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two halves of chipotle chickpea melts stacked on top of each other with a side of tortilla chips
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Easy Chipotle Chickpea Melts

Looking for a way to use your canned chickpeas? Try our easy chipotle chickpea melts! Made with mashed chickpeas, chipotle peppers in adobo, vegan mayo and more all melted together between two toasty slices of bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: buffalo chickpea salad, chipotle chickpea melts, chipotle chickpea salad, chipotle chickpea salad melt, chipotle chickpea salad sandwiches, chipotle chickpea sandwich
Servings: 4
Calories: 781kcal


  • strainer
  • food processor
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • silicone spatula or wooden spoon
  • metal spatula
  • cast iron skillet with a cover


  • 2 cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • ½ cup vegan mayo (I used Follow Your Heart Vegenaise)
  • 1 roma tomato (seeded and finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 8 slices bread (I used Daves Killer Bread 21 grains & seeds)
  • 6 slices vegan cheese (I used Follow Your Heart American slices)
  • 4 Tbsp vegan butter (I used Earth Balance buttery sticks)


Chipotle chickpea salad

  • Drain and rinse chickpeas and add to food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped and add to medium-sized bowl.
  • Add the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the food processor and puree. Add 4 Tbsp of the peppers to the bowl and reserve the rest for other recipes.
  • Finely chop the onion and tomato and add to the bowl along with the vegan mayo, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Stir to combine the chipotle chickpea salad together. If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of water or more vegan mayo. Add additional salt to taste if needed.

Making the melts

  • Spread vegan butter across one side of all 8 slices of bread. Flip 4 slices butter side down and add a large amount of chipotle chickpea salad to each piece. Top with 1 ½ slices of vegan cheese and then add the remaining slice of bread butter side up.
  • Bring a skillet to low heat. Carefully transfer 2 sandwiches to the skillet and cover. Cook for 5 minutes on one side and then flip and continue cooking for another 5 until the melt is nice and toasty. Repeat until you have all of the melts and serve with tortilla chips, roasted, potatoes, and more.
  • If you can't get the vegan cheese to melt, try nuking the chipotle chickpea salad in the microwave before assembling the sandwich. It will help heat the cheese to ensure melting occurs. You can also try baking the sandwiches in a toaster oven instead at 300 degrees.


Nutrition is an estimate and does not include optional ingredients.  
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Serving: 320g | Calories: 781kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1336mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4mg