These buffalo chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect combination of sweet, tangy and spicy. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and easy to make with everyday ingredients.

Sweet potato stuffed with buffalo chickpeas and avocado, topped with white sauce.

Vegan Ranch Dressing

These stuffed sweet potatoes are topped off with avocado, green onion and a tangy, vegan ranch dressing. I know some of you are either soy-free or nut-free so I’ve provided two options to make the vegan ranch: it can be made with raw cashews or soft tofu, both with delicious results.

A spoonful of chopped herbs being sprinkled into a small bowl of white dipping sauce.
Ranch dressing in a small dish with a spoon and a large bowl of buffalo chickpeas.

Whether you use nuts or tofu, the rest of the dressing ingredients are the same:

  • lemon
  • apple cider vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • sea salt

I kept it simple but you can also fold in some chopped dill, chives or parsley to add another layer of ranch flavour. A spoonful of nutritional yeast also works for a bit of extra flavour. For another option, try my tahini ranch dressing.

How to Make Buffalo Chickpeas

To make addictively delicious buffalo chickpeas:

  • toss a rinsed and drained can of chickpeas with buffalo sauce, a bit of oil, garlic powder and sea salt
  • cook ’em up in a pan until the sauce is thickened, mashing some of the chickpeas as you cook them for added texture
  • mix in more buffalo sauce and enjoy
Buffalo sauce being poured into a large bowl of chickpeas.
A skillet of buffalo chickpeas on a black stovetop.

The chickpeas are perfect for topping baked sweet potatoes but you can also use them in my spicy chickpea wraps, salads and soups.

They can also be mashed with some diced celery and red onion to make a spicy egg salad-inspired sandwich. Or just eat them on their own because they’re seriously addictive and delicious!

Not into buffalo sauce? Try this recipe with BBQ chickpeas instead.

Sweet potato stuffed with buffalo chickpeas and avocado, topped with white sauce.

Buffalo Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

These are easy to make and even easier if you make the baked sweet potatoes, chickpeas and dressing in advance.

Once it’s all made, it’s just a matter of throwing it all in your baked sweet potato and digging in. I added avocado for some cool, creamy texture and green onion for a little crunch and extra pop of flavour.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is easily customizable. Here are a few extras and variations you can try:

  • add diced peppers
  • add diced red onions
  • add steamed broccoli
  • try buffalo cauliflower instead of buffalo chickpeas
  • try BBQ chickpeas instead of buffalo chickpeas
  • add fresh cilantro or parsley
  • add grated carrot
  • add fresh or sautéed spinach or kale

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Sweet potato stuffed with buffalo chickpeas and avocado, topped with white sauce.

Buffalo Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan

These Buffalo Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are topped with creamy avocado, tangy vegan ranch dressing and crunch green onions. You will love the flavour in this healthy and satisfying vegan meal. Vegan and gluten-free.


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Ingredients

For the Buffalo Chickpeas

  • 1 19 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or approx. 2 cups or 360 grams cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper

For the Vegan Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 package (150 g) of soft tofu (see notes for substitution)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • optional: 2 tbsp of fresh chopped dill, chives or parsley

For the Stuffed Sweet Potato

  • 1 small baked sweet potato per person (or half a medium to large-sized)
  • 1/4 of an avocado per person
  • chopped green onion, for topping

Instructions

To Make the Buffalo Chickpeas

  1. Place the rinsed and drained chickpeas in a bowl and mix with 1/3 cup buffalo sauce, the olive, oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook in a pan until they start to thicken and almost caramelize. This should take about 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. As you stir, mash some of them up to create some texture.
  3. Once they’re done, mix in the extra 1 tbsp of buffalo sauce.

To Make the Vegan Ranch Dressing

  1. Add all ingredients (except the herbs, if you’re using) to a food processor or high-speed blender, or use an immersion blender and mix until smooth and creamy. I like using the single-server portion of my Ninja Blender for this.
  2. Add additional water if desired to adjust the consistency.
  3. If you’re adding fresh dill or parsley, stir them in once it’s blended.

To Assemble the Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  1. If using, add a handful of fresh spinach to a bowl or plate and place the baked sweet potato on top. Cut the sweet potato in half and open it up a bit so you can add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Add a scoop of chickpeas, sliced avocado, chopped green onion and a drizzle of the vegan ranch dressing.

Notes

I haven’t tried making the chickpeas without the olive oil but if you prefer, I think it would be okay to leave it out if you want the recipe to be oil-free.

As an alternative to soft tofu, you can use raw cashews to make the vegan ranch dressing. Use 1/3 cup raw cashews blender with 2 tbsp of water to replace the 1/2 a package of tofu. The rest of the ingredients can stay the same except you may need to adjust the water a bit to reach the right consistency. For best results and the smoothest dressing, soak the cashews for at least a few hours and drain before using.

Keywords: plant-based, vegetarian, easy, healthy

This recipe was originally published August 17, 2017. It was updated January 2020 with new photos and text. There was no changes made to the original recipe.