A few weeks ago, I was craving ground beef and found myself wandering in my kitchen like a lost puppy. Although I had ground beef in my freezer, I did not want to make meatballs or meatloaf. I thought about making beef chili and I know it would be time-consuming so I decided to add another healthy ingredient to the dish.
I love chickpeas! Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas are creamy and have an earthy taste I enjoy very much. When I noticed that I had a can of chickpeas left, I knew I had to have them for dinner.
These Spicy Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) with Ground Beef recipe reminds me so much of the way we use to make “farce” back home. “Une farce” or stuffed meat (English translation per google translate) is not the right way to explain it. What I am referring to is ground beef cooked with very little sauce, spread over bread, topped with cheese, and cooked pressed down in a skillet like a panini. This used to be one of my favorite ways to eat ground beef.
Whenever I make this recipe I always make a few tweaks. Sometimes I refer to this recipe as a sloppy joe, but it is not. A sloppy joe is normally eaten with bread and does not have beans. It also contains ketchup and this recipe does not. A chili has ground beans and beans as main ingredients.
This recipe has definitely help up many times. Whether I serve it with white rice, Bulgur Wheat or Polenta, it is always a hit. Since I know I have my line of spicy condiments, beef has been one of my favorite meat to cook.
The recipe freezes beautifully, so I recommend making a double batch and freezing it in portions that can be quickly reheated. It will taste better over time.
Below are the steps for you to follow.
- 1 lb. low fat ground beef
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp hot and spicy original with herbs blend
- 2 tsp steak seasoning
- ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup shallots sliced
- 1 cup thick marinara sauce
- 1 can chickpeas garbanzo beans, drain and rinse
- finely chopped parsley or basil for garnish if desired
- Drain canned chickpeas into a colander and rinse to remove the liquid from the can.
- In a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and brown the beef. Break it up into small bits as you cook preferably with a wooden spoon, a spoon spatula or silicone spoon. When meat is fairly broken up, season with Steak Seasoning and Hot and Spicy Original with Herbs Blend. Continue to cook until meat is brown. Add shallots and then chickpeas. Keeping heat high, sauté meat and chickpeas together until meat is well browned and chickpeas are quite brown about 5 minutes
- Add marinara sauce and then reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked about 5-7 minutes.
- Turn off heat, stir in chopped parsley if preferred and serve.
- Serve with white rice, polenta or bulgur wheat.