Spiced Chickpeas

Fast and flavorful, these spiced chickpeas can be used to balance out a meal or be the focal point. Play around with the spice balance to find one you like or experiment with what you already have on hand. 

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed if using canned (see note)
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (see note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Black Pepper, for topping


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin and coriander. Toast, shaking the pan often, until spices are fragrant. Place in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind the spices.
  • Return the pan to the stovetop, to medium-low heat. Add the olive oil, followed by the garlic. Cook garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, until golden. Add in the chickpeas and followed by the ground cumin/coriander smoked paprika, ginger, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne if using. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, just enough that the chickpeas are warm and start to turn golden.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar. Scrap the bottom of the pan to release some of the stuck spices.


Tips & Tricks:  If you only have ground spices, that's fine. Skip the toasting/grinding step and use the same amount of ground spices as the whole. Leave out the sesame seeds or use whole. 

I make my own chickpeas and store in 2 cup increments. Canned chickpeas are a little less but the amount in the can will still work with the spice amounts listed above.

I'm don't overly salt my chickpeas when I first cook them, so I find that I need to add salt to these spiced chickpeas. If you are using canned, taste before adding more salt

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: Chickpeas, Spices, Apple Cider Vinegar

Nutrition:  see the information.