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Roasted Chickpea Fajitas

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but healthy eating is always a goal of mine. I figure if I eat healthy most of the time and exercise daily then I can eat as many cookies as I want..ha! Just kidding-sort of:)  I did go a little cookie crazy during December, so I am trying to refocus. I am excited to share with you one of my new favorite healthy recipes-Roasted Chickpea Fajitas. I love snacking on roasted chickpeas, so I knew I would love them in fajitas.

I seasoned the chickpeas with lime juice and fajita spices and roasted them in the oven for 30 minutes. I wanted to crisp them up before adding them to the onion, peppers, and mushrooms. When the chickpeas were done roasting, I stirred them into the sizzling vegetables and added fresh cilantro. When Josh got home from work he asked what was cooking-our house smelled amazing thanks to me:) I told him chickpea fajitas. He thought I said chicken and asked if I was going to start eating meat in 2012. I said no meat for me, we are having CHICKPEA fajitas. He looked intrigued.

I set the table and put out some toppings to garnish the fajitas-diced tomatoes, avocado slices, plain Greek yogurt, and lime wedges. You can also add salsa, cheese, or sour cream. Use whatever toppings you like. We filled our flour tortillas with the roasted chickpea and vegetable mixture and added on our toppings. I waited to take a bite because I wanted to watch Josh’s reaction as he tasted the fajitas. He loved it! Honestly, I don’t know how he even tasted the fajita because he ate it so fast:) He made another one before I even had a bite of mine. Guys:)

I am so glad Josh liked my Roasted Chickpea Fajitas. They will be making a regular appearance at our dinner table. The fajitas are fresh, full of flavor, and good for you too. The roasted chickpeas add a nice crunch to the spicy vegetables. These vegetarian fajitas are one of my new favorite meals. Give them a try-I think you will like them too:)

If you are looking for more healthy recipes, check out our 50 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off 2012 post.

Roasted Chickpea Fajitas

Yield: Serves 4-6

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Onion, peppers, and mushrooms are sautéed and served with spicy roasted chickpeas to create these healthy and delicious vegetarian fajitas. Garnish with diced tomatoes, avocado slices, and a dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired.

Ingredients:

To make the Roasted Chickpeas:

2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons water
1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

For the Fajitas:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 bell peppers (any color), sliced (I used yellow, green, and orange)
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 large lime
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

For serving:
Flour tortillas
Diced tomatoes
Avocado slices
Plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani) or sour cream
Lime wedges

Directions:

1. To roast the chickpeas: preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, lime juice and water. Stir in chickpeas. Place seasoned chickpeas on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring once during cooking, until chickpeas are slightly crispy.

2. While the chickpeas are roasting, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions, garlic, peppers, and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Pour mixture over vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the roasted chickpeas and fresh cilantro.

4. Spoon roasted chickpea and vegetable mixture evenly down the centers of warm tortillas, and garnish with tomatoes, avocado slices, and Greek yogurt. Roll up tortillas, and serve immediately.

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112 Responses to “Roasted Chickpea Fajitas”

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    These are beautiful and so bright, colorful, and cheery! Perfect rainbow colored meal :)

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    Kathryn — January 4, 2012 @ 4:19 am

    These sound great, I never would have thought of using chick peas in fajitas!

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    Erica — January 4, 2012 @ 4:31 am

    Haha time for number 2? ;) what a great meat free alternativm! Wouldnt have thought to use them in mexican

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    Blog is the New Black — January 4, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    I very recently made MamaPeas’ chickpea tacos… divine!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 4, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    what a yummy way to make fajitas! they’re like the roasted fajita chickpeas i made last week but with all the fixins’…LOVE!

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    This looks so good.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 4, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    These look so yummy!!

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    Looks terrific! This is just the kind of vegetarian meal I love to serve.

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    vanillasugarblog — January 4, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    i’ve been craving so many avocados lately. love them.
    this is a very healthy dish–great idea!

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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — January 4, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Can’t wait to try this! I’m also a huge fan of roasted chickpeas and I’m sure they taste great in fajitas. Strange how I never noticed you were a vegetarian before. I’m not vegetarian but I really enjoy eating meat-free most of the time.

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    Jamie @ ThriftyVeggieMama — January 4, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Yummy! I love roasted chickpeas. And anything that includes avocado is delicious I think!

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    Bev Weidner — January 4, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    My mouuuuuuuth wants that in IT.

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    Heidi @foodiecrush — January 4, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Chickpeas are one of my favorite legumes, and I’m always tossing them into my salads so I love this new savory variation with a little olé. Did you use bell peppers or the little sweet peppers?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 10:17 am

      I used bell peppers!

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    Flavia — January 4, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I love this idea, Maria. I’m a meat eater (and so is Peter) but we are intending on making a better effort of eating much less meat this year. This looks like a delicious dinner or lunch idea. I adore chickpeas–they’re my favorite legume. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — January 4, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    I love this recipe! And I’ve been looking for some fun ways to use avocados (besides tonssss of guac :) )

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    This is the second post I’ve seen today about roasted chickpeas. Why have I not done that yet with them?! Sounds delicious :)

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    The Hungry Housewife — January 4, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Ok..that sounds absolutely amazing Maria…I love the addition of the roasted chickpeas!

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    Lauren — January 4, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Gorgeous! I’m totally with you, Maria! Never making resolutions, but choosing to eat healthy all the time. That’s how to do it!

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    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — January 4, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    I want, I want!! You were right, I LOVE this recipe & cannot wait to make it!

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    susan — January 4, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I love chickpeas prepared any way!

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    Wendys Hat — January 4, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    I love this! Fresh eating is what we do in our home and with half of us vegetarian here, this would be perfect! Thanks!

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    Mila Sky — January 4, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    This recipe looks awesome…and your pictures leave me drooling~

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 4, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    What a great idea for a healthy meal. I never thought to use roasted chickpeas that way!

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    Cassie — January 4, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    It’s all about balance for me. This is a great way to balance all the cookies that I eat. I love great meatless meals like this. When they have this much flavor, it’s much easier to talk my husband into it too!

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    Kalyn — January 4, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    They sound very tasty!

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    nat@thesweetslife — January 4, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    I have the same food mantra as you! healthy meals, exercise, and COOKIES! :)

    these sound incredible! i’ll have to try them next time we’re craving Mexican!

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — January 4, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    Nice vegetarian version of a dish that often has far too much meat in it.

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    Becky @ Project Domestication — January 4, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    This sounds like such a great recipe. I am a sucker for chickpeas. It’s my favorite bean!

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    Jeanette — January 4, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    What a great idea, roasting the chickpeas first before mixing it with all the other ingredients. Looks so good, I don’t think anyone would miss the meat.

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    CouponClippingCook — January 4, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Love how healthy this is. Roasted chickpeas are so good. The spices you used sound like a delicious combination for these fajitas.

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    DessertForTwo — January 4, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    So fun & creative! :)

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    Ann P. — January 4, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I had chicken fajitas last night, but this roasted chickpea version has got me craving another round with a twist!

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    Laura@boatoflife — January 4, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    This looks great. I always get stuck in a rut and end up cooking the same thing. Often my food tastes good but looks terrible! This is really inspirational as it look lovely and has lots of different textures. Thanks!

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 4, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    This is such a fun idea, Maria! I adore roasted chickpeas and love the thought of slipping them into fajitas or sandwich wraps.

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    angela@spinachtiger — January 4, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I eat healthy most of the time, so I don’t make food resolutions, but I do resolve to try new things. I’ve never had roasted chickpeas and now this photo makes me want to.

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    Asmita — January 4, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    What a great idea of putting it in a tortilla and adding avocado and greek yogurt. Very healthy, delicious and gourmet!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — January 4, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Wow, these fajitas look incredible. I LOVE the idea of using roasted chickpeas in fajitas! :) YUM!

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    Mimi Avocado — January 4, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Love seeing those gorgeous avocado slices on your creative fajitas!

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    Maria — January 4, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe-by the looks of the picture this is a delicious, healthy meal! I enjoyed this recipe so much that I shared with the readers of my Mexican recipes blog: http://www.mexfoodrecipes.com. Stop by and check it out! Best, Maria

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    Cara — January 4, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    This reminds me of the first time I made sweet potato and black bean burritos. My husband asked, “what’s the meat?” none. “what’s the cheese?” none. Turned out to be one of his favorite dinners ever! I know he’d love these too, as we are both chickpea fiends!

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