Chickpea Stuffed Pitas

Among plant-based proteins, chickpeas are one of the best. Make these healthy & easy vegan Chickpea Stuffed Pitas to enjoy & share. You’ll love these Mediterranean chickpea pitas loaded with fresh cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and red onion blended with a tangy vegan plain Greek yogurt.

This chickpea recipe is simple to make and is vegan and dairy free. There is something wonderful about this recipe: you can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack without the guilt of carbs. 

When looking for ways to add even more protein to this customizable vegan lunch recipe, feel free to stuff your pitas with lentils and tofu alongside the other ingredients. Besides being filling, they keep you energized and full until your next meal.

Chickpea stuffed pitas – Best Portable Snack

Chickpea Stuffed Pitas are our healthy spin on the classic sandwich that is a perfect definition of a portable vegan snack. It’s an excellent quick vegan lunch recipe and an ideal potluck snack.

Make pitas part of your lunch bag, backpack, briefcase, and desk drawer collection to be eaten anytime, anywhere. They make a fun, unique take-along gift for friends and co-workers. Furthermore, no cutting boards, knives, or cooking skills are required, nor do you need a fork or spoon to eat these vegan pitas.

Dairy Free Tzatziki

Vegan Tzatziki is an all-natural garlicky yogurt sauce that adds a creamy texture by blending with all the other ingredients in these vegan pitas. Its flavor is a blend of creamy Greek yogurt and lemon juice, blended with a bit of garlic and some olive oil. You can season to taste with salt and pepper.

These vegan tzatziki-loaded pitas are so yummy that you’ll never miss the meat. This healthy and tasty sauce is excellent on pita bread, baked potatoes, falafels, and your favorite veggies. Enjoy a real treat without the dairy.

How to make Chickpea Stuffed Pitas?

Ingredients

Chickpeas

  • 2 15oz cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Vegan Tzatziki

  • 1 cup vegan plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4 tbsp dill or more if you love it as I do!
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Veggies

  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved or sliced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • vegan feta for topping
  • 4 pitas of choice
  • 1.5 cup hummus

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet and add the chickpeas. Cook chickpeas until slightly brown, then coat with spices. Continue cooking, stirring every 30 seconds, until spices are fully mixed and fragrant.
  2. Prepare the vegan tzatziki by mixing all ingredients in a bowl, then place to the side or in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. Next, prepare the veggies by mixing all ingredients together and placing them to the side.
  4. Spread the hummus in the center of the pita to hold the chickpeas. Top with veggies, tzatziki, and vegan feta.

Recipe Tips:

  • It is more likely to tear if the pita bread is cold. Warm it a bit before you fill and serve. It will make it easier to bend.
  • Chickpea Pitas should only be assembled when you are ready to serve them so the pita doesn’t get soaked with vegetables and sauce.
  • To ensure a truly delicious Vegan pita, slice the ingredients evenly so they all fit into the pita, as overfilling can cause the pita to tear.
  • You can add a little spice with roasted red peppers or something crunchy, like lettuce.

Is pita bread vegan?

Absolutely! Pita bread is vegan. Yeast and flour, both plant-based ingredients, are their main components. You can feel free to enjoy pita bread with your favorite meal. Pita bread is among the most popular in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It’s so popular because it is soft, chewy, and delicious. Because it is usually eaten flat, some people describe it as “pocket bread.”

Can I make these chickpea pitas gluten-free?

Yes! It would be best if you substituted gluten-free pita bread or even gluten-free tortillas for pita bread. You can find gluten-free pita bread at health stores and most grocery stores. You can also try making some from scratch at home. It is not that hard.

What to serve with chickpea-stuffed pitas?

As I mentioned above, these veggie pitas are hearty, wholesome, and filling on their own; still, you can pair these loaded pitas with your favorite side to round up the meal. Some suggestions are:

Potato Salad – A side dish that goes great with chickpea pita is potato salad. The crispy and crunchy ingredients of these pita pockets blend well with the potato salad’s creamy and smooth texture. Potato salad is commonly served as a side dish for various meals, but with a twist, it is possible to turn the potato salad into a low-carb, high-protein dish.

Salad – Salad is a good side dish for veggie-packed pitas. You can start with a green salad to keep it light—no better way to balance the heat of these chickpea pitas with a bowl of crisp green salad. You can also prepare a salad of your own choice.

How to store chickpea stuffed pitas?

These Vegan pitas can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container. For maximum freshness, store the Tzatziki sauce, vegetables, and chickpeas separately in the fridge, while pita bread can stay at room temperature. When ready to serve, heat the bread and assemble the ingredients.


Chickpea Loaded Pitas

Chickpea Stuffed Pitas are our healthy spin on the classic sandwich, a perfectly portable and quick vegan lunch recipe.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chickpea recipe, chickpea stuffed pitas
Servings: 4
Author: Dominique Ebra

Ingredients

Chickpeas

  • 2 15oz cans chickpeas  drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Vegan Tzatziki

  • 1 cup vegan plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4 tbsp dill  or more if you love it as I do!
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Veggies

  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved or sliced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp  olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • vegan feta for topping
  • 4 pitas of choice
  • 1.5 cup hummus

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet and add in the chickpeas. Cook chickpeas until slightly brown, then coat with spices. Continue cooking, stirring every 30 seconds until spices are fully mixed and fragrant.
  • Prepare the vegan tzatziki by mixing all ingredients in bowl, then place to the side or in fridge until ready to serve.
  • Next, prepare the veggies by mixing all ingredients together and place them to the side.
  • Spread the hummus in the center of the pita to hold chickpeas. Top with veggies, tzatziki, and vegan feta.