Authentic Native American Garbanzo Soup Recipe - Delicious and Nutritious

Garbanzo Soup

Authentic Native American Garbanzo Soup Recipe - Delicious and Nutritious
Region / culture: Native America | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 1.5 hour | Servings: 6


Garbanzo Soup
Garbanzo Soup

Garbanzo soup is a hearty and flavorful dish that is perfect for a cozy night in or a gathering with friends and family. This soup is packed with protein and vegetables, making it a nutritious and satisfying meal. The combination of spices and herbs gives this soup a rich and aromatic flavor that will leave you wanting more.


Garbanzo soup has its origins in Mediterranean cuisine, where chickpeas are a staple ingredient. This soup has been enjoyed for centuries in various forms, with each region adding its own twist to the recipe. The addition of chicken and a variety of vegetables in this recipe gives it a unique and delicious flavor that is sure to please your taste buds.



How to prepare

  1. Bring the water to a boil, then add all the stock ingredients, including the chicken.
  2. Skim the foam from the top while the soup simmers for 1 to 1.5 hours.
  3. Remove the chicken, debone it, and shred the meat once it has cooled.
  4. Strain the stock and refrigerate it to allow the fat to harden for easy removal.
  5. Remove the fat from the stock.
  6. Reheat the stock and add the juice of two limes.
  7. Add all the vegetables, except the beans, and cook until they are tender-crisp, approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Add the shredded chicken and garbanzo beans.
  9. Heat the mixture until the chicken and beans are hot throughout.


  • For a vegetarian version, you can omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock.
  • Add diced tomatoes or spinach for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices, such as thyme, rosemary, or smoked paprika, to create your own unique twist on this classic recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To enhance the flavor of the soup, toast the cumin and black pepper in a dry skillet before adding them to the stock.

- For a richer broth, you can roast the chicken pieces before adding them to the soup.

- Don't skip the step of skimming the foam from the top of the soup while it simmers. This will help to remove any impurities and ensure a clear broth.

- For a thicker soup, you can puree some of the vegetables before adding the chicken and garbanzo beans.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the garbanzo soup hot with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro. You can also serve it with a side of warm crusty bread or a simple green salad.

Cooking Techniques

Simmering the soup for an extended period of time allows the flavors to develop and meld together.

- Straining the stock and removing the fat before adding the vegetables ensures a clear and flavorful broth.

- Adding the lime juice at the end of cooking brightens the flavors and adds a refreshing citrusy note to the soup.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use dried herbs instead of fresh herbs if you don't have them on hand. Just reduce the amount by half.

- Substitute chicken thighs or drumsticks for the whole chicken if you prefer dark meat.

- Use any variety of beans, such as white beans or kidney beans, in place of garbanzo beans.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make the stock ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 3 days before adding the vegetables and chicken.

- The soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the soup with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley. - Serve the soup in individual bowls with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. - For a rustic presentation, serve the soup in a hollowed-out bread bowl with the top as a lid.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this garbanzo soup with a crisp green salad and a glass of chilled white wine for a light and refreshing meal.

- Serve the soup with a side of crusty bread or garlic toast for a hearty and satisfying meal.

- For a complete meal, pair the soup with a side of grilled chicken or fish and roasted vegetables.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

- To reheat, simply transfer the soup to a saucepan and heat gently over medium heat until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat in the microwave in 1-minute intervals, stirring in between.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 25g

- Dietary Fiber: 6g

- Sugars: 4g


- Total Fat: 8g

- Saturated Fat: 2g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 25g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 50% DV

- Vitamin C: 30% DV

- Calcium: 8% DV

- Iron: 15% DV


Contains: None


This garbanzo soup is a well-balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is a nutritious and satisfying dish that is perfect for a healthy diet.


Garbanzo soup is a delicious and nutritious dish that is perfect for any occasion. Packed with protein, vegetables, and flavorful spices, this soup is sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection. Whether you enjoy it as a comforting meal on a cold day or as a light and refreshing dish in the summer, this garbanzo soup is sure to satisfy your cravings.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time brings a smile to my face. It was many years ago when I was just a young girl, eager to learn everything I could about cooking from my mother and my grandmother. I remember it like it was yesterday - the smell of onions sautéing in a pot, the sound of the broth simmering on the stove, and the taste of that first spoonful of garbanzo soup warming my soul.

I had always been drawn to the kitchen, watching as my mother and grandmother effortlessly whipped up delicious meals for our family. They seemed to know just the right ingredients to use, just the right amount of seasoning to add, and just the right techniques to make everything taste just perfect. I wanted to be able to do that too - to create dishes that brought joy and comfort to those I loved.

One day, as I was rifling through my grandmother's old recipe box, I stumbled upon a faded index card with the words "Garbanzo Soup" scrawled across the top. Intrigued, I pulled it out and read through the ingredients and instructions. It seemed simple enough - just some onions, garlic, carrots, celery, canned garbanzo beans, broth, and a few spices. I decided to give it a try.

I gathered all the ingredients together, chopping and sautéing, stirring and simmering, just as the recipe instructed. As the soup cooked, the aroma filled the kitchen, and I felt a sense of pride and anticipation building inside me. When it was finally ready, I ladled some into a bowl, sprinkled a bit of fresh parsley on top, and took my first taste.

It was like nothing I had ever experienced before - warm, comforting, and full of flavor. The garbanzo beans were tender, the vegetables were perfectly cooked, and the broth was rich and savory. I couldn't believe that something so simple could taste so delicious.

From that moment on, garbanzo soup became a staple in our household. I would make it for my family on cold winter nights, for friends who needed a pick-me-up, and for myself when I needed a little comfort. Each time I made it, I would tweak the recipe just a bit, adding a pinch more of this, a dash more of that, until it became truly my own.

Over the years, I shared the recipe with friends and neighbors, who all raved about its deliciousness. They would ask me where I had learned to make such a wonderful soup, and I would simply smile and say, "It's a family secret." And in a way, it was. The recipe may have been written on that old index card, but the love and care that went into making it was passed down from generation to generation.

Now, as I sit here in my kitchen, a grandmother myself, I can't help but feel grateful for that faded index card and the garbanzo soup recipe it held. It taught me not just how to make a delicious meal, but how to create something special, something that brings people together and warms their hearts. And for that, I will always be thankful.


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