Quick & Easy Chickpea Chili Stew

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have been eating this like crazy a few times a week. I created this recipe one day when I was bored and wanted something new to eat. Though this recipe has no resemblance to Chana Masala, I believe on this day I was craving it and combined a bunch of items from my pantry into a pan and ended up making it into a chili inspired dish. I know Chana Masala to suddenly creating a chili is insanely different, but sometimes you have to work with what you have. 


When I first created the recipe, it was using pasta sauce. I wanted to make this more unique and from scratch to put my own stamp on this random dish. I didn’t even know what to call it. So I came up with the name Stovetop Chickpea Chili Stew. 

I am so happy that I randomly created this because it is just SO delicious. It is hearty, filling, and goes great with so many dishes. At first I would only eat it with rice but I now love it with potatoes. It is full of protein and packed with veggies so it’s a great way to get a well balanced meal that takes no time and tastes amazing. 

I also love to add additional veggies like broccoli to the dish to make it even more filling and healthy. 

I am all about those quick and easy meals that you can make in bulk and eat it throughout the week. It just makes life so much easier to have those hearty meals in no time and keep you satisfied throughout the day. 

Remember if you make this, “tag” me on Instagram so I can see! 

Easy Stovetop Chickpea Chili Stew
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 15oz. Can Rinsed & Drained Chickpeas
  2. 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  3. 1/3 Cup Carrots, Chopped
  4. 2 Zucchinis, Shredded
  5. 2 Garlic Gloves, Minced
  6. 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  7. 1 Cup Tomato Passata
  8. 1 Tsp & 1/2 Tsp Brown Sugar (Or Coconut Sugar)
  9. 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  10. 1 Tsp Chilli Powder
  11. 1/4 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  12. 1/4 Tsp Pepper
  13. Dash Red Pepper Flakes
  14. Salt To Taste
  1. Begin by chopping your carrots and onions & shredding your zucchini by using a standing grater.
  2. Heat up a large sauté pan with olive oil (or water) and cook onions and carrots for 5-6 minutes.
  3. After 5-6 minutes, add in your garlic and zucchini. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. After 2 minutes, add in your chickpeas and cook until zucchini has fully cooked down (Another 2-3 minutes). Add in your tomato paste and stir to combine, making sure everything is evenly coated.
  5. Add in your one cup of passata (could also use tomato sauce (canned, NOT flavored in any way. Passata is already lightly salted.)
  6. Add in your sugar and taste. Sometimes you may need less or more so add it gradually.
  7. Add in your chili powder, smoked paprika and nutritional yeast and let cook for another 5 minutes or until fully thickened. Then, add in your pepper, red pepper flakes and salt.
  8. Serve alongside rice, potatoes, or whatever you like!
Plant Based Jane http://plantbasedjane.com/




  1. Sharon Still
    January 2, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    this looks great. actually most of your posts look and sound great. I am not vegan but can handle these for sure……Thanks!
    and to think you hated food when you were little . 🙂

    • plantbasedjane
      January 4, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Haha thank you! I know, right? My childhood diet was pretty pathetic lol. Hope to see you soon!

  2. February 18, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Do you think I could substitute maybe cabbage for the zucchini? I’m not a fan of zucchini 😅. Do you have another recommendation for substitution?

    • plantbasedjane
      February 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

      You could! Or add more carrots! You can leave it out all together as well 🙂

  3. Viktorija
    March 26, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    I made this chili and it tasted like heaven! I just added a pinch of cummin. This is literally my favourite recipe of all time now. 🙂 Thanks!

    • plantbasedjane
      March 27, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      This makes me so happy to read! I am so happy that you enjoy it.

  4. Melanie
    April 11, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Can I leave out the yeast? Or use something else in stead of the yeast?

    • plantbasedjane
      April 15, 2017 / 11:44 am

      You can leave it out or add some Vegan cheese!

  5. April 11, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Tus recetas dan tanto apetito, es increíble el hambre que me das. Tienes muy buenas recetas, fotos geniales, sencillos, abundantes y sin carne.

    Te felicito!! ojalá se me ocurrieran ideas como las tuyas 🙂

  6. Sharon Still
    May 25, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Congratulations Jane. That is quite an accolade. So glad your talents are being recognized. Also I admire your vegan Ways!!!!!! Great ethics!!

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