Chili Spiced Mixed Nuts

Chili Spiced Mixed Nuts

These chili spiced mixed nuts are addictive. Once you start snacking on them you keep going back to the jar. The comment from my taster was “you didn’t make enough.” This recipe highlights one of my favorite spices — smoked paprika. Blended with cumin and cayenne pepper, the smoked paprika gives the rich and spicy traditional chili flavor to these crispy, crunchy nuts. They are hard to resist.

The recipe is for three cups of nuts. I used equal parts of walnuts, pecans and almonds (mostly because that’s what I had in the pantry). The walnuts and pecans work really well because they have lots of nooks and crannies to hold the honey and spices. I think cashews could easily substitute for the almonds and would be great with the chili spices. And I would recommend doubling the recipe. These chili spiced mixed nuts disappear quickly.

Chili Spiced Mixed Nuts

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on how hot you like it
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups mixed nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients except nuts in a large bowl and stir until well mixed. Add nuts and toss until well combined.
  3. Pour onto rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake 15 - 20 minutes until fragrant and just lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
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Comments

  1. says

    Great idea to use coconut oil here – I have two large jars of the Ziggy Marley Organic brand and need to do something with those. this would be perfect!

    • says

      Thanks for the comment. Melted refers to the coconut oil on the first line. (I’m not sure why this is showing up on a different line on some browsers – I am working on fixing this.) Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  2. meghan says

    Have you made this without the honey? Does it serve a purpose in make the seasoning stick or just give it a little sweetness?

    • says

      The honey adds a little sweetness to balance the spice. Although I haven’t tried this recipe without honey, I think it would probably work without it if you’re trying to avoid sweeteners.

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