Chili Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Melanie Lorick
by Melanie Lorick
2 people
35 min

The new favorite roasted chickpea spice combination in our household is officially chili lime. The smoky chili seasoning and red pepper flakes create a wonderful savory profile that pairs SO nicely with the refreshing lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro. What makes this even better is the fact you can enjoy it as a snack, as an addition to salad, grain bowls, or tacos AND it is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and easy to whip up in 30 minutes.

Head to: for some added tips to make the best roasted chickpeas regardless of the flavors you pick!

Chili lime roasted chickpeas make a great appetizer, side, or snack!

Pro Tip: If you soak your chickpeas overnight – and live in an area that has hard water – add a little pinch of baking soda to help speed up the process.

Here are a few ideas to incorporate this into your diet:


  • Copycat Chipotle Salad Bowl
  • Sweet potato filling with a little tahini dressing 
  • Added to greens of your choice to create a simple salad with a crunch
  • Serve as an appetizer in small cups, like those from Sophistiplate
  • Used as a meat replacement in a tortilla or hard taco shell with your favorite fillings (lettuce, hummus, guacamole, etc.)

Until next time friends, cheers to your hearth, health, and happiness! 

Chili Lime Roasted Chickpeas
Recipe details
  • 2  people
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (from half a lime)
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili seasoning blend (can substitute with chili powder)
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 15.5 oz. can of chickpeas rinsed, drained, and patted dry

Preheat oven too 400ºF.
In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, salt, chili seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Stir thoroughly to evenly coat the chickpeas. Tip: I add the spices in small amounts, as I stir the chickpeas to help ensure each chickpea gets coated.
Pour onto a baking sheet and spread the chickpeas out so they aren't clumped together, preventing them from steaming. Sprinkle with a little more coarse sea salt, if desired.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through to allow a little more even cooking. The chickpeas are done and ready to remove from the oven when they start to develop a crispy texture and areas of darker brown spots on the legumes themselves. Remove from oven.
In the same bowl used earlier, add lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro. Add the roasted chickpeas to the bowl and stir to combine. After ingredients are combined, pour back onto the baking sheet and allow to cool. Enjoy on their own, or in a salad or grain bowl!
  • Red pepper flakes are optional, but add just a little kick to compliment the other flavors.
  • You are welcome to adjust quantities to suit your preferences, but be cautious adding much more olive oil. A little goes a long way.
Melanie Lorick
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  • RN Jen RN Jen on Feb 13, 2021

    Can Tajin seasoning mix be used as a substitute? If so, how would the recipe need to be modified? Thx!