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All Recipes, Tapas / March 29, 2024

Got Canned Chickpeas? Make these Spanish-Style Chickpea Fritters

These Spanish-Style Chickpea Fritters, known as Tortillitas de Garbanzos, have a light crispy texture on the outside with an incredible depth of flavors in the inside, they’re made with basic pantry staples and all done in under 30 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a main course. Next to some roasted potatoes and a garden salad.

Chickpea Fritters
To make these fritters, I used canned chickpeas. Which most of us almost always have on hand. You can also use dried chickpeas if you like. Just soak them in plenty of water overnight and then simmer the following day for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.

Chickpea Fritters
I served the fritters next to a very simple yet delicious aioli. Which truly takes this dish to the next-level. I used a mortar & pestle to make the aioli. But you can also use a food processor, hand blender or even a nutribullet.

Chickpea Fritters

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can make the batter ahead of time and add it to the fridge or freezer. It will hold for up to 3 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. If you see your batter is too thick, just add in some more liquid.

Chickpea Fritters

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make these Spanish-Style Chickpea Fritters

Spanish-Style Chickpea Fritters

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 318 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup beer 120 ml
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1.50 grams
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 15.5 oz / 440 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper


  1. Add the flour into a large bowl, make a well in the middle, crack in the egg and whisk the egg, then add in the beer and whisk everything together until you a creamy batter

  2. Add in the shallot finely chopped, finely grate in the garlic, add in the chopped parsley, sweet smoked Spanish paprika, ground cumin and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed

  3. Drain the can of chickpeas into a colander and rinse under water, then shake off any excess water, transfer the chickpeas into a bowl and using a potato masher or large fork, mash down on the chickpeas until they're semi-mashed

  4. Add the mashed chickpeas into the bowl with batter and mix together

  5. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  6. After a couple of minutes start adding in spoonfuls of the batter, all in a single layer and evenly spaced out, cook in batches, fry for 3 minutes per side or until golden fried, transfer into a dish with paper towels as you finish

  7. To make the aioli, add in the cloves garlic roughly chopped into a mortar, along with the saffron and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the ingredients until you get a paste-like texture, then add in the mayonnaise, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and season with a kiss of sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until you get a creamy sauce

  8. Transfer the aioli into a serving dish and decorate the fritters around it, serve warm or at room temperature, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Golden Saffron I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Spanish-Style Chickpea Fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 265mg12%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 383IU8%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Fran

    Can I use whole fat mayo?

    04 . Apr . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      06 . Apr . 2024
  2. D. Frazer

    Can you use almond or rice flour instead of wheat flour on the Chickpea Fritters?

    29 . Mar . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Just use the same amount 🙂 Much love

      29 . Mar . 2024

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