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Spanish Spinach with Chickpeas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Looking for a chickpea recipe?  ‘Espinacas con Garbanzos’ (Spanish Spinach with Chickpeas) is a popular tapa from the southern region of Spain that you can always make at home.  Healthy, delicious and ready in thirty minutes!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 3
Calories: 170 kcal
Author: Neriz
  • 200 grams spinach, washed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chickpeas, soaked and drained
  • 2 cups day old bread, cubed or cut in tiny bits
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika powder
  • 1/8 tsp hot smoked paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper, to season
  1. Pour 1 tbsp olive oil on a medium to large skillet. Set heat to medium and add cubed bread. Cook until slightly brown. Take off the pan.
  2. Pour remaining olive oil and add garlic and onion. Cook until onion has softened a bit.
  3. Add ground cumin, sweet paprika, hot paprika, salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes, until properly combined.
  4. Add drained chickpeas and mix until chickpeas are evenly coated with the spices.  

  5. Add spinach.  
  6. Add vinegar and water. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the spinach has wilted a bit, mixing constantly.
  7. Add the browned bits of bread. Mix to combine. Leave on heat for around 2 minutes. Adjust seasoning by adding salt or pepper, if desired. Take off the heat.  
  8. Serve.