Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata

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Author Notes: Dense, fresh and robustly spiced, this is one of my favourite fritattas. The nutty bite of chickpeas rolled around in the orange oil oozing from the chorizo give the dish a substantial feel, making it good for a full meal not a just side dish. I've made it with spinach, chard and cavalo nero, play around with the flavours, it is very forgiving. Hadyourtea?

Food52 Review: WHO: Hadyourtea is a writer, a cook, and a "mum."
WHAT: A savory, spicy, hearty frittata that keeps us interested long into a third slice.
HOW: Saute all of the ingredients together, dump in the eggs, and broil.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Light enough to serve for tapas and hearty enough to eat for dinner, this frittata should be up anyone's sleeve. (It also comes together in ten minutes -- an added plus.) We love how the flavor of the chorizo infuses the dish, and how it can at once be casual or elegant.
The Editors

Serves 6

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 200g cooked chickpeas
  • 150g chorizo
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • salt
  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic and saute in a frying pan in a good glug of olive oil until soft and fragrant.
  2. Dice the red pepper and chorizo into chickpea-sized chunks and add to the pan with the chickpeas and paprika.
  3. Saute everything together until the orangy paprika oils run from the chorizo.
  4. Add the spinach and keep stirring until it wilts and everything starts to meld together in the pan.
  5. Add the eggs and stir gently to incorporate the eggs into the whole mixture, then allow to set over a medium heat.
  6. Preheat the grill then slide the whole pan under the grill to set the top of the fritatta, it will only take a minute or two to become light gold and puffy.
  7. Remove from the grill, gently loosen from the edge of the frying pan with a knife then place a large plate over the pan and invert the fritatta onto it. Then place another plate on top and invert once again so the glossy grilled top of the fritatta is on view.
  8. Sprinkle with a little sea salt.
  9. Allow to cool slightly before slicing into canape sized cubes or wedges. Serve hot or room temperature as a tapas or with a salad.

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Topics: Weeknight Cooking, Breakfast

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4 months ago leslie Williams

For the novice that I am, what does it mean to preheat the grill and set it under such? What temperature do I use in the oven? Broil?


4 months ago Kate's Kitchen

I set it over medium heat on top of the stove and then put it under the preheated broiler in oven.


4 months ago Jennifer Pierson

Yes, use Broil. Enjoy! :-)


4 months ago chris

Unless a recipe states otherwise, I turn the broiler on its HIGH setting, 5 minutes before I need to use it (i.e. PREHEAT), and set the oven rack 5-6" below the heat element. I leave the oven door ajar and watch it like a hawk ... things seem to go from blond to burned in a nanosecond. (My son's new oven shuts itself off, when you leave the door open. Dislike!)


4 months ago Jennifer Pierson

Made a quick version with jarred red pepper and canned chickpeas and it was still wonderful! Thank you for the delicious recipe. Definitely a keeper.


6 months ago Neophyte

Brava! Halved the recipe, and took the labor-intensive way route (dried beans, soaked over night, yadda, yadda; roasted pepper/peeled pepper in oven, yadda, yadda) and it was a hit (and still easily prepared). Served with a green salad, and crusty bread for a beyond satisfying meal.


6 months ago Allie Gallerani

did you use fresh chorizo or smoked?


6 months ago Kate's Kitchen

I used fresh and sautéed it along with onions and garlic.


6 months ago ceratops

This recipe was perfect! It was some quick and turned out amazing... a delicious Sunday brunch!


6 months ago Kate's Kitchen

Yum, tasty. I followed the recipe with the exception of adding some crumbled Feta on top before putting it under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Will make it again!


7 months ago Lisa Press

Just made this. It is amazing and not much work at all. I used roasted red peppers from a jar and surprisingly they are the ingredient that brings it all together.


8 months ago Phyllis

Made today for brunch and followed exact recipe (using spinach) -- wonderful flavors. No doubt will be making in the future many times over.


11 months ago chris

What a revelation this was, for breakfast! I added a Serrano pepper, plus a tsp of smoked paprika because my leftover (diced) sausage wasn't chorizo. Threw in a few roasted red bell peppers, a can of drained chick peas, and some Manchego cheese (I used the vegetable peeler). Didn't have any fresh spinach. Five eggs didn't cover my 12" skillet, so I beat another egg. Let it set on the stove top for about 5 minutes, then moved it to a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Topped it with some fresh grated breadcrumbs, which crunched up nicely in about 5 (extra) minutes. This was absolutely delicious, very attractive, and quick to throw together. It's still great, at room temperature.


11 months ago rocombo

I wonder if you could swap out the chorizo and use feta cheese to add that tasty bite that's a little lower in calories...


about 1 year ago Priscilla L.N.

This has become my new favorite quick summer night recipe! Add a sliced avocado and a glass of wine and, voila, dinner is served. Quick clean up, too. Just a heads-up, don't make the same mistake I did once. I sauteed a red pepper along with the onion and, for some unknown reason, thought I would need a larger skillet for the whole thing. Had to almost double the eggs for it to set!
Hmm, the Forth of July is Friday...just may make this for the Block Party breakfast.


over 1 year ago Laura Rodriguez

This was a huge hit for my impromptu brunch. Didn't have roasted peppers but decided to keep in the Spanish tapas flavor and add grated Manchego cheese... Superb!


over 1 year ago Kate

This goes well with Greek yogurt.


over 1 year ago SueD

Mamazz, there are several varieties of Soyrizo which are vegan, a veggie protein (meat analog) which are quite tasty. Give it a try again with this.


over 1 year ago Mamazz

this was fabulous- we are vegetarian so I omitted the chorizo and just added more chickpeas and spinach- I also doubled the amount of smoked parka and added a couple shakes of cayenne-finished it off under the broiler with some dollops of goat cheese


over 1 year ago baltojulia

I loved this - can't wait to make it again!


over 1 year ago Double Helping

This dish is great! Love the unusual combination of chickpeas and eggs.


over 1 year ago Sara S.

I made this last night and it was a big hit! Served it with crostini and a kale salad.


almost 2 years ago Laura Abbasi

Made this for breakfast as is , minus step 6 (I don't have an oven safe skillet so I put in the oven for 13 min. at 350 degrees) and it was a HUGE hit! Both my husband and I loved it! The chickpeas add a wonderful creaminess to the fritatta and the chorizo packs a nice spicy punch to start the day. Will definitely make this again!


over 1 year ago Orionmar

Thank you for the cooking tip, Laura. As I don't own a grill, I used your technique and it turned out beautifully.


about 2 years ago BARBARA

Awsome recipes, thank you for sharing ALL DELICIOUS RECIPES.


about 2 years ago Hadyourtea?

All your revamped versions sound amazing, especially the Mexican chorizo and jalapeno flavour, it is such a pantry staple for me.


over 2 years ago glammie

Made this this AM. Subbed white kidney beans for the chickpeas (I was out ... which I didn't know until it was too late), a fresh red pepper that I sauteed with the onion. I also swapped out 2 eggs for three egg whites. Fab! I had one chorizo link left over so y'know I'm making this again next weekend!


over 2 years ago chefbonandee

yes! so much yes. I subbed longaniza sausage for the chorizo, left out the red pepper, and added chopped crimini mushrooms and serrano chiles, and topped each piece with a big dollop of greek yogurt. oh man was it good. the boyfriend had some for lunch and went back for the leftovers for dinner. this one is a keeper!


over 2 years ago Ham

I made this dish with Mexican chorizo and added a diced jalapeno for some extra heat. Delicious! I several lingering memories of messy frittata flipping, so I opted to skip step #6 and bake the entire pan at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. One day I shall prevail, but for now the baking turned out great.


over 2 years ago frog

I love chickpeas but I make this dish with hominy and it is delicious.


over 2 years ago Hadyourtea?

Bikracer - I sometimes make a full vegetarian version starting with onions sauteed in smoked paprika and miss out the chorizo altogether - its still lovely - the chick peas, spinach and paprika are a fabulous combo


over 2 years ago bikracer

That sounds delicious, I love pretty much anything with Spanish smokey paprika in it. I'll have to try onions sautéed in it in other recipes as well. Thanks for the idea! :)


over 2 years ago Hadyourtea?

Hi forestvillain, I use Spanish - can't get Mexican where I live but am sure it would be amazing with either. I thought that about all beans till I grew up and now I love them. Let me know how it tastes with Mexican chorizo if you try it.


over 2 years ago forestvillain

I'll likely try both, as each holds its own virtues. I'll be sure to let you know. Thanks again.


over 2 years ago bikracer

I don't eat red meat but get chicken chorizo from our local organic mkt. I have also had the vegetarian soyrizo and that's really good too. This recipe looks like it's really easy to vary. I can't wait to try it!


over 2 years ago forestvillain

Does this use Spanish or Mexican chorizo? Can't wait to try this! As a kid, I thought chickpeas were like biting into a sack of wet flour; as I approach 60, I love finding new ways to incorporate them into new dishes! Thanks for this recipe.


11 months ago Molly

Your description of what chickpeas tasted like to you as a kid is hilarious. I love them, but somehow I can see what you mean.


over 2 years ago juliunruly

This is amazing. Unfortunately, mine did not invert as gracefully as I hoped. So I will be slicing and serving from the pan. Otherwise, really delicious.


over 2 years ago Kaja1105

I made this with soy chorizo--an ingredient I had never tried before--for a party that included vegetarians, and it was delicious, a big hit with the meat eaters as well.


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over 2 years ago LeeLeeBee

This was fantastic! Although between the two of us, we inhaled the whole thing... whoops! :)


over 2 years ago Adelucchi

Thanks so much for this recipe. I make fritattas often and always thought they were a healthy alternative to bacon and egg breakfast. The addition of the beans is genius!!
This dish is hearty and filling. We loved it. I also added some sliced yucon gold potatoes.
Great versital recipe!


over 2 years ago Mara Humphreys

I added some potatoes that I had sauteed with onions to it and it was delicious


over 2 years ago carswell

I'm serving it tonight at a get together with my girlfriends. I'll let you know how it goes over.


over 2 years ago pamelalee

You you like to use hot smoked paprika or sweet? Thanks!


over 2 years ago Hadyourtea?

Hi there - I prefer with hot paprika and a hot chorizo but if I am making it as a family meal - I usually use sweet, as my kids tolerance is lower than min... its lovely either way...


over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Perfect for a winter night cozy dinner!! Congrats on the WC!


over 2 years ago Hadyourtea?

thanks - it is lovely - will be having it cubed as a canape at christmas


over 2 years ago healthierkitchen

This does look good!


over 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats on the WC win! I'll definitely be making this -- it looks like a delicious way to have eggs for dinner!


over 2 years ago Cristina Sciarra

How does this hold up after a few hours? Should it be eaten hot, or is room temperature just as tasty?


over 2 years ago Hadyourtea?

Its lovely hot and fresh but I prefer it at room temperature - serve it as an appetiser or cube it up as a canape to have with christmas drinks


over 3 years ago Dabblings

This is a really good fritatta. I made it using kale from my garden and it was fantastic. I'm going to make it again with some of my homemade chorizo.


over 5 years ago katstreet

I made the vegetarian version with extra smoked paprika and red pepper. TIP - the smoked paprika is what really makes this a unique dish. Especially if you're going without meat. Overall, went over huge at a party. Clean plates all around. Lots of compliments to the chef and took about 15 minutes to make in total (sans prep time.) Also was a beautifully colorful plate when finished. Thanks!


over 5 years ago shayma

i dont eat pork, but no reason why i cant admire this- looks like a gorgeous dish,one which my chorizo loving brazilian friend would adore!


over 5 years ago Hadyourtea?

It would be great with more roasted red pepper, a little more paprika and no chorizo. Similar flavours but without the meat content.


over 5 years ago thirschfeld

looks really tasty!


over 5 years ago Hadyourtea?

thankyou so much


over 5 years ago marynn

Yes, I've had my cuppa, and I think this is the best meeting of all my favorite tastes in one place. Thank you for this combination of ingredients in such a versatile presentation.


over 5 years ago Hadyourtea?

Thanks so much - its one of my favourite dishes