Steak With Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

I got this out of a Puerto Rican cookbook. It is one of the best recipes I have tasted. I usually add about 4-6 garlic cloves and about 3-4 times as much cornstarch mix (over time) to make a sauce so I can serve it over rice.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb beef, cut into stir-fry sized strips (not hamburger meat, obviously)
  • 1 -6 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (approx- enough to coat the bottom of a pan)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (or more)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (I used quite a bit more to make a sauce out of it)
  • 1 tablespoon water (keep in ratio to cornstarch- i.e. if 3 teaspoons of cornstarch, then 3 tablespoons of water)


  1. Sprinkle the beef with the garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until the meat is coated.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet or frying pan and sauté the meat over high heat for about 3 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, add the onion, paprika, chickpeas (with their liquid), and bay leaf. Stir to blend.
  4. In a small bowl, add the 1 tablespoon water to the 1 teaspoon cornstarch.
  5. Add the water-cornstarch mixture to the pan, and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes more.
  6. As it simmers, add the extra cornstarch-water mixture for the sauce, and garlic powder, if it still isn't garlicky enough for you.
  7. Serve as is or over rice.
Most Helpful

wow! this really hit the spot. i love garlic and add it like crazy to most dishes, and this really met that criteria! it was also interesting to pair chick peas with steak...i've never done that before. i did have to thicken it up a bit more as graciela suggested. perfect dinner! will become one of my stand-by's.

yellow_apple30 February 27, 2009