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All Recipes, Main Dishes / September 7, 2022

Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale | Super Healthy and Packed with Goodness

This Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale is what delicious home cooking is all about. It´s packed with flavors, made with simple heart-healthy ingredients and done in about 30 minutes. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette to mop up all the goodness.

Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale
To make this recipe I used canned chickpeas. Just to make things easier. If you prefer, you can use dried chickpeas. Just soak them overnight in plenty of water and then simmer the following day for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.

Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale
What gives this stew that spicy kick is the hot smoked Spanish paprika. It´s not too spicy, just enough for the perfect balance of goodness. If you want a little more heat, you can also add in a pinch of chili powder.

Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used fresh kale, but you can also use frozen kale if you like. This stew reheats well and will hold for up to 5 days in the fridge, or you can freeze for up to 3 months.

Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale
4.67 from 3 votes

Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 526 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 cans chickpeas 15.5 oz / 440 grams each
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1/2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 600 ml
  • 4 oz fresh kale 100 grams
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Drain the cans of chickpeas into a colander, rinse under cold water and reserve about 10 chickpeas, roughly chop the onion, thinly slice the carrots, thinly slice the celery sticks and roughly chop 4 cloves of garlic

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 1 minute add in 2 whole cloves of garlic (peeled), mix continuously and sautee until lightly browned, then remove from the stock pot, transfer into a mortar and set aside

  4. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in all the chopped vegetables, mix continuously, after 3 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, 1/2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika and 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, quickly mix together, then add in the 2 tomatoes finely grated and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer

  5. Once the tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, add in the drained chickpeas, 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth and 2 bay leaves, raise to a high heat, once it comes to a boil place a lid on the pan and lower to a low medium heat

  6. Meanwhile, add the reserved 10 chickpeas into the mortar with the sauteed garlic, 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley and a kiss of sea salt, using a pestle pound down until you form a paste, roughly chop the kale and rinse under cold water

  7. After simmering the stew for 10 minutes remove the lid, add in the garlic paste and the kale, mix together and simmer until the kale is wilted, 1 to 2 minutes, then remove from the heat

  8. Transfer into shallow bowls and serve next to a crunchy baguette, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Spanish Paprikas I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chickpea Stew with Kale
Amount Per Serving
Calories 526 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 954mg41%
Potassium 1298mg37%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 22g92%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 17691IU354%
Vitamin C 81mg98%
Calcium 321mg32%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Peggy Lebair

    5 stars
    Great, easy to follow recipe with listed ingredients. Will try your soup !

    08 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Hope you enjoy! Much love 🙂

      08 . Sep . 2023
  2. Maria

    5 stars
    Great recipe with lovely flavours and you just know how healthy it is. Plus it’s quick and simple. Thank you

    06 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      06 . Sep . 2023
  3. Frank Cusmano

    4 stars
    Just made this stew, it is outstanding! It sure will feature as one of our winter favourites.

    09 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      10 . Sep . 2022
  4. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me i never had spicy chickpea stew with kale before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    07 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Ramya! Much love 🙂

      08 . Sep . 2022

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