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Are you looking for a fun and spicy new snack? These spiced peanuts are just the thing! They have just enough heat and a bit of salt making them a perfect munchable protein packed snack. They are perfect for parties, or just because.

Wooden serving bowl mounded with chili spiced peanuts, ready to eat.

These simple spicy peanuts are super delicious. Keep some on hand for a snack, make them for movie night, game night, or make some to give as an edible gift. They are perfect no matter how you decide to enjoy them.

For some reason, I usually think of spiced pecans around the holidays. But these peanuts have flavors that help keep them relevant all year long.

They are perfect for football watching parties and poker night. They are great for road trips, backyard BBQs, and whenever you just need a savory snack, too.

Luckily, this recipe is super simple to make. It only takes 5 ingredients and about about 10 minutes to make.

So, no excuse is too small to make a batch.

Tips and Tricks

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot for up to 2 months. Do not freeze.

If you like a bit of sweetness, add a teaspoon or more of sugar to the spice mix. The mix of sweet and savory is really good.

If you like more of one spice flavor than the other, simply adjust accordingly to meet your taste preferences.

These spiced peanuts are good right after they are made, but even better after they sit overnight. Make them a day or two in advance for the best flavor.

You can use other oils besides vegetable oil, however, it’s important to note that changing oils can change the flavor outcome. A neutral flavored oil really lets the spices shine.

Substitutions and Alterations

Peanuts are super economical, so they are a great option for this snack. However, you can use the same idea to make spiced mixed nuts, or use your favorite nuts. Almonds or cashews also work great, so use whatever you prefer.

Just keep in mind that the recipe is written for salted nuts. If you are using unsalted, you should add a little salt to the recipe.

Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your liking. A little cumin would be tasty or try a bit of onion powder.

More Recipes to Try

If you like savory nuts with some spice, try buffalo ranch spiced nuts. They are perfect for game day or any day.

You may also like some parmesan ranch snack mix. It is another super savory snack that is hard to beat.

Check out my collection of savory snack mixes for even more tasty inspiration.

Wooden spoon getting a scoop of spiced peanuts with reddish spice mixture coating each nut.

Spiced Peanuts

Servings: 12 Servings (3 cups)
Author: Carlee
Are you looking for a fun and spicy new snack? These spiced peanuts are just the thing! They have just enough heat and a bit of salt making them a perfect munchable protein packed snack. They are perfect for parties, or just because.
5 from 1 rating
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 cups salted cocktail peanuts
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
    1 Tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Place the peanuts in a medium mixing bowl with the oil and a tablespoon of the seasoning mix. Stir until all the peanuts are evenly coated.
    3 cups salted cocktail peanuts, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Spread on the prepared pan and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and toss the peanuts with the remaining seasoning mix.
  • Cool completely before storing. You can eat them right away or leave them in an airtight container overnight for the best flavor results.


Serving: 1 ¼ cup servingCalories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 10gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 169mgPotassium: 301mgFiber: 4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 232IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Karen @karenskitchenstories

Friday 28th of June 2024

I love this. In fact, I'm heading to the kitchen to make thise right now!


Friday 28th of June 2024

I hope you love them!


Friday 28th of June 2024

This was easy and delicious.