By now, you’ve all tried roasted chickpeas. If you haven’t, you should. They’re crunchy, tasty, and totally satisfy snack cravings. After making many, many batches of roasted chickpeas, I started to wonder if other types of beans would also taste good roasted. Guess what? They do. First up? Roasted kidney beans.

Do you like roasted chickpeas? Then you'll love these roasted kidney beans. Addictive and delicious!

Roasting beans doesn’t have to be limited to garbanzo beans.

Kidney beans came to mind as a good bean to try roasting, because they’re pretty firm straight out the can. 

The recipe is pretty much the same as this roasted chickpeas recipe. However, the roasted kidney beans have a few different spices and at the end of the roasting process, the beans are dusted with sugar and roasted for about 10 more minutes.

Adding the sugar just at the end helps prevent the sugar from burning.

It also gives them just a hint of sweetness – complementing the crunchy, savory, and slightly spicy flavor of the beans.

Roasted kidney beans. Kind of like roasted chickpeas, but better? You decide! Repin to save.

I think I like these as much – if not more – than roasted chickpeas.

If you’re interested in learning more about roasting other kinds of beans, check this out: The complete guide to roasting beans.

Roasted Kidney Beans: The Ingredients

Ingredients for roasted kidney beans: So simple! Click through for recipe.

All you need to make roasted kidney beans are:

  • Canned kidney beans
  • Olive oil
  • Brown sugar
  • Spices (garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper)

What Do Roasted Kidney Beans Taste Like?

After roasting kidney beans for about 45 minutes, they became super crunchy and start splitting apart. Once they’re completely dried out and ready to eat, they pretty much melt in your mouth – as weird as that sounds.

Plus, the mixture of sweet brown sugar mixed, smoky paprika, and cayenne pepper was just perfect. (You can use this sweet and spicy meat rub or follow the recipe below).

But I imagine pretty much any spice blend will work here.

I know we’re all looking for more healthy snack recipes.

Add this recipe to your snack repertoire. I think you’re going to love it!

How to make roasted kidney beans: Click through for recipe!

How Long Do Kidney Beans Take To Cook In The Oven?

Have you ever had made roasted chickpeas, but failed to bake them long enough? The result is a roasted chickpea with a crunchy exterior – and a mushy interior. Yuck.

The same thing can happen with roasted kidney beans. If you don’t roast them long enough, they will be mushy inside.

But if you roast them too long, they could burn.

The key? Watch them closely while baking.

The first bake lasts for 35 minutes. Then oil and spices are added and you bake for an additional 10 minutes – or possibly more, if the beans are still mushy on the inside. So these beans will need to be roasted for about 45 minutes total, but you must watch them carefully, as oven temps may not be consistent from one kitchen to another.

To test, carefully taste a bean. But be careful – they’re hot!

If it’s completely crunchy with no mush, you’re ready to go. If they’re still a little soft on the inside, continue baking for a minute or two at a time, watching carefully so they don’t burn.

Roasted kidney beans: If you like roasted chickpeas, try this version of roasted beans!

The Cost

With a can of kidney beans costing less than $1.00, this is an extremely cheap snack recipe.

The other ingredients are probably ones you have in your pantry: Olive oil, brown sugar, and some basic spices.

All in all, this entire recipe costs less than $1.50.

Roasted kidney bean and chickpea trail mix. A nut-free trail mix that tastes great - maybe even better than traditional trail mix!

Make A Trail Mix Out Of Roasted Kidney Beans & Chickpeas

Looking for a totally unique take on trail mix?

Instead of nuts, this trail mix recipe incorporates roasted kidney and chickpeas, plus other good stuff like dark chocolate chips, pepitas, and dried cranberries. Make a batch for your next road trip or outdoor adventure.

Get the recipe: Roasted kidney bean and chickpea trail mix

A DIFFERENT Trail mix: Made with roasted kidney beans and chickpea. A nut-free recipe.

Can You Roast Other Kinds Of Beans?

If you like roasted kidney beans, why stop there? Virtually any kind of bean can be roasted and turned into a crunchy snack.

Check out the complete guide to making roasted beans:

Learn how to make a variety of different kinds of roasted beans: These are crunchy, delicious, and extremely addictive!

Roasted Kidney Beans Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

One can of kidney beans costs right around $1. If you want to make this already cheap recipe even cheaper, prepare your own dried kidney beans and use those instead.


  • 1 16-ounce can kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Drain and rinse kidney beans. Place on a paper towel to remove as much excess moisture as possible.
  2. Mix brown sugar and spices together. Set aside.
  3. Toss kidney beans with one tablespoon of olive oil. Place on a large baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes.
  4. Remove baking sheet from oven. Place hot kidney beans in a large mixing bowl. Pour in one tablespoon of olive oil. Shake the brown sugar/spice mixture over the kidney beans. Toss to evenly coat. Return kidney beans to baking sheet and bake for an additional 10 minutes or so, or until beans are completely dried out and crunchy.

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