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Lamb & Chickpea Chili for Two

  • 30 m
  • 30 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This spicy chili for two has a North African spin with lamb, cinnamon and harissa. If you can't find harissa, use mild chili powder in its place. You can turn up the heat with a little cayenne or hot sauce if you like it spicy. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread and tabbouleh.”


    • 1½ teaspoons canola oil
    • ½ medium onion, chopped
    • ½ large red bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 ounces ground lamb
    • 4 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey
    • ¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
    • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 7-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
    • 1 tablespoon harissa (see Note) or 1½ teaspoons chili powder
    • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or mint


  • 1 Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add lamb, turkey and salt and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they have released their liquid and are beginning to break down, about 4 minutes more. Add chickpeas, harissa (or chili powder) and cinnamon and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Serve garnished with cilantro (or mint).
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Note: Harissa is a fiery Tunisian chile paste commonly used in North African cooking. Find it at specialty-food stores, or Different brands of harissa vary in heat, so taste it and add accordingly.
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