Crispy Chickpeas are an easy, versatile snack. These Crispy Chickpeas are pan fried and tossed in taco seasoning. Eat them as a snack or in a taco shell for a vegetarian taco!
When it comes to snacking around here, crispy snacks rule the roost. We snack on pretzels, chips, crackers, seasoned nuts. You name it, if it’s a crunchy snack you can bet my family is all over it.
My littlest kiddo, absolutely adores crispy chickpeas. He asks me to make them at least once a week. His personal favorite are Curried Chickpeas. And I don’t blame him, curry and chickpeas are a great combo.
However, I am always looking for new flavors to try. These Crispy Chickpeas with Taco Seasoning is my latest version. They make a fabulous snack and would make an excellent vegetarian taco filling!
Since I am making crispy chickpeas at least once a week, I’ve pretty much perfected my technique.
Tip #1: It is very important to rinse and pat dry the chickpeas. That helps them get crispier in the pan.
Tip #2: You will need an oil with a higher smoke point. I recommend using Avocado oil which has a smoke point of 520 degrees.
Tip #3: This is something I just discovered recently, cover the chickpeas while they are cooking. You’ll want to shake the pan every couple of minutes to make sure they don’t burn. I find that this does two things: helps keep the chickpeas in the pan when they pop and the chickpeas get crispier.
Tip #4: Season the chickpeas after you’ve removed them from the heat. If you the season the chickpeas when they are still cooking, you run the risk of the seasoning burning.
Tip #5: This recipe can easily be doubled, just make sure that your pan is large enough to keep the chickpeas in a single layer.
Step 1: Drain the chickpeas, rinse and gently pat dry with paper towels.
Step 2: Heat avocado oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot add in the chickpeas and spread them in a single layer in the pan.
Step 3: Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Shake the pan every minute or every 2 minutes to help prevent burning. Stirring also works.
Step #4: Remove chickpeas from heat and add taco seasoning. Toss to coat.
Step #5: Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate and serve immediately.
One of my favorite things about Crispy Chickpeas is that they are so versatile. You can make them with taco seasoning like I have done here. You could add some cajun seasoning, garlic or anything that you like. The possibilities are truly endless!
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