Peanuts coated in fresh lime juice, zest, ancho chile powder, roasted then salted. These Mexican chile lime peanuts will become your new, favorite snack.
What is more perfect when you’re sipping on your margarita than snacking on these easy and delicious peanuts?
I love to roast my own nuts for recipes. Whether it’s roasting almonds for homemade almond butter, or a mixed nut snack like autumn spiced nuts. I even keep roasted pecans in the fridge for a quick snack.
For this recipe, I’m going south of the border with these Mexican chile lime peanuts.
If you’re in a bar in in Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ka) or Mexico City and order a beer, you’ll be served these peanuts along with chips and salsa (of course).
For me here at home, in addition to snacking on them all day after I made them, they made a lovely crunchy topping for chicken lettuce wraps that I made for dinner.
This is a simple recipe and any number of additions can be added to the mix for different flavors. A little sugar would take them to the sweeter side, cayenne pepper for a little heat and a little garlic powder would also be good as a pop of garlic flavor. Make them your own, the possibilities are endless.
I’ve created a step-by-step recipe video so you can see them being made. Just click the play button!
- 3 cups (1 pound) shelled raw peanuts, unsalted
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons ancho chile pepper
- 2 teaspoons lime zest
- 2 teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
To a small bowl add the lime juice, chile powder, lime zest and mix.
Add the nuts to a large bowl.
Add the mix to the nuts and stir well to coat.
Spread the peanuts evenly onto a large baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with salt.
Allow to cool to room temperature and serve.