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Spicy Chickpea and Spinach Stew

Spicy Chickpea & Spinach Stew Recipe

Spicy Chickpea & Spinach Stew with HarissaSponsored RecipeThis Spicy Chickpea and Spinach Stew recipe comes together in about 25 minutes. Serve it over couscous for an easy, delicious vegetarian dinner!

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When I did my reader survey, quite a few of you asked me to write more about the products I use everyday in my kitchen. Some people even requested that I take photos of the inside of my refrigerator. That was funny to me, because I had thought about doing something like that before and I thought, “People are going to think I’m nuts.” But apparently not! I guess I’ll have to put together a post like that soon, although really, there’s not that much to see. I keep a whole lot of fruit and veggies on hand and then all the racks on the refrigerator door are jam packed with sauces and condiments. It’s like a United Nations of hot sauces all up in my fridge.

I have definitely come a long way from the girl who grew up thinking that Tombstone frozen pizza was unbearably spicy. Now I like spicy foods! And I add hot sauce to so many dishes—sriracha on salad (don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it!), Cholula on tacos, harissa in soups. All hot sauces are not created equal and I’ve come to appreciate how some are sweet, some are garlicky; some have a slow warmth that creeps up on you, while others pack an immediate punch. Hooray for hot sauces!

Mina Harissa

What is Harissa?

Harissa is a hot sauce that’s often used in Tunisian and Moroccan food. It’s a flavorful combination of chili peppers, garlic, olive oil, and spices. I’ve found that different brands have different levels of heat—some just right, others almost unbearably hot. Some are thick like a paste, others are more saucy. Because there’s such a wide variety in formulations for harissa, when you use it in a recipe, it’s best to add a little, taste, then add more as needed.

When Mina Harissa asked me to develop a recipe using their products I was excited because their harissa is my favorite harissa. The spice level is perfect in their Spicy harissa and I like the consistency of it too—it’s more of a sauce than a paste. Mina harissa is made with only 6 ingredients and it’s all natural, so unlike a lot of other hot sauces, there are no preservatives or food coloring in it. A few teaspoons will perk up a soup or add a welcome kick to your next batch of roasted potatoes.

Spicy Chickpea & Spinach Stew with Harissa

About the Recipe

Since it’s starting to get a little chilly out (I wore a cardigan the other day—yay for cardigan weather!), I thought a Moroccan-inspired Chickpea and Spinach Stew would be the perfect recipe for this harissa. This stew is good on its own, but it’s great when you add the harissa and a big squeeze of lemon juice. (Don’t skip the lemon juice!) The heat of the sauce is a slow one—at first, the stew doesn’t seem spicy, but every spoonful gives you a little more heat. We had this over whole wheat couscous, but rice, quinoa, or any other grain you have on hand would work too.

Oh, and bonus: if you serve this over couscous, dinner is done in about 25 minutes!

Spicy Chickpea & Spinach Stew Recipe

Spicy Chickpea and Spinach Stew

Harissa is a Moroccan hot sauce made with chili peppers, garlic, olive oil, and spices. It gives this stew a slow heat, making it the perfect dinner for a chilly fall evening.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 14.5 oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 3 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp harissa I used Spicy Mina Harissa
  • 1 6 oz bag baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges and couscous or rice for serving


  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook until softened, 5–7 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and cumin and cook for a minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and broth.
  • Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Add the harissa and spinach to the pot and stir until the spinach has wilted.
  • Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve over couscous or rice with lemon wedges.


Different brands of harissa can vary a lot in spice level. You might want to start out with a teaspoon or less and add more to taste.
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This post was originally published on 19 September 2013.

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    March 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    My husband and I love chickpeas so I’m always looking for new ways to use them. This recipe immediately peaked my interest – minimal ingredients and on the table in less than 30 minutes. I didn’t have Harissa so I used chili garlic sauce and added a little cumin to it. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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    March 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Was looking for a good vegan recipe for this jar of harissa I purchased and I think I’ve found it! Thanks for the harissa chickpea stew idea.

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    September 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Harissa, Harissa, Harissa, Harissa… Love me some Harissa! Great recipe! In love with Moroccan food now.

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    October 12, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Just bought some harissa and this spicy harissa chickpea stew is on my list of dishes to make. Thanks for the wonderful harissa recipe.

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    November 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Looking for recipes using harissa and found yours. Looks healthy and delicious. Will try my spicy harissa on with this. Thanks for the harissa recipe!

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    Kathy Lever
    February 17, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Just made this….delicious!!

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    February 10, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    3 stars
    I wasn’t totally in love with the flavour profile. I think it could have had more kick. Maybe a blend of Indian spices would have kicked it up a notch.

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    KGL Staff
    September 24, 2020 at 3:36 am

    5 stars
    I made these yesterday and they were SO good! The spinach was so flavorful and the tzatziki was perfect. My kids voted this their favorite quarantine meal so far!

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    November 20, 2020 at 12:32 am

    That’s look so delicious, curious about it’s taste.

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    Celeb Networth
    November 27, 2020 at 6:01 am

    5 stars
    Thank you for the nice recipe, can’t wait to try it!

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