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Beef Chili with Chickpeas, FIgs and Moroccan Spices

Have you tried garbanzo beans in chili? You'll love the twist on a classic. Moroccan spices & dried figs transform beef chili with chickpeas.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Entrees
Keyword: chili with chickpeas, garbanzo beans in chili
Servings: 2
Calories: 691kcal


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped fine
  • 1/2 red, green, or yellow bell pepper , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces 85 percent lean ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup canned chickpeas , rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Dried Figs , stemmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice , plus extra for serving


  • Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, paprika, ginger, coriander, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften and spices are fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and their juice, tomato sauce, chickpeas, and figs and bring to simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender and chili is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. (If chili begins to stick to bottom of pot, stir in ¼ cup water.) Stir in lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve, passing lemon, sour cream, and cilantro separately. 


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Calories: 691kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 999mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1517IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 7mg