This hearty garbanzo bean soup is Fall and Winter comfort food at its best. With chicken, white beans, and your favorite Southwestern spices, you’ll find this recipe very rewarding … in a feisty sort of way.
Chunks of chicken, white beans and chickpeas come together for a hearty flavorful garbanzo bean soup recipe.
Fall is perfect soup weather, and a perfect to spend time in the kitchen on a new soup recipe. This garbanzo bean soup was a great way to use the new harvest Colorado garbanzo beans I picked up at our Farmer’s market.
On our annual trip to roadside markets east of Denver, I grabbed a bag of about every Colorado grown dried bean they offered. I couldn’t resist including this photo. Of course I wanted to play in those big bins of beans.
I purchased quite a lot of dried chickpeas to make homemade hummus. And I also love incorporating them into soups.
Their beautiful bit of crunch proved to be a great addition to this garbanzo bean soup with navy beans and chicken.
And using the crock pot to cook dried beans makes this an easy meal.
Let’s take a look.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Dried Garbanzo Beans and Dried Navy Beans
- Chicken Broth
- Chicken Thighs
- Onion: Sweet onion or yellow.
- Green Bell Pepper
- Jalapeno Pepper
- Canola Oil
- Spices: Mexican Oregano, Chili Powder, Dried Onion, Garlic.
- Bay Leaf
- Fresh Lime
- Dried legumes: Use Great Northern beans, canellini beans, pinto beans or Mayocoba beans in place of Navy beans.
- Broth: Vegetable broth may be substituted for chicken broth.
- Bell Pepper: Use any color of bell peppers, red, yellow or orange.
- Jalapeno Pepper: A poblano pepper is always a good substitute for a jalapeno pepper. And it’s less spicy hot.
- Oregano: Mexican oregano is preferred for this recipe. It’s peppery, grassy, earthy flavor is a good compliment for Mexican Food. If you don’t have Mexican Oregano, substitute Marjoram. Known for its aroma and delicate flavor, its related to oregano and will bring a sweet undertone to any recipe.
- Chicken: You can substitute chicken breast for chicken thighs.
How To Make Garbanzo Bean Soup
- Step 1: Cook the dried chickpeas and beans. The crockpot is my tool of choice to cook dried beans to use in any type of soup. It’s easy. Just rinse the beans and pick through them and remove any misfits. Place them in your crockpot and cover them with enough water to cover by an inch. Throw in a bay leaf and add one heaping tablespoon of lard. Cook on low for 5 – 7 hours. When the beans are soft, drain them and remove the bay leaves.
- Step 2: You’re ready to cook the Soup: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in 6-quart soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Pat the chicken dry, and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Once the chicken is almost cooked, add the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Pro-Tip Cooking Dried Beans: Cooking time will vary with the freshness of the beans. Look for fresh harvest 1st year beans at Farmer’s markets. Or purchase beans from the bulk section. The fresher the bean, the less cook time. Beans purchased in bags at the grocery store are more than likely older and will take longer to cook.
- Step 3: Add the chili powder, Mexican oregano and dried onion flakes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
- Step 4: Turn the heat down to medium low. Add beans and chickpeas. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. If the soup gets too thick, thin it with a little water. Add lime juice and serve.
Garbanzo Bean Soup FAQ’s
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Chickpeas may offer a variety of health benefits such as aiding weight management and improving digestion. It’s high in protein, offering an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian diets. Source: Healthline.
Yes. Here’s a handy ratio to keep in mind when substituting canned beans for dried beans in any recipe. One 15-ounce can of beans equals the same yield as 1/2 cup dried beans. One cup dried beans will yield three cups cooked beans. With that said, substitute one 15-ounce cans of chickpeas for the dried. Drained and rinsed. Skip the slow cooker instructions and add the canned beans and chickpeas at the same time you add the broth.
Yes, everything about this soup is freezable. Freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat stovetop.
It’s my opinion that the only reason to soak beans overnight is so that they’ll cook a little faster. It simply all depends on if you plan ahead. Soaking beans overnight is optional.
There is no difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans. We’ve simply ended up with two names for the same legume because Garbanzo is the Spanish term and Chickpeas is the common English term. So yes, this can be called Garbanzo Bean Soup.
Chickpea Soup (Garbanzo Bean Soup) with White Beans and Chicken
Toppings For Garbanzo Bean Soup
The toppings are an important addition to this garbanzo bean soup by adding color and pizzaz. Here are some ideas:
- Sliced green onions.
- Sour cream.
- Bacon bits.
- Diced Tomatoes. Chopped multi-colored cherry tomatoes are a good choice here. Roasted tomatoes, such as slow roasted cherry tomatoes are a special treat for this recipe.
- Chopped cilanto.
I hope you give this Garbanzo bean Soup recipe a try. It’s as hearty as it is healthy and a cozy way to feed the family.
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Garbanzo Bean Soup with White Beans and Chicken
- 1/2 cup dried chickpeas or one 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed.
- 1/2 cups dried navy beans or one 15-ounce can navy beans, drained and rinsed.
- 1 heaping Tablespoon lard
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts or both, cut into bite-sized pieces
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 medium sweet onion chopped
- 2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
- 1 medium jalapeno seeds and veins removed, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon Mexican Oregano dried
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Garnishes: sour cream, cooked chopped bacon, diced cherry tomatoes, sliced green onion
- Rinse and pick through beans and chickpeas and remove any misfits. Place beans and chickpeas in a crockpot. Cover with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Soak beans overnight.
- The next morning, add a tablespoon of lard (or vegetable oil) and the bay leaves. Cook on low until beans are tender. Depending on how fresh the beans are, this could take anywhere from 5 – 7 hours.
- Remove bay leaves.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in 6-quart soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Pat the chicken dry, and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Once the chicken is almost cooked, add the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the chili powder, Mexican oregano and dried onion flakes.
- Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
- Turn the heat down to medium low. Add beans and chickpeas. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. If the chili gets too thick, thin it with a little water.
- Stir in the lime juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with the garnishes.
- Don’t fret, if you haven’t soaked the beans, go ahead and cook them, knowing it will take a little longer for them to soften.
- Cooking Dried Beans: Cooking time will vary with the freshness of the beans. Look for fresh harvest 1st year beans at Farmer’s markets. Or purchase beans from the bulk section. The fresher the bean, the less cook time. Beans purchased in bags at the grocery store are more than likely older and will take longer to cook.
- Many believe that adding salt or acids like tomato or vinegar too early in the cooking process will prevent the beans from getting soft. This can be especially important if using older beans. Source: Rancho Gordo.
- Store dried beans in a cool dark place in a glass jar or air-tight container with a lid. They will be good for about two years. After that, they are still edible, but the quality will have deteriorated.
- If you’l like to thicken the soup, take a large fork and mash some of the cooked beans against the side of the pan. This mash will thicken the soup.
- You can expect one cup of dried beans to yield about 3 cups of cooked beans.
- Garbanzo soup is even better the next day.
Southwestern Garbanzo Bean Soup With Chicken … It’s What’s for Dinner
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.