At home or at Campo, the restaurant he oversees at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, chef Jonathan Perno likes to welcome guests with spiced New Mexican pecans. You won't see this in most spiced-nut recipes, but Perno blanches them to reduce some of the bitter tannins in the skin that can sometimes overwhelm the pecans' delicate flavor.

EatingWell Magazine, November 2020


Recipe Summary

10 mins
45 mins

Nutrition Profile:



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.

  • Combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, dry mustard, salt, cardamom, cayenne and cloves in a medium bowl.

  • Add pecans to the boiling water and cook just until the water returns to a boil. Drain, shaking off as much excess water as possible. Transfer the pecans to the bowl and toss with the spices until well coated. Spread in an even layer on the prepared pan.

  • Bake the pecans, stirring occasionally, until toasted and fragrant, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Store airtight at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup
167 calories; fat 15g; sodium 150mg; carbohydrates 8g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 2g; sugars 5g; niacin equivalents 0.3mg; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 26IU.