Chile-Lime Peanuts

Chile-Lime Peanuts

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

These spicy nuts were inspired by ones sold by street vendors across Mexico. If you can only find salted peanuts, omit the added salt. Add the maximum amount of cayenne pepper if you want an extra hit of spice.

Ingredients 48 servings

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  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups unsalted cocktail peanuts


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  1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°F.
  2. Whisk lime juice, chili powder, salt and cayenne in a large bowl. Add peanuts; toss to coat. Divide between 2 large rimmed baking sheets; spread in an even layer.
  3. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until dry, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Per serving: 111 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 18 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 309 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 14 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 124 mg sodium; 138 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 fat

Reviews 8

April 23, 2019
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By: Arteest
Followed the recipe except used Tabasco instead of the cayenne, but found the nuts not very "chile flavored", so I put on some garlic powder and some cumin, but that didn't improve them much. We found it to be a weird combo of flavors with the peanuts--not enough depth of flavor. I may try it with some cashews (since they are also a legume) at some point--or just use my own spiced nuts recipe.
February 11, 2018
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By: Jackstng
Delicious. Definitely have to tweak it to your taste. We went heavy on lime and used ground chipotle. Maybe try it with raw cashews next time and don't rush taking it out, bake til nice and dry.
May 29, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Awful, needs fixing First, make half a batch, 6 cups??? Cut the chili powder by about 2/3, the salt by 1/2 and add a little sugar or stevia to cut the bitterness. Pros: few Cons: About 3x too much chili powder, too much salt
December 23, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious We made these chili lime peanuts tonight and thought they were delicious. We ended up pretty much doubling the amount of lime because we could not taste it at first. We did just one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and it was the perfect amount for me.
November 02, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
very tasty!!! was quite tasty... i used only one spoon of chili powder as i wanted only a hint of spicy... no cayenne... also used 2 limes... otherwise quite nice flavor... plain almonds can be boring... i had a bag i bought on sale and wanted it to have some flavor... i personally think that 6 spoons of chili would have been inedible to my taste... if you want a lil kick, use only 1 spoon...
December 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Plenty hot enough! Needed a recipe with little salt so put in the minimum. Tasty, and the 'heat' grows on you. Will be passing on the recipe. Thanks!
November 17, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Mimics store brought tastes home mde I have been making my own seasoned nuts for several years and have been waiting for a chili lime version, this one did it for me! Yummy! Added a bit more lime for my taste and mixed chili powders to include ancho chili for a depth of flavor. Pros: Less salt and less oils than purchased varities, super easy Cons: - can't describe anything bad
May 13, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Not Much Flavor I made these for my husband, who loves store-bought chile lime nuts. We were both surprised that they do not really taste like anything, even with the max amount of Cayenne. We don't like to waste food, so we will eat them. However, we won't be making them again.
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