Costa Rican Garbanzo Bean and Chicken Soup

Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.  


This month, Eat The World is heading to Costa Rica!

There are so many fantastic recipes to choose from, but I was immediately drawn to this chickpea (garbanzo bean) and chicken soup.  Weather here has been rainy and rather dreary, so this was perfect!

While the kids weren’t thrilled about the beans, Hubs and I welcomed them as a tasty extra protein boost.  

This was slightly reminiscent of Chicken Tortilla Soup, but without the heat.

While this could technically be served with tortilla chips, I loved the traditional rice!

Check out all the wonderful Costa Rican dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. 

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Recipe Note:

If you cannot find Salsa Lizano (a popular Costa Rican condiment), an approximation (though not perfect) is the following from TheCookful: 2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons ketchup, 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon hot sauce.

Costa Rican Garbanzo Bean and Chicken Soup

Adapted from Pura Vida Moms and here

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound boneless chicken breasts or thighs

4 cups water

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons Salsa Lizano (see note)

2 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

1 bunch cilantro, to serve

Cooked white rice, to serve

Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion, bell pepper, carrots, and garlic, and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.  Add the chicken and cook for a couple minutes or until beginning to brown.

Stir in the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken bouillon, soy sauce, salsa lizano (or approximation - see note), and beans.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove chicken and shred.  Return to pot.  Continue simmering until ready to serve.

Serve with white rice and cilantro.

Serves 6

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  6. New Zealand: Kiwi Burge
  7. France: Fougasse (Provencal Flatbread)
  8. Argentina: Chimichurri Sauce
  9. Mexico (Halloween Special): Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread)
  10. India: Spiced Golden Mil
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  12. Ethiopia: Buticha (Hummus)
  13. England: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Leaky Cauldron-Style Mini Cottage Pie 
  14. Georgia: Lobiani (Bean-Stuffed Bread)
  15. Mexico: Crispy Pork Carnitas
  16. Cambodia: Loc Lac (Shredded Beef with Lime)
  17. Israel: Chicken Albondigas (Chicken Meatballs)
  18. Finland: Sima (Lemonade) 
  19. Puerto Rico: Arroz con Tocino  (Rice with Bacon)
  20. Egypt: Ghorayebah Cookies
  21. Ukraine: Scuffles (Rohalyky) Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
  22. Portugal: Bitoque (Steak & Eggs) 
  23. Germany (Christmas Special): Lebkuchenherzen (German "Gingerbread" Cookies) 
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  27. Senegal: Cafe Touba (Senegalese Spiced Coffee) 
  28. Colombia: Cañón de Cerdo (Colombia-Style Pork Loin Roast) 
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  33. Jamaica: Chicken &  Pumpkin Soup 
  34. Vietnam: Vietnamese Chicken Porridge (Chao Ga) 
  35. Sudan: Red Lentil Soup (Sudanese Addas) 
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  37. Uruguay: Pasta Caruso
  38. China: Homemade Fortune Cookies
  39. Lesotho: Borotho Bread
  40. Scotland: Tattie Scones
  41. Native American Tribes of North America: Wild Rice, Squash, & Corn Soup
  42. Guyana: Butterflaps
  43. Greece: Cabbage Roll Rice Bowls
  44. Réunion Island: Rougail Z'Andouille
  45. Japan: Yoshinoya Beef Bowl (Gyudon)
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  48. Slovakia: Garlic & Potato Soup (Cesnaková Polievka)
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  1. That looks amazing! And I too love beans in dishes, they are so good.

  2. I am a bean lover so this soup sounds perfect to me.

  3. That looks so good. I will have to wait till D goes back to school since he's sensitive to garbanzo beans. But I can't wait to try this.


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