Yield: 6 servings as an appetizer, 4 as a side dish

Espinacas con Garbanzos

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This classic Spanish tapas is a great addition to your appetizer spread. Hearty chick peas and fresh spinach are cooked in a cozy sauce of tomatoes, onions and exotic spices. Delightful!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 15.5 oz can garbanzos (chick peas)
  • 5 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling


  1. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and fry in skillet over medium high heat. When brown and crisp, remove from skillet and set aside. While bacon is cooking, slice onions and garlic.
  2. Add onions and sauté in bacon fat. Cook until soft and translucent.
  3. Stir in garlic, smoked paprika and cumin powder. Sauté one minute.
  4. Mix in tomato sauce and then garbanzos. Sauté for a minute, then add in raisins.
  5. Stir in spinach and cook a few minutes until wilted. If your skillet cannot accommodate all raw spinach at once, you can add it in batches.
  6. Stir in bacon, serve in a dish, drizzle with a generous portion of olive oil and garnish with slivered almonds.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 225Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 6mgSodium 271mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 8gSugar 9gProtein 11g

Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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