Chickpeas with Ground Meat (Garbanzos con Carne Molida)

Garbazos con Carne

I made chickpeas with ground meat for lunch yesterday and it was so simple and delicious that I decided I needed to post it for you today. This is not a dinner party dish, but if you’re looking for an easy recipe in which to use ground meat and canned chickpeas, this is a pretty good way.

Buen provecho!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef and ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon achiote
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more.
  2. Add the ground meat, and cook until well browned, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the cumin, salt, pepper, achiote and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Add in the beef stock, tomato paste and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Add the cilantro and serve warm.
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  1. Kitty says

    Perfect! I have several cups of chickpeas that I need to use today. I don’t have achiote in the house, do you think a packet of Sazon with Azafrán would work? I have saffron also.

  2. Kitty says

    I made this week b4 last and it was very tasty. It’s a keeper! I printed and added to my recipe folder. Easy to make & a good meal for days when I’m especially busy or exhausted. I had to use ground turkey because that was the only ground meat in the freezer that day. The sazon con azafran worked just fine but I’ll buy achiote next time I can find it. Thanks

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