How to make Turkish Beef with Chickpeas (Etli Nohut)

Etli Nohut, which means beef with chickpeas, is one of my favorite Turkish dishes! It is delicious and incredibly easy to prepare. I first discovered it in my Turkish cookbook Aegean Foods, which I bought to improve my language skills. One thing I noticed about Turkish recipes is that they often take a really long time to complete, but I’ve got a secret to get this delicious dish done in a shorter amount of time and with much less effort.

*That secret is pre-cooked chickpeas (nohut). If you are going to use raw, uncooked chickpeas, then you will need to soak them in a bowl of clean water overnight. You will also need a pressure cooker to cook them quickly (in 20 minutes), or they will need to cook in boiling water for about 2+ hours. So, if possible, purchase pre-cooked chickpeas! If that is not possible, do not be intimidated by preparing the raw chickpeas. I’ve done this and it isn’t hard; I just usually don’t decide what I will make for dinner the night before. Since we don’t have any children I currently enjoy that luxury. Sometimes I would be bummed when I wanted etli nohut but my chickpeas weren’t ready. Don’t fret. Just soak them overnight and cook them before using this recipe so they are ready to go.

turkish recipe beef with chickpeas
Pre-cooked chickpeas will save you so much time during preparation!

I often make this dish when we have guests over, since it is easy (and ideal) to make a lot at once. It is best served with Turkish pilav, which you can find my recipe for here, and any yogurt side dish. I will be sharing those on the blog really soon, as well.

This dish is healthy, but also great comfort food. It is high in protein, but makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Enjoy!

Turkish Recipe Beef with Chickpeas
Afiyet Olsun!

Serves: 5 people

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 600 grams (1.3 lbs) beef cut into cubes of desired size
  • 2 cups pre-cooked chickpeas (nohut)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
  • 2 tsp salt (add more as you desire)
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, if you like food a little spicy
  • 1 tbsp boiling water

*The tomato paste and soy sauce are things I’ve used to add flavor. They are both good together or on their own. I always encourage creativity, so try both!


  1. Chop onion
  2. Chop beef into cubes
  3. If using raw chickpeas, you will need to soak the chickpeas in a bowl of clean water overnight and then cook them in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes or a regular pot for 2+ hours (basically until cooked). This recipe calls for cooked chickpeas.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Saute onions in olive oil over high heat (2 minutes)
  2. Add in meat, minced garlic and any salt + spices, and saute until meat is light brown (2-3 minutes)
  3. Add chickpeas, water and tomato paste or soy sauce if you are using either of those, stir altogether (1 minute)
  4. Lower to medium heat, cover and let cook (about 10 minutes or until meat is cooked as desired)
  5. Serve over Turkish pilav and with any yogurt side dish! Enjoy!

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