Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas with Sumac

Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

This chickpea appetizer or snack creates bean lovers. The balanced spicy, citrusy and salty sensations with a crunchy bean exterior are crave-able features. The health benefits of the beans and spices are a bonus. Quick and easy to make, these can be made ahead of time or served hot and crunchy from the pan.

Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 tsp sumac (see spice notes for options)
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder or chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil

Steps:

  1. Heat the oven to 425°F (218C) and arrange a rack in the middle position.
  2. Rinse chickpeas in a colander and let drain while preparing the spice mix.
  3. Add the dry spices to a bowl that is larger than needed to hold the chickpeas.
  4. Use a paper towel and gently pat the chickpeas to dry them further. The drier the chickpeas, the more crisp they will be.
  5. Add the chickpeas to the bowl. Shake them sauté style a few times until coated.
  6. Add the oil to the chickpeas and gently stir the chickpeas.
  7. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and add chickpeas in an even layer.
  8. Once or twice during the baking, gently shake the baking sheet for more even cooking. Chickpeas with high internal moisture content will pop like hot popcorn, so be careful to not get zinged by a hot bean.
  9. Chickpeas will become crisp between 18-24 minutes. Place two layers of paper toweling on a large plate and when chickpeas are done, pour them onto the paper towel to cool down, then move to a dry bowl or plate to stay crisp. Some brands of chickpeas get very crisp and stay crisp and others lose the texture in a few hours.

Nutrition Highlights:

  • Because of the fiber content, chickpeas are a high-satiety food–keeps you fuller for longer. One 15-ounce can provides about 25 grams of fiber.
  • High amounts of insoluble fiber that helps to create a health flora in your gut.
  • Fiber also helps control blood sugar changes and insulin secretion.

Fried Option: This adds calories but is an option for even crispier chickpeas

  1. Rinse chickpeas in a colander and let drain while preparing the spice mix.
  2. Add the dry spices to a bowl that is larger than needed to hold the chickpeas.
  3. Use a paper towel and gently pat the chickpeas to dry them further. The drier the chickpeas, the more crisp they will be.
  4. Add the chickpeas and give them a sauté style shake a few times until the chickpeas are coated.
  5. Heat a 10-12” skillet or sauté pan over medium high heat and add the oil. When the oil begins to shimmer, carefully add the chickpeas.

Spice Notes: The gorgeous purple-red spice mountain in the photo are dried and ground sumac berries. These add a tart-lemony element to dishes where lemon might be too strong or the moisture from lemon juice isn’t desired as in the case with these chickpeas. Sumac powder has increases your versatility in the kitchen, but if you don’t have it, go for a different spice profile and add some cumin or cumin plus coriander.

Ancho chile powder (the rusto-brown spice mountain in the photo) adds a hint of a fruity element where chili powder (a blend of herbs and chiles) not present in chili powder blends.

 

Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas with Sumac

Gimme your Garbanzos or Chuck me the Chickpeas—either way they’re the same bean!

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Michele Redmond

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Black-eyed pea and Hominy Texas Caviar

Black-eyed pea and Hominy Texas Caviar

Black-eyed pea and Hominy Texas Caviar

Black-eyed Pea and Hominy Texas Caviar

This recipe highlights how canned beans can make you popular and happier. For happy, you can quickly toss together this dish as an appetizer, side dish or picnic nibble. It’s a popular party pleaser that also offers flavorful fiber and isn’t calorie dense—just nutrient dense. The recipe was inspired by a self-described “good ol’ boy from Texas” who made his version a popular office pot-luck contribution.

Black-eyed Peas and Hominy Texas Caviar

 

Ingredients:   

1 can (4-ounce) diced roasted green chilies, diced 1 can (15-ounce) Black-eyed peas 1 can (15-ounce) Golden Hominy (white can work also) 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 ½ cup) 3 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt as needed (depends on the salt level of the canned ingredients)

Steps: 

  1. Open cans, drain hominy and peas and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Dice the red pepper and mince the garlic and add to the hominy mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing elements (garlic, vinegar, olive oil and salt). If you plan to store the bean caviar for 1-2 days before serving you can make a classic vinaigrette by adding all the ingredients except the olive oil and whisk it in slowly to make an emulsion that will hold.
  4. Add the dressing to the hominy mixture and gently mix together
  5. Adjust salt seasoning to taste if needed.
  • 4g of fiber—a flavorful addition to the goal of 25-30 grams of fiber per day
  • Can use green peppers also, red offers a nice color contrast to the chilies
  • Golden hominy tends to have fewer calories, fat and sodium than white hominy
  • Serve as a party topping for crackers (try whole wheat, Wasa rye or Bran crisp crackers).
  • For a side dish, can add crumbled feta or parmesan for additional flavor contrasts
  • Can make 1-2 days in advance, but 2 days causes the beans to soften more and have shed their “skin”

“There are those who adore the black-eyed pea and those who deem it better suited to the provisioning of livestock”

Courtney Bond

About Me

The pleasure of food, good health and well-being through simple habits for eating well and flexitarian low-key cooking.
Michele Redmond

Michele Redmond

French-trained Chef, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Food Enjoyment Activist

It's about Making Food First

Get Taste Workshop periodic updates on easy ways to choose and cook foods that satisfy your appetite, nurture your body and make eating well a pleasure.

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