These Recipes Prove Chickpeas Aren't Just For Hummus

DO MORE. (Chickpea pepperoni, for example.)

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are one of the most perfect foods. Hearty yet light, they’re satisfying all on their own but also pair well with a range of dishes.

With a flavor profile between neutral and nutty, chickpeas are a great backdrop for spices and sauces; they’re also delicious prepared with nothing more than a splash of lemon juice or a sprinkle of salt. They stay intact in soups and stews, turn perfectly crispy when fried, and create wonderful spreads and purees because of their natural creaminess ― we wouldn’t have hummus without them.

If you’re new to garbanzo beans, here are more than 20 chickpea recipes that will convert you into a full-blown chickpea lover.