Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas


There's a Mexican joint Michele and I go to once in a while that serves a complimentary bowl of spicy, fried chickpeas when you sit down to eat. It's a very nice touch, and a periodic reminder of what a great, highly-addictive snack this is. As in, only make single batches at a time, because you will eat everything you make. Season with any combination of spices that you like.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pinch ground cumin, or to taste

  • 1 pinch paprika, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place chickpeas in a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand for 24 hours. Drain and dry on paper towels.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Pour chickpeas into a baking dish; drizzle olive oil over the top and season with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Stir to coat chickpeas.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 20 minutes, until crispy and fragrant, about 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 449mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.