Chile-Lime Peanuts


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.

Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 cups


  • 6 tablespoons lime juice

  • 6 tablespoons chili powder

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 6 cups unsalted cocktail peanuts


  1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250 degrees 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 Facts (per serving)

111 Calories
9g Fat
5g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Calories 111
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 9%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Vitamin A 309IU 6%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 18mcg 5%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 138mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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