as a meal prep! Loved it so much especially with the rice. Added a little more spice. So good!

  • Avatar for Heather Heather says:

    Absolutely delicious!!

  • Avatar for Suzan J Suzan J says:

    I love chickpeas, so I’m really excited to try this. I love how easy stews are to make!

    • Avatar for Bethany Kramer Bethany Kramer says:

      Aren’t they? Love how easy this stew is. 🙂 Hope you enjoy this recipe if you try it.

  • Avatar for Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Hi! This recipe looks delicious, as I am a big fan of garbanzo beans. I will definitely be trying this out. A question that I have: do you drain the cans of diced tomatoes, or pour them in without draining?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Avatar for Bethany Kramer Bethany Kramer says:

      Hi Kathryn, I’m a big fan of garbanzo beans as well! I do not drain my diced tomatoes because I actually like the added tomato juices. And fear not, it all reduces and thickens by the end.
      🙂 Let me know how you like it when you try it!