Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas

These Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas are quick, easy, and oh-so tasty! We absolutely adore them as a salad topper or as a vegetarian taco filling!

Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas

After realizing just how often I make these crispy chickpeas, I decided it was time to update the photos for this post.

Because I love a good laugh (and laughing at myself is inevitable) here is the original photo from the recipe I published back in Spring of 2012:

Taco-Style Chickpeas: quick, easy, and oh-so tasty, you'll ADORE these crispy roasted chickpeas! Great as a salad topper or as a vegetarian taco filling!

Yowza! It’s honestly not my worst work either, but pretty darn atrocious all the same. What was I thinking with that doll-sized salad? I would have to eat fifty of those to call it a meal. And that placemat… WOOF! Let’s get back to basics and let these crispity crunchity chickpeas shine in the spotlight.

They’re FANTASTIC and ready for their close up!

Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas


scrumptious serving suggestions

  • Serve them up taco-salad-style on a bed of greens with all your favorite toppings
  • Pile ’em into crispy taco shell with creamy re-fried beans, shredded lettuce, fresh salsa, and a mountain of guacamole
  • Snack on them by the handful (what I’m doing right now while I type this – YUM!)
  • Try them on a Tex-Mex rice bowl and put Chipotle’s bowls to shame
  • Top them on these amazing low-carb baked bell pepper tacos

The opportunities to introduce these bad boys to your face are endless! Really!

Crispy Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas

As written, these are on the slightly spicy side. I wasn’t reaching for a glass of water to chug, but my tastebuds were definitely tingling from these zesty chickpeas. For a mild version, swap out the cayenne for sweet paprika. Want it crazy spicy? Give it a taste as written then add as much cayenne as your spice-loving heart desires, yo! These are super easy to customize and fantastic every which way!

Crispy Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas




Yield 2-4 servings


  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas
  • 1 TBSP avocado or olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Grab a can of garbanzo beans. Rinse, drain, and pat dry.
  3. Lay spaced out on a baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil or olive oil and sea salt.
  4. Set timer for 20-25 minutes, toss em in the oven, and walk away.
  5. Remove from oven, toss with cayenne, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder and allow to cool.
  6. Enjoy!


Adjust cayenne pepper to taste based on heat preference. For mild chickpeas, use sweet paprika in place of the spicy cayenne.

Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas

Taco Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas

See? Totally quick and easy!

Today is one of my crazier days this week, which is a huge deal since I spend most of Paul’s deployment sleeping between Skype dates.  On today’s agenda is spin class, grocery shopping, and flailing around zumba followed by dinner and a movie.

*ahem* dinner and HUNGER GAMES!!!

I can’t wait!

Is anyone else nerding-out and seeing the movie tonight at midnight with me for the premiere?

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate

HUNGER GAMES!!!! So excited!! 🙂

Andrea @ Vegvacious

Yum! I’ve been wanting to try roasted chickpeas and I LOVE any Mexi-inspired meals! That salad is going to be my lunch at work next week…and guac is a definite side 🙂

Have fun at the movie – let us know if you loved it! I’m hoping we can go maybe next weekend!


That looks SO good and I’m feeling mexican food today anyway.  Ole!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Yay!!! I’ll keep you posted! <3


YUM!! I love some great chick peas! I’m still reading Hunger Games or else I would be right there with you at midnight! Enjoy your crazy busy day, chicka pea!  


These chickpeas look so very delicious.  I haven’t yet tried them outside of hummus, but I think taco style would definitely be to my liking.
I hope you enjoy your movie and dinner!


I have made these for chickpea tacos before, so good!


Love this recipe and I just so happen to have some chickpeas that need to be used!

Ahhh Hunger Games! I am just finishing up the last book of the series (s0 good!) and then will see the movie 🙂

Shari D

If I can find someone to go with me at midnight I will!!


Love love chickpeas and yes, in salads too. This looks too good to resist 🙂


This just might be a way to make my Hubs eat chickpeas!! Yay! You are brilliant! Thank you 🙂

Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

Perfect!! I love roasted chickpeas. I make curried chickpeas to snack on all the time! But this is genius because I love making veggie taco salads! Would be a nice alternative to using Boca Meatless crumbles for a change 🙂


I am hoping that we can get tickets to go see the movie Saturday night. I hope the movie is as good as the book 


What a great idea this is!! I never thought to flavor chickpeas before

Deelicious Sweets

Great recipe!  These would be awesome paired with just about anything.  Especially a taco salad!  Yum!


Yum! One of my favorite vegan restaurants actually has a chickpea taco dish that I’ve been dying to recreate. This sounds like the perfect recipe for it! 
Enjoy the movie! I can’t wait to hear how you like it. (:


i lovee this! Sounds so good 🙂

Ladies Holiday

Mmm. Chickpeas are so versatile. Who knew!?!


I’ve always thought of frying garbanzo beans but this sounds better!



I want to eat this right now!!!! that is a busy day, but a day with zumba is always a good day 🙂 enjoy the movie!!!

Robyn :)

I am heading to Kansas city tomorrow so no midnight movie for me 🙂  And as excited I am that Hunger Games opens tomorrow I waiting to see it.  This is one movie hubby and i agree on wanting to see and we will be going when the theatres are hopefully less crowded 😉

I am looking forward to making this recipe.  I am trying to eat primarily vegetarian with only the occasional meat, poultry or fish.

Cat Tan

I fekking love chickpeas.


I used to do these ALL the time!  Must make them again soon.  I used garam masala and some other spices… I think really similar to yours.  We need to have a chickpea roast off when we hang out. 🙂


I really wish I was seeing the movie at midnight tonight!  Think I could sneak out and be back before my kids even know?

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

I freaking love chick peas!

Kat @ Journey to 100

I LOVE zumba!  I wish I was seeing hunger games, but sadly I have to work til 2am, so I’m going on Saturday! I can’t wait!

Meredith R

YUM! I made  recipe similar to this but I didn’t serve it taco-salad style… what a great idea though! 🙂


ooooo, so delicious!!! This is getting pinned right now 🙂

Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

So…I’ve never actually done the whole roasted chickpea thing. But I’ve been craving Mexican lately…so perhaps this weekend? 🙂

Kimberly Bright

Hot dang, these look good1 


Guacamole is one my favorite foods and chickpeas are my favorite bean. You have me drooling over here!


I recently adopted a love (read: obsession) for chickpeas! Def will be doing this one. And as you know I am a HG nerd. Can’t wait until we can talk about it! 🙂

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

omg girl go see it stat!!!!! I need a HG gabfest! =)

Kiri W.

Beautiful! I love roasted chickpeas, but taco seasoning is a new one 🙂

Ann Mc

What a fun, terrific recipe!  I am gonna have to break down and see this movie.  Would you believe I have no idea what it’s about?

shannon @ a periodic table

what a great idea for a fast (and too busy to think about it) lunch or dinner! Love this idea, and am so trying it this weekend. 

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

yay!!!! hope you looove it!


Quick recipe, i love them because they save my time on busy days, thanks for a new one for my collection.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

mmmm that would rock!