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Smokey Crunchy Chickpeas

The humble chickpea has a long and storied history throughout many parts of the world – particularly in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Believed to be one of the earliest cultivated crops, chickpeas have been a staple in various cuisines for thousands of years.

Renowned for their versatility, chickpeas can be prepared in numerous ways, catering to a wide range of culinary preferences. From smooth and creamy hummus to hearty soups and stews, chickpeas add a distinct nutty taste and a satisfying texture to any dish they grace. Their mild flavor allows them to be easily infused with various spices and seasonings, making them incredibly adaptable to different flavor profiles.

In recent years, the popularity of fried chickpeas has soared, thanks to their delightful crunch and unique flavor. These golden-brown morsels are made by frying soaked or canned chickpeas until they reach a crispy perfection. The result is a tasty and addictive snack that can be enjoyed on its own, sprinkled over salads, or used as a topping for soups and grain bowls.

Fried chickpeas have a rich history, with some considering them an ancient form of fast food. In the bustling markets and streets of the past, vendors would sell these crispy delights to travelers and locals alike, providing a quick and satisfying bite for those on the go.

What makes fried chickpeas even more appealing is their nutritional value. Packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and essential minerals, they are a healthy alternative to traditional fried snacks. They offer a satisfying crunch without the guilt, making them a favorite among health-conscious snackers.

Whether enjoyed as a crunchy snack or incorporated into a flavorful dish, fried chickpeas continue to captivate taste buds around the world. Elevate your culinary adventures by introducing these crispy wonders to your cooking repertoire, and discover the endless possibilities of this ancient and versatile legume.

So next time you’re looking for a snack that is tasty, nutritious, and rooted in history, reach for a handful of fried chickpeas and embrace the culinary journey they offer.

Fried chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a delicious and nutritious snack or side dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. These crunchy little gems are incredibly versatile, allowing you to experiment with different flavors and seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

To prepare fried chickpeas, simply drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture, as this will help them crisp up beautifully when cooked. Heat some oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and then add the chickpeas. Cook them for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they turn golden brown and crispy.

Now comes the fun part: seasoning your fried chickpeas! You can go for a simple yet satisfying combination of salt and pepper, or get adventurous with a range of spices. Some popular options include smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, or even a dash of cayenne for some heat. Toss the cooked chickpeas with your chosen seasonings while they’re still warm to ensure that the flavors evenly coat the crispy exterior.

Once your fried chickpeas are seasoned to perfection, they’re ready to be enjoyed. These tasty little bites make for a great snack on their own, or you can use them as a crunchy topping for salads, soups, or roasted vegetables. They also make a fantastic addition to grazing boards or party platters.

Not only are fried chickpeas incredibly delicious, but they also pack a nutritional punch. Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein, making them a great option for vegetarians and vegans. They are also high in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps you feel fuller for longer. So, you can enjoy these crispy delights guilt-free!

Next time you’re looking for a flavorful and wholesome snack or side dish, give fried chickpeas a try. With their endless seasoning possibilities and nutritional benefits, they are sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen. Bon appétit!

This tasty snack pairs beautifully with my Elderflower Rose Gimlet.

So break out your skillet and get cooking – it’s time to explore the delicious possibilities of fried chickpeas!

Smoky Crunchy Chickpeas

Who knew something so simple could be so flavorful? Try these smokey, spicy chickpeas for an unforgettable crunchy snack! Whether you add your spices before or after roasting, you're sure to get a unique and delectable taste that is sure to have everyone wanting more. Don't forget to double the recipe if there are more than two people around – these scrumptious snacks go fast! Enjoy!
No matter what kind of spice blend you choose, these crunchy roasted chickpeas will hit the spot every time. For a smokier flavor try adding the spices before cooking. Alternatively, tossing them in after gives you a brighter taste with just as much punch.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling off 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, North African
Servings 2 People


  • Small bowl Baking sheet


  • 1 15oz Can Chickpeas Garbanzos
  • 2 Tbls Olive oil Extra virgin
  • 2 Tsp Spanish Bittersweet Pimenton
  • 1 Tsp Dried French Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 Clove Peeled garlic cloves, cut in quarters vertically


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Drain the chickpeas of the liquid in the can and rinse them well. Let them drain again and lay them on paper towels to dry, changing the towel at least once. Roll them around the paper towel so that all parts of them get blotted.
    1 15oz Can Chickpeas
  • Toss chickpeas (and optional garlic) with olive oil in a small bowl. If you wish add the spice blend to the bowl and toss chickpeas so they’re coated. Lay the spiced chickpeas in one layer on baking sheet.
    2 Tbls Olive oil, 1 Tsp Dried French Thyme, 1 Clove Peeled garlic cloves, cut in quarters vertically, 2 Tsp Spanish Bittersweet Pimenton
  • Bake in oven until golden brown and crunchy. They will crisp further once they cool. Be careful not to let the chickpeas or spices burn.
  • Remove from oven and let cool so that once served in a bowl the steam doesn’t cause them to soften up. If you haven’t already added the spice blend do so now and stir with a spoon to coat the chickpeas.
    1 Tsp Kosher salt, 2 Tsp Spanish Bittersweet Pimenton
  • Serve while barely room or at room temperature.


Discover a new favorite healthy snack with roasted chickpeas. Packed with fiber and protein, they satisfy hunger and keep you feeling full longer. When roasted, chickpeas develop a delicious nutty taste that pairs perfectly with any seasoning or sauce.
Start with these four flavor options to get your creative juices flowing:
  1. Smoky paprika and cumin for a subtle, smoky heat.
  2. Cinnamon and sugar for a sweet and warm treat.
  3. Turmeric and ginger offer a warm, spicy kick.
  4. Lime and black pepper provide a refreshing citrus and mild heat combo.
Enjoy experimenting with these and find your own unique taste sensations.
Keyword smokey, spicy
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Where chickpeas are grown

Chickpeas are usually grown in warmer climates, as they need plenty of sunlight and warm temperatures. They can be grown in a variety of soils from loamy to sandy-loam, but must have adequate moisture for the plants to thrive. Chickpeas are harvested either manually or mechanically depending on the region where they are cultivated; after harvest, the chickpeas are shelled before being processed for sale. It’s no wonder that these tasty legumes have been enjoyed by civilizations around the world for centuries; with a smoky crunchy flavor, what’s not to love? From falafel to hummus, let us all raise our plates to the mighty chickpea! Enjoy your fried, smoky crunchy chickpeas today. Bon appétit!

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