Snack Attack #2: Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

You’ve had sweet (with a little tart thrown in for good measure). Now it’s time for the other side of the snacking coin: salty. Salty, spicy, tangy, bright, crunchy, provocative. Wait, can food be provocative?

I think so. Especially if the words chili-lime are involved.

I’ve seen roasted chickpeas cropping up all over the interwebs and have been all in a tizzy wanting to try them. They just look so scrumptious and snackable. I headed over to The Kitchn where there are about a billion (okay, fifteen) seasoning suggestions for roasted chickpeas. I needed some inspiration.

And oh, did I find inspiration! The Kitchn lists Garlic, Pepper, Rosemary chickpeas; Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Chili Powder chickpeas; and Brown Sugar, Rosemary, Cayenne Pepper chickpeas, just to name a few.

Chili powder, cumin, and lime all seemed like popular seasoning components, though I couldn’t seem to find a recipe that put them all together. They’re a match made in tex-mexy heaven, though, so I threw them all in my chickpea seasoning mix. Sure enough, the finished product tasted exactly like I’d imagined — spicy and addictive. I crunched down chickpea after chickpea while watching the first few episodes of America’s Got Talent on Hulu (no spoilers, please — except one. Feel free to tell me if anyone knocks Piers Morgan’s block off after a particularly snotty critique).

Are you in a snacky mood? These are so simple to make and they taste better than those greasy potato chips. The spice flavoring would also be wonderful on popcorn. What’s your go-to salty snack?

Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas


Recipe by: Adapted from chowmama
Yields: about 1.5 cups roasted chickpeas

Ingredients:
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed, and blotted dry
3-4 teaspoons chili powder*
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lime juice
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1-2 teaspoons cumin*
Pinch of dried herbs of your choice (I used a little rosemary and thyme) OR chopped fresh cilantro

*Note: start with the lowest amount of spice, then add more to taste.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray. Spread chickpeas out in a single layer over the foil. Once oven is preheated, bake chickpeas for 45-50 minutes, stirring and flipping every 15 minutes or so. Chowmama includes a note saying that the cooking times can very; the way she looked for (and thus the way I looked for) doneness is taking a few chickpeas out, letting them cool for a minute, and then biting into them. Take them out when they’re really crunchy.

Near the end of the chickpeas’ cooking time, combine oil, chili powder, lime juice, sea salt, and cumin in a medium bowl. Whisk to mix. When chickpeas are done, let them cool for just a minute before pouring them into the oil mixture. Stir to coat all the chickpeas well. Eat immediately, or store in an airtight container (after cooling completely) to eat later.

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97 Comments on Snack Attack #2: Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

  1. KeepItSweet
    September 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm (4 years ago)

    these sound delicious – i like your flavor combination!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks!

      Reply
  2. oneordinaryday
    September 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m all over the chili-lime combo. Sounds delicious!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  3. Sabrina Rose
    September 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I seriously cannot wait to make these!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Sabrina, they’re SO good! I know you’ll love ‘em!

      Reply
  4. Angela
    September 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my, I am heading straight for the kitchen!! I have never heard of roasting chickpeas, what a great idea for a healthy snack – and cumin is my favourite spice :-D xxx

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    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m in love with cumin, too, Angela! I know what you mean!

      Reply
      • Angela
        September 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm (4 years ago)

        Thank goodness I only had one tin of chickpeas and had to halve the recipe – I ate the entire lot!! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe :-)

        Reply
  5. Jordan
    September 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm (4 years ago)

    OMG Julie! These look amazing! I’d need a shovel because I don’t think I could eat them fast enough ;)

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s how I felt, Jordan! I definitely used a spoon. haha.

      Thanks :)

      Reply
  6. Joanne
    September 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to eat a whole bowl of these and the best part is – I would feel absolutely ZERO guilt! You picked a stellar flavor combo, that’s for sure.

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Joanne!

      Reply
  7. Wei-Wei
    September 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    I really wanted to go home and make these, but I realised that 1) I don’t have anymore chickpeas (and I usually cook them from dried beans) and 2) I have braces. I cannot eat crunchy. MAJOR SADFACE. Off to mourn my loss of noms. :( These do look wonderful, though. Love the bowl you put them in, your photography is phenomenal!

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    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Awww, no crunchy?! You poor thing! I think when I had braces I ignored my food rules, because I don’t remember them (don’t follow my bad example)!

      Reply
    • Julie
      September 3, 2010 at 12:13 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Betty!

      Reply
  8. Maranda
    September 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! These look amazing! I already have my own flavor combos going through my head! Yum!!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 3, 2010 at 12:29 am (4 years ago)

      They’re SO versatile! I love that they can be a wholly different snack depending on your spice combo.

      Thanks, Maranda!

      Reply
  9. Evan @swEEts
    September 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great way to use chickpeas! I have some in my cupboard right now.. I can’t wait to try this out and maybe some other flavors too :)

    My go-to salty snack is wheat thins.. Ijust love those little crunchy crackers!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 3, 2010 at 12:12 am (4 years ago)

      I LOVE Wheat Thins too, Evan!

      Reply
  10. Paula
    September 3, 2010 at 6:03 am (4 years ago)

    wow, I really like that recipe!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 3, 2010 at 6:14 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Paula!

      Reply
  11. Eva
    September 3, 2010 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

    Oh, these look so delicious!

    Just one, probably very stupid question: I do not need to cook these before I bake them, right?
    I have never really used chickpeas so I don’t know anything about them. They come dried in and I just pop them into the oven?

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    • Julie
      September 3, 2010 at 10:36 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Eva! Not a stupid question at all. Nope, you don’t cook the beans — just rinse them out of the can, and then pat them dry with some paper towels.

      Reply
      • cakesagoogoo
        September 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm (4 years ago)

        Eva, if you are using dried chickpeas you will need to cook them first – canned chickpeas are already cooked and ready to eat.

        Reply
        • Julie
          September 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm (4 years ago)

          Thanks for clarifying — that’s right; I used canned chickpeas here.

          Reply
  12. Jules
    September 4, 2010 at 2:12 am (4 years ago)

    Mmmmm! I need to try this!

    I say this about everything on your site, but I only have a real kitchen on the weekends. :-(

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 4, 2010 at 8:19 am (4 years ago)

      haha, I sense a marathon baking session in the works . . . ;)

      I actually only cook on the weekends, too. Isn’t that weird? I post throughout the week, but everything was made on some weekend or other. Hard to eat it all if you do it like that, though. I give a lot of food to family!

      Hope you can make them soon!

      Reply
  13. newlywed
    September 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Looks great! I love chickpeas! Never would have come up with that flavor combo in my own…thanks!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Hope you love them! I was wild about the flavor combo!

      Reply
  14. Julie M.
    September 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Julie, as usual, you’ve come up with another brilliant dish. This looks like a truly perfect snack! I’m a huge lime fan so I’d definitely be all over these.

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, girl! The lime TOTALLY makes it — cumin gives that sultry flavor and then the lime punches it up!

      Reply
  15. Monica H
    September 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I really like hummus but I’ve never tried to roast chickpeas. They sound so addicting.

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Monica!

      Reply
    • Julie
      September 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Tristan!

      Reply
  16. Natalie (The Sweets Life)
    September 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m thinking these are going to be great for fall football watching parties….can’t wait to try them :)

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh, perfect idea!

      Reply
  17. TrippyTexan
    September 7, 2010 at 10:15 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve never even heard of roasted chickpeas before! These seems pretty easy and fun– I wonder if I could get a family member who hates hummus to try these? They seem like a healthier alternative to fried potato chips and such.

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm (4 years ago)

      They’re totally easy and much better than the greasy stuff — very snackable! :) Thanks!

      Reply
  18. Jessica
    September 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm (4 years ago)

    These look beautiful!

    Reply
  19. Cristina - TeenieCakes
    September 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve also been hearing so much about seasoned, nibbles using chickpeas (garbanzos). I’m going to try these!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Hope you love them!

      Reply
  20. Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries
    September 8, 2010 at 8:24 am (4 years ago)

    I love chickpeas and anything spicy, so this must be added to the list of things to try! Are those Special K crackers I spy in the corner? Heart those! ;)

    P.S. I had a baking success this weekend which I’ll be posting on later today!! :)

    Reply
  21. sheila @ elements
    September 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Those look awesome!!! I can’t wait to make some!! :)

    Reply
  22. Chris
    September 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm (4 years ago)

    These look great! Question: will these stay crunchy? I have roasted chickpeas before but they never stay crunchy! Any tips? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm (4 years ago)

      Mine didn’t stay crunchy past the first day or two either, Chris (though they were still yummy)! I almost think it’s inevitable with the oil coating, but I bet you could recrisp them in the oven for a bit before eating?

      Reply
  23. muddywaters
    September 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for taking the time to post this wonderful recipe. I’m trying to slightly alter my eating habits, so I’m looking for more recipes utilizing whole grains and beans. This recipe looks like it will satisfy my craving for a salty snack.

    I’ll be sure to visit often.

    Great pictures!

    Reply
    • Julie
      September 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you! Hope you love it!!

      Reply
  24. Tina
    July 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm (4 years ago)

    They are in the oven now. Is it normal for them to pop and go all over the oven? lol

    Reply
  25. Roxy
    August 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to get these in any market in Arizona, but since have moved to Maine and could not find them anywhere. Thank you so much for the recipe, it was delicious!

    Reply
    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      August 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay, so glad it filled a gap in your life! :D I think I need to make these again soon!

      Reply
  26. c8lin
    September 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Am I the only one that thinks turning over every single chick pea every 15 min. for almost an hour sounds like a pain in the butt?!…..they look yummy though :)

    Reply
    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      September 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Who said anything about turning over every single chickpea? You literally just toss them with a spatula three times. Ha.

      Reply
  27. Donna Baker
    November 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

    this is delicious! I just made some this evening but forgot to get limes at the store so I subbed white wine vinegar – yum. I also put garlic powder, smoked paprika and oregano in mine. thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  28. jjharpst
    December 31, 2011 at 12:34 am (3 years ago)

    what did I do wrong? these were so hard that I couldn’t eat them and no taste.

    Reply
    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      December 31, 2011 at 1:20 am (3 years ago)

      Uh-oh; it sounds like you might’ve used dried garbanzo beans instead of canned — could that be it? Canned beans are already cooked and will be tender. Dry beans require soaking and cooking differently from canned. Let me know if that could be it!

      Reply
  29. Shannon
    January 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I happened upon this recipe last night and immediately made a batch. They are delicious! I love chickpeas but never thought of roasting them. The flavor combination is delicious. I shared them at work today and everyone else loved them too.

    Reply
  30. Deborah
    January 19, 2012 at 5:43 am (3 years ago)

    Found your site. Love it. Love the garbanzo bean recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  31. mrsblocko
    January 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I made these and wrote about them here. They have rocked my little world. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    Reply
  32. Jennifer
    February 5, 2012 at 1:01 am (3 years ago)

    I found you on Pinterest this week and have to admit that I had never had or even heard of roasted chickpeas. But these sounded so yummy that I picked up a can and made some tonight. Oh.my.goodness! These are sooo good!

    I did make one change and threw them back in the oven for about 8 minutes after coating them with the spices because they were a little too wet for me. Not sure if I did something wrong? But that helped to dry the spice/oil coating and I am devouring them as I write this. :)

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    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      February 5, 2012 at 2:03 am (3 years ago)

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed them, Jennifer! Good call on the oven if they were still too wet — maybe our quantity of oil/beans were slightly different or something weird. Mine got tossed and by the time the mixture was dispersed, weren’t very wet.

      Reply
  33. Donna Y
    March 28, 2012 at 1:00 am (3 years ago)

    I knew there was a reason I bought 4 cans of Chickpeas today. What a coincidence.Well, they won’t sit on the shelf for long. Thanks for the recipe. :D

    Reply
  34. karen
    April 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I AM A CHILI LIME FAN…LOOKING FOR HEALTY SNACKS! HOMERUN ON THIS ONE.

    Reply
  35. Jewels
    May 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Recipe sounds great. I bought Two bags yesterday I will put them to soak tonight and boil them in the morning…..I usually BBQ them or roast them regular but I will try this…sound yummy.

    Reply
  36. Hannah
    September 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so unbelievably amazing, I am eating them now and I can’t get them into my mouth fast enough. Thank you so much for the recipe!! I might have to make these every day.

    Reply
  37. Kelly
    January 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Are these healthy??? I don’t see a nutrition value to them.

    Reply
  38. j marks
    February 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Tried these – they ended up tasty but soggy. Did I not cook them to a proper “crunch”?
    Seems as if the topping could have gone a lot further, I could have doubled the garbanzo beans.
    Thoughts? Recommendations?
    (BTW: I enjoyed the roasted beans plain as well. They would be as tasty with just a teeny bit of oil and some salt.)

    Reply
    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      February 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Sounds like they needed to go farther — keep stirring and roasting until crunchy. Then let cool spread out — if you heap them immediately, they’ll “steam” each other to sogginess. Also, the spice mix was perfect for my taste, but since everyone’s taste is different, you’ll have to modulate it to your own preference.

      Reply
  39. Katy
    December 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm (1 year ago)

    I just made these and YUMMM!

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      December 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Katy!

      Reply
  40. jaime
    January 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm (2 days ago)

    EXCELLENT! Followed recipe exactly left in the oven a bit longer for more crunch however these are my new addiction!!! FABULOUS!

    Reply
    • Julie Ruble
      January 27, 2015 at 10:28 pm (2 days ago)

      So glad you enjoyed them!!

      Reply

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