Mexican Chile and Lime Peanuts

Just one taste of these spicy and addicting roasted peanuts and you’ll know why they’re so popular all over Mexico- in bars, on the streets, and in the home.   I added a little bit of sugar, which isn’t traditional, but I thought it helped balance the flavors a bit.  Next, I might try doing a candied version of these bad boys…


Mexican Chile and Lime Peanuts


* 3 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts
* juice of 1 lime, approximately 2 Tablespoons
* 1 Tablespoon sweet paprika
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons of your favorite hot chile powder (can also use cayenne)
* 1/2 teaspoon cumin
* 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar


Place the peanuts in a single layer of a large frying or saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until they become very fragrant.

Add the lime juice and stir to mix. Quickly add the paprika, salt, chile powder or cayenne, cumin and sugar and toss well to distribute the spices.

Remove to a bowl and let cool before serving.

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4 Responses to “Mexican Chile and Lime Peanuts”

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Those look so yummy! I love chili lime peanuts and now I can make them at home, that's so awesome! Thank you!


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    Lizzie in LA — July 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Made these last night, they were terrific. Plan to use the few remaining ones in hummus, should add an interesting flavor tweak. Thanks for a great idea.


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    CATE — July 25, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Awesome- so glad they worked for you Lizzie!


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    2peas — July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    great post: these are often tricky.


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