Mar 15
2011

Crockpot Chickpea Stew Recipe with Balsamic Caramelized Onions

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Crockpot Chickpea Recipe with Balsamic Onions

There are only so many workouts one can do to work off Irish Cream Cheesecake Brownies. After a couple of days of indulgence around here, it was time to break out the healthy recipes. The last time I pulled out my crockpot (slow cooker) for a vegetarian dish, I made a chickpea and tomato stew, spiced with ginger and coriander.

This time, I veered off in a different direction. Inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean, I simmered nourishing chickpeas with deeply-flavored balsamic onions, tomatoes and kalamata olives. Once cooked, each serving is topped with feta cheese and chopped parsley.

With 7.6 grams of fiber and 8.9 grams of protein per 100 grams, chickpeas make a hearty meal that will keep you feeling full for several hours…or at least long enough to ward off that next brownie craving.

The onions:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

Add 1/4 cup water and oregano. Cover and cook until the onions are golden brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Add additional 1/4 cup water. Cover the pan again and cook until the onions are deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in balsamic vinegar. Cover the pan and cook until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes and kalamata olives.

The Stew:

Pour chickpeas into the bottom of a crockpot. Pour the onion mixture over the chickpeas.

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Cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours.

Serve as a side dish or over rice as an entree. Garnish with feta cheese and chopped parsley.

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Other vegetarian stews:

Cookin’ Canuck’s Crockpot Gingered Stew and Spicy Tomato Stew
The Kitchn’s Vegetarian Guinness Stew
eCurry’s Roasted Vegetable Stew with Coconut Milk
Herbivoracious’ Persian-Italian Eggplant Stew

Crockpot Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions
 
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 4 as entree
Ingredients
The Onions:
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup water, divided
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes & juices
  • ⅓ cup chopped kalamata olives
The Stew:
  • 2 cans (14 oz. each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley
Instructions
The onions:
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add ¼ cup water and oregano. Cover and cook until the onions are golden brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add additional ¼ cup water. Cover the pan again and cook until the onions are deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in balsamic vinegar. Cover the pan and cook until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes and kalamata olives.
The Stew:
  1. Pour chickpeas into the bottom of a crockpot. Pour the onion mixture over the chickpeas. Cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Serve as a side dish or over rice as an entree. Garnish with feta cheese and chopped parsley.
Notes
Calories 359.6 / Total Fat 8g / Saturated Fat 2.5g / Cholesterol 11mg / Sodium 1065mg / Total Carbohydrates 58.2g / Fiber 11.7g / Sugar 3g / Protein 14g / WW (Old Points) 7 / WW (Points+) 9
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bellini March 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm

These days I cannot do without my chickpeas.

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2 Lauren from Lauren's Latest March 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I have all of these ingredients in my pantry! Awesome! I’m going to make this. Love those caramelized onions.

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3 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

I love chickpeas and this stew looks so good! What a great idea to add balsamic caramelized onions. I can’t wait to try your recipe, it sounds amazing. :)

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4 Katrina March 16, 2011 at 5:29 am

This stew looks so tasty. I LOVE what you did with the onions. I’m going to try this asap!

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5 Rosemary March 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

Love the chickpeas, love the whole stew. And I love that it looks like an indulgence.

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6 Mushrooms Canada March 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

Oh yum… Look at those caramelized onions… Gorgeous! This would definitely fill me up and ward off my cupcake cravings! ;)
– Brittany

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7 Jenny Flake March 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

Gorgeous Dara! I bet this chickpea stew is to die for!

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8 EatLiveRun March 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

I just bought my first crock pot two weeks ago so I think it’s a definite sign that I MUST make this stew!

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9 doughmesstic March 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

How hearty! Gorgeous photos, too, as always!

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10 Stefania March 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

bella ricetta , ciao

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11 Heidi @ Food Doodles March 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

Love chickpeas :) This looks great!

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12 Maria March 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

Great stew and I love your cute bowls!

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13 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Thanks, Maria. Those bowls were a fun find at Crate & Barrel.

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14 Sanjeeta kk March 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

How refreshing and delicious a stew could be…this one prove the same :) Lovely & healthy!

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15 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

I hear ya! We have been eating up the veggies too around here! I love chickpeas. Btw- still just loving your new site…So clean and crisp! ♥- Katrina

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Thanks, Katrina. I love it, too and can’t thank my designer, Christy Broxton, enough for her hard work.

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17 Nithu March 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

That’s wonderful vegetarian recipe. Am tempted to try.

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18 theFromagette March 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I’d like to have that for lunch. Right now. Looks delicious Dara!!

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19 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

What a wonderful and hearty stew to send us into spring! Dara, your photos are so inspiring and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe and your talents in the kitchen and behind the lens!

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Aww, thank you, Georgia. I really appreciate your comments.

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21 Lori @ RecipeGirl March 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Oh goodness, the caramelized onions alone are making this dish call to me. I’ve indulged too much lately too!

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22 Tracy March 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

This looks lovely! I am always looking for more crockpot meal ideas. Yum!

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23 Mindee@ourfrontdoor March 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Hi Dara,

We “met” today on a conference call and I just wanted to stop by and say hi. What a beautiful site you have. Your recipes look great and the photos are beautiful. I am impressed!

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24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Hi Mindee, I’m so glad you stopped by. I didn’t catch the name of everyone’s blogs on the call, and I look forward to stopping by yours.

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25 Nancy@acommunaltable March 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Wonderful flavor combination. To be honest, I had no idea you could do the canned beans in a slow cooker. Have never done it since I was always afraid they would break down too much – so glad to find out they don’t so I can’t wait to make this!!

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I have made a couple of chickpea dishes in the crockpot and am always pleasantly surprised by the texture of the chickpeas in the final product. They remain quite firm.

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27 Kalynskitchen March 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Sounds very tasty, especially with the Feta cheese on top!

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28 Parsley Sage March 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Oh my goodness! This looks super good. And the fact that its a crock pot recipe makes it even better in my book. I love putting everything in the pot before work and then getting slammed by lovely-smelling goodness at the end of a long day :) Well done!

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29 The Newlywed Chefs March 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Mmm… this sounds wonderful. What a great flavor combination!

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30 Rosemary March 17, 2011 at 3:41 am

You had me at Chickpea – I love them. I have stopped all meat for Lent, so this is a wonderful vegetarian recipe, even my carnivore husband will enjoy! Thanks :)

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31 Emily @Cleanliness March 17, 2011 at 7:27 am

GORGEOUS.

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32 Dana March 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

I am making this!! The only thing I love more than chickpeas are mediterranean flavors. This is so my dish!

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33 Kimby March 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Enjoyed the tour of your new site — it suits you! — and I’m glad you picked the focaccia photo to feature in your header. It’s as wonderful as it looks! Now to try this recipe… :)

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34 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Thank so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed the focaccia recipe. It’s one of my favorites.

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35 Claire March 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

Yum!! Love caramelized onions, like, absolutely love. And i have the same bowls you do!

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36 foodwanderings March 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Well this is a stew I can have anyday! Dara, just wanted to tell you how you got such a spectacular eye to color contrast and different textures and material. You put them all together so well. I believe I got the same kitchen towel but I don;t think I can make it look so pretty.

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37 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

These look delicious! I love caramelized onions in anything.

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38 A Canadian Foodie March 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

I am like Valerie (bellini) I am loving my chick peas and crave them constantly, so this dish holds great appeal for me and you have definitely made it look delicious and inviting.
YUM!
Valerie

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39 The Food Hunter March 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

I eat a lot of chickpeas…I will have to try your recipe soon.

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40 yvette January 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Thank you so much! Found this (and your blog) google searching chickpea recipes (for my vegetarian aspie son). This is our new family go-to favorite! Looking forward to spending more time on your blog and trying out more of the recipes you have to offer.

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41 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 6:43 am

I’m so glad to hear that! Tell your son that it’s one of my favorite, meals, too.

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42 papa Johns Coupon Code August 1, 2013 at 2:29 am

When all else fails, you can always call your favorite shop and ask what pizza deals they are offering.
A good place to explore and share all the gastronomic delights of India is the Khana
Khazana website. The best way to order a pizza is to use your cell phone.

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43 Berni October 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

This looks amazing….but I don’t use a crockpot….how can I cook this on the stovetop? PS….love your recipes!

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