This Mediterranean stew is a healthy dinner chock-full of vegetables and hearty chickpeas. A drizzle of olive oil to finish carries the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. Any way you vary it, this stew is sure to go into heavy rotation when you are looking for healthy crock-pot recipes.

Sarah Epperson
Source:, November 2019


Recipe Summary

15 mins
6 hrs 45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine tomatoes, broth, onion, carrot, garlic, oregano, salt, crushed red pepper and pepper in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours.

  • Measure 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid from the slow cooker into a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons chickpeas; mash with a fork until smooth.

  • Add the mashed chickpeas, kale, lemon juice and remaining whole chickpeas to the mixture in the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on Low until the kale is tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Ladle the stew evenly into 6 bowls; drizzle with oil. Garnish with basil. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


Equipment: 4-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

191 calories; protein 5.7g; carbohydrates 22.9g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 6.5g; fat 7.8g; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 5379.6IU; vitamin c 32.7mg; folate 39.3mcg; calcium 128mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 33.8mg; potassium 309.5mg; sodium 415.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (3)

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
This stew is absolutely delicious! I didn t have the time to slow cook it so I cooked the onions garlic and carrots in a bit of olive oil until soft then let the stew boil for maybe an hour on medium high until the carrots were cooked through then followed the recipe for the remaining 30 minutes. The portions came out small. I was able to get 5 small bowls out of it. I wish it made more it was so delicious I have none to share with my fiancé! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This easy slow-cooker stew has ALL the veggies and flavors I love. So healthy and easy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I just can t get over how outstanding this soup is. The broth is so flavorful and tangy the lemon juice really brings out the flavor of the tomatoes. I followed the recipe exactly it was easy and fast. I am so happy to have found this healthy flavorful soup. I ll most certainly make it again (with spinach next time and perhaps a little more heat). Bravo! Read More