Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
Crispy chickpeas will become a favorite when you need something crunchy on your salads and bowls. An added bonus? They're vegan!

Updated: Jan. 24, 2024

Roasted chickpeas are a crunchier, poppable version of your favorite legume that you can eat like popcorn or a handful or nuts. Of course, chickpeas are delicious in recipes like falafel and other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, but it’s time to start thinking of them as something to quickly munch on throughout the day.

Here’s how to make crispy, crunchy roasted chickpeas—sure to become one of your favorite snacks.

Ingredients for Roasted Chickpeas

  • Canned chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Lime zest
  • Lime juice
  • Sea salt

Directions

Step 1: Prep the chickpeas

Line a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet with foil. Spread the chickpeas in a single layer over the foil, removing any loose skins.

Step 2: Bake the chickpeas

Bake the chickpeas at 400ºF for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. When fully baked, they’ll be crunchy.

Step 3: Make the spice mixture

Meanwhile, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, chili powder, ground cumin, grated lime zest, lime juice and sea salt.

Step 4: Coat the chickpeas

Remove the chickpeas from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle them with the oil mixture and shake the pan to coat. Cool completely.

Roasted Chickpeas Variations

There are lots of ways to play around with the seasonings for crispy chickpeas. No matter what you decide to try, you’ll want to mix the chickpeas with the oil and spices after baking, not before. The spices can become bitter if they burn.

  • Rosemary sea salt: Prepare the chickpeas according to steps 1 and 2. Toss them with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
  • Orange curry: Prepare the chickpeas according to steps 1 and 2. Whisk 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of curry powder and 1 teaspoon of grated orange zest. Toss the chickpeas with the oil mixture. Cool completely.
  • Lemon pepper: Prepare the chickpeas according to steps 1 and 2. Whisk 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons of pepper and a teaspoon of lemon zest. Toss the chickpeas with the oil mixture. Cool completely.

How to Store Crispy Chickpeas

Store cooled crispy chickpeas in an airtight container for four to five days. They’ll be better fresh, since they’ll gradually lose their crunch, but you can toss them back in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes to crisp them back up again.

Roasted Chickpeas Tips

How can you make sure roasted chickpeas get crispy enough?

One trick is to make sure the chickpeas are totally dry before you put them on the baking sheet. Rubbing them between two layers of cloth towels will not only dry them more thoroughly after you’ve rinsed them, but it will also loosen some of those outer skins. (Those outer skins envelop the chickpeas with a thin, extra layer of moisture.)

Can you toss the chickpeas with the seasoning before baking?

Since spices can become bitter if they burn. We recommend tossing the chickpeas with the spices after baking to play it safe. Don’t worry—they’ll be just as flavorful!

How else can you make crispy chickpeas?

The oven is reliable, but you could also make crispy chickpeas in the air fryer too. Put completely dry chickpeas in a single layer in your air fryer basket at 400°F for 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t get too toasted, shaking the basket every 5 minutes or so.

How to serve roasted chickpeas?

Use crispy chickpeas like you would croutons on a salad. They’d add some welcome crunch to your favorite bowl recipes such as a BLT quinoa bowl or a tomato garlic lentil bowl, or even a roasted sweet potato hot from the oven.

Watch how to Make Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 40 min
Yield 2 cups.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking sheet with foil. Spread chickpeas in a single layer over foil, removing any loose skins. Bake until very crunchy, 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining ingredients. Remove chickpeas from oven; let cool 5 minutes. Drizzle with oil mixture; shake pan to coat. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 178 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 463mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Looking for a lighter snack that's still a crowd pleaser? You've found it! These zesty, crunchy chickpeas will have everyone happily munching. —Julie Ruble, Charlotte, North Carolina