Spicy Crispeas

Like my play on words there? Crispy + Chickpeas? Pretty clever, huh? That’s why I get paid to do this. OK, not really. Maybe someday. Anyway…

I’ve been in a pretty salty mood lately attitude-wise, and apparently my food cravings have taken note. Chips, nuts, pretzels…you name it, I want it. I’m usually pretty careful about what kind of salty snacks — and snacks in general — I have in the house as my portion control skills aren’t exactly the best. Because of that I started brainstorming other snack options that were, ahem — healthier.

I remembered seeing a similar recipe for crispy edamame, which was the basis for this idea. I already had a few cans of chickpeas in the house, so I decided to give it a whirl. They didn’t get as crispy as I thought they would, but they did have a satisfying bite and a nice flavor. Don’t like the spices I used? Try your own! Versatility is king.

Spicy Crispeas

What you need:

  • 2 15-ounce cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (a last second addition — not included in ingredient photo)
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt, to taste

How you do it:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Dry chickpeas by lightly rolling them in a clean kitchen towel.
  • In a medium bowl, mix olive oil, spices and salt. Add dried chickpeas and toss to coat.
  • Pour the chickpeas onto a rimmed sheet tray lined with foil, spreading them out into a single layer. Bake for about 35 minutes until chickpeas are crispy, shaking the sheet tray once or twice during that time.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and top with a sprinkle of paprika and more salt, if desired.



17 thoughts on “Spicy Crispeas

  1. Yum, these are so good! I make them too (with the same spices), but got the basic recipe out of Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. He starts them in a cast iron pan and then moves them to the oven. It cuts down on the time & makes them a little brown around the edges. This approach looks great too, though, and requires less attention.

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  4. I just made something like these a few days ago and I have to admit that I ate the entire batch myself. I felt so satisfied, and I loved the crunch. I’ll have to try your spice version for my next batch!

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