Simple Recipes – Beef Stew with Chickpeas


  • 1/2 lb lean beef, cut into cubes for stew
  • 2 15.5 oz cans chickpeas (also called Garbanzo beans), washed
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped finely or crushed in a food processor
  • 2 medium tomato, finely chopped or crushed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup warm water
  • salt, curry powder to taste


Wash the beef cubes, remove excess water and cook it covered in a saucepan on low heat. It will turn soft and you should be able to easily cut it in small bite size pieces with a fork or knife. Add onions and olive oil in another saucepan and saute slowly for 2-3 minutes at medium heat. Add tomato, tomato paste, salt and curry powder, mix and saute slowly for another 2-3 minutes. Add cooked beef, chickpeas and water, cover and let it simmer for another 30 minutes or until chickpeas turn soft.  Serve with basmati rice or a slice of whole grain bread.