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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250 degrees F.

  • 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.

  • 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

111 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 4.6g; dietary fiber 1.9g; sugars 1g; fat 9.2g; saturated fat 1.4g; vitamin a iu 309IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; folate 18.2mcg; calcium 14.2mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 34.2mg; potassium 138mg; sodium 123.5mg.

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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 1 stars
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. Read More