Beef Chickpea Chili with a Cooling Cucumber Sauce Recipe - Clean Eating Magazine

Beef & Chickpea Chili with Cooling Cucumber Cilantro Sauce

Savor this beef and chickpea chili on those cold winter nights when all you want is a warming bowl of comfort.
Beef and Chickpea Chili with Cooling Cucumber Cilantro Sauce Recipe

Beef and Chickpea Chili with Cooling Cucumber Cilantro Sauce Recipe

Love exotic chickpea dishes? Try this chickpea salad, too!

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  • 5Servings


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeño chile peppers, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced into half circles
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups chopped red onion
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped fresh okra (or green bell pepper)
  • 2 15-oz BPA-free cans unsalted chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp chile powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 7-oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup peeled,seeded and chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. In a large nonstick pot on medium-high, add beef and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, breaking up beef with a spoon. Add jalapeños, red bell pepper, onion and okra and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is cooked through.
  2. Stir in chickpeas, cumin, chile powder and cocoa powder. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Add 1 cup water and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until water evaporates, about 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: In a small bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber and cilantro. To serve, divide chili among bowls and top with sauce.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup beef & chickpea chili and 1/3 cup yogurt sauce
  • Calories: 389
  • Carbohydrate Content: 38 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 63 mg
  • Fat Content: 12.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 11 g
  • Protein Content: 33 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 5 g
  • Sodium Content: 323 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 2 g