Lebanese Beef Pilaf with Chickpeas

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This Lebanese Beef Pilaf with Chickpeas dish, also known as Riz b Hummus or Riz w Hummus in Arabic, is made with flavored ground beef, onions, medium grain rice and cooked chickpeas. It’s a quick, easy-to-make one pot meal the whole family will love!

riz w hummus

Lebanese Beef Pilaf with Chickpeas- Riz b Hummus

This Lebanese Beef and Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas is so satisfying- a must try! It has so many layers of flavor with simple ingredients. It’s one of those meals that you’ll make and your family members will be convinced you’re the best cook around. This ground beef and chickpeas dish is also known as Riz b Hummus or Riz w Hummus, where riz translates to rice and Hummus translates to chickpeas.

What you Need to Make Ground Beef and Rice with Chickpeas:

You can find the full printable recipe including ingredient quantities, below. But here are the basic ingredients for this easy beef rice pilaf to get you started.


Ground beef

Olive oil and butter

Ground all spice


Ground black pepper

Chickpeas: cooked

Rice: Medium grain


beef pilaf with chickpeas

Tips for the Beef Pilaf:

  • Rinsing your rice – probably one of the most important tips to making any perfect rice dish is rinsing your rice. You want to rinse and repeat until the water runs clear. This ensures most of the starch is released leading to a fluffy rice.
  • When the Beef and rice pilaf is ready, leave it covered and undisturbed for a few minutes before serving.
  • Use lean ground beef– I used 92% lean 8% fat.


This Lebanese pilaf is best served with plain yogurt on the side, but you can also serve it with a side of vegetables or a salad.


This dish should freeze very well, Just divide any leftovers into single portions, place in a freezer-safe containers after its been completely cooled down, then transfer to the freezer. The frozen chickpea and rice pilaf should be good for about 3 months. It will also keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Lebanese hashweh with chickpeas

More Lebanese dinner ideas? Here are some!

Chicken Freekeh

Lebanese Spinach Stew

Bulgur Pilaf with Zucchini


Lebanese Chicken and Rice

Lebanese Beef and Green Bean Stew

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beef pilaf with chickpeas

Lebanese Beef Pilaf with Chickpeas

Yield: 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Lebanese Hashweh with chickpeas and rice.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter- optional
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup medium-grain rice like Uncle Bens, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/4 cups water


  1. In a large pot on medium heat, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the onions and ground beef and season with spices and salt. Cook until the onions are soft and the ground beef is browned, about 8-10 minutes
  2. Add the rinsed rice and stir to combine. Pour the water on top. Cover the pot, bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until rice is cooked through (for about 15-20 minutes).
  3. Mix in the chickpeas. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
  4. Remove from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Fluff the rice with fork, serve with with plain yogurt and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 858mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 25g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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    1. Hello Megan,
      Yes, you can use Basmati rice to make Lebanese Pilaf with Chickpeas. Just change the ratio of rice to water. Usually, 1:1.5 (1 cup of Basmati rice to 1.5 cups of water. Hope this helps! 🙂

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