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Chi-Chi Bean Toasts


A chi-chi bean is Leslie Durso's grandmother's nickname for garbanzo beans, and it makes its appearance in Leslie's recipe mixed in a flavorful vegan mayonnaise and served on soft bread. We adapted ours to use regular mayonnaise, but feel free to stick to vegan like Leslie.


*This recipe was adapted from its original vegan-form from Leslie Durso. Visit her website to see the full recipe and more delicious vegan recipes.


  • One 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 Cup chopped dill
  • 1 Tablespoon relish
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise*
  • 1/4 Teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sliced bread


In a medium-sized mixing bowl, smash the beans and shallots with a potato smasher or fork until the beans are broken into about ¼ of the size. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Season to taste and serve as a sandwich or on sliced toasts as an appetizer.