Chickpea and Date Tagine

This dish is an amazing vegetarian stew that is full of incredible flavors. I mentioned it yesterday, but I made this dish the weekend before last and it was so good that I decided to make it again this past weekend, which I NEVER do. I even ended up going to two different stores to get the ingredients since I couldn’t find dates at the first stop, but it was worth it!

Besides the incredible balance of savory and sweet, this dish comes together and on the table in about 25 minutes, so is perfect for a weeknight meal. It also works really well as leftovers for lunch over a bed of spinach, and all your coworkers will be jealous of how delicious it smells when you heat it up… I promise.

Chickpea and Date Tagine

      • Adapted from Vegetarian Times Magazine
      • Prep Time: 5 minutes
      • Cook Time: 20 minutes
      • Yields: 4-1.5 cup servings, 7 pts+ each
      • Printable version here.



    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 onion
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon corriander
    • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 14 oz. can of diced or crushed tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
    • 10 dates, chopped
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • Cilantro for garnish, if desired

First, chop your onion.


Once that is chopped, heat up a pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, and then add the onion once it’s hot.


Cook for about 10 minutes until the onion starts to brown. Meanwhile, chop up the four cloves of garlic.


Once the onion is starting to get brown, get ready to add more ingredients to the pan.


Add in your garlic, crushed tomatoes (with the juices), water, and all the spices


Then stir to combine and let sit for another 10 minutes so the flavors mesh together.


Last step – add in the chickpeas, dates, and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper if desired.


Leave on the stove until heated through – about 2-3 minutes.

And then you’re ready to eat!


That serving probably looks pretty small, but when I went back and calculated the PointsPlus for the recipe, I realized the whole pan made 4, 7pt+ servings, so I ended up doubling the amount in the dish after the picture and it was a good amount – about 1.5 cups. For lunches, I added a handful of spinach and heated it up in the microwave for an extra veggie kick, and practically licked the bowl clean every time.

Also, make sure you really chop up those dates. The recipe called for them just to be halved which I did the first time, but when I made it the second time around I chopped them up instead and it was much better. The sweetness from the dates was spread throughout the dish much better and the whole dish tasted more balanced.

I imagine you could switch up a lot of things in here – maybe using golden raisins, apricots, or dried cherries instead of the dates to give it a different twist. I am SURE I will be making this again soon!

What’s the best dinner you’ve made or eaten lately? Feel free to leave links in the comments!!

21 Comments on Chickpea and Date Tagine

    • Beth
      December 8, 2011 at 11:12 am (9 years ago)

      Wow that looks SO good!!

  1. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    December 6, 2011 at 9:25 am (9 years ago)

    Having a lunch that reheats into jeolousy-inducing feelings is key. Sadly, no one is every jealous of my reheated brussels sprouts. What gives?

  2. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    December 6, 2011 at 9:39 am (9 years ago)

    That looks great! I think the best dinner I’ve eaten recently was spinach and ricotta stuffed shells. It had been ages!

  3. Dani
    December 6, 2011 at 11:32 am (9 years ago)

    Looks delicious! I love hearty soups in the winter, so I’ll definitely try this soon!

    Over the weekend, I made a tuscan tomato soup. It tasted great but wasn’t the heathiest recipe b/c it called for a cup of whipping cream… I’m wondering if I could substitute milk or even possibly some greek yogurt instead.

  4. Emily
    December 6, 2011 at 11:50 am (9 years ago)

    This looks fantastic! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Meg
    December 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve never tried a savory dish with dates before. That sounds tasty and filling! Anything with chickpeas is ok in my book!

  6. Roz
    December 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm (9 years ago)

    I LOVE dates cooked into savory dishes. (dried apricots too). Thanks for sharing this wonderful looking dish Beth!! Have a great day.

  7. Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso
    December 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve been looking at various tagine recipes because I’m moving to Morocco in March to join the Peace Corps! This one looks pretty simple. I’m not the biggest fan of dates though. Does the dish taste savory enough?

  8. Julie
    December 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm (9 years ago)

    Beth Ive been meaning to ask you, several recipes ago yu said ff 1/2 &1/2 creeps you out. I was wondering why? Just been wondering if there is something bad about it because I put t in my coffee sometimes. Thanks, and Love the recipes!!

    • Beth
      December 8, 2011 at 11:09 am (9 years ago)

      Hi Julie!! I actually used to use FF 1/2 and 1/2 myself and I don’t want to steer you away from using it if you like it and it works for you! The reason I don’t use it/it creeps me out a little is because I try to eat MOSTLY whole foods, and it has a ton of ingredients and isn’t 1/2 milk 1/2 cream like the name implies. That said, the coffee creamer I have been using lately – SO Delicious Coconut Creamer – isn’t much better in the ingredient department, so I think the bottom line is if it works for you, don’t stop!

  9. Hilary
    December 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm (9 years ago)

    YUM! I love anything with chickpeas/beans, and that spice combo, and fruit in savory dishes, so this one looks like a win!

  10. Sarah
    December 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Looks delicious! I’m not the biggest fan of dates but this looks yummy. I love anything with chickpeas!

  11. Janel
    January 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm (9 years ago)

    I was looking for this recipe online to blog about since I made it last night – couldn’t find it on the Vegetarian Times website but glad to see you enjoyed it as well! I’m excited for leftovers tonight 🙂

  12. Luv What You Do
    January 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm (9 years ago)

    I just made this for dinner tonight too. Glad you calculated the Pts+ because I hadn’t gotten around to that yet. I think I used a few too many dates though and will use a few less next time. I guess I got over excited at the bulk bin at WF’s today.

  13. Beatriz
    March 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm (8 years ago)

    I made this with some slight adjustments and I think this is one of the best dishes I have ever made and I dont even like dates!

    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm (8 years ago)

      Hi Beatriz – Awesome! So glad you liked it!


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