Savory Spiced Mixed Nuts

Spiced mixed nuts on plates with appetizers.
Diana Rattray
Ratings (11)
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 Cups (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
220 Calories
21g Fat
6g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 Cups (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 220
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Nut snacks are essential for parties, and this savory blend of spiced mixed nuts will be a hit with all of your guests. The recipe is straightforward, using some basic spices you probably already have in your pantry. Feel free to add extra cayenne or chili powder, or add a bit more garlic salt or garlic powder if you enjoy more garlic flavor.

Whether for movie night or the game day kickoff, this snack is a must. For a larger crowd or party, scale the recipe up as much as necessary. It's also the perfect snack to take along to an office event or potluck. You can't go wrong with this one!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pecans (halves)
  • 1 cup almonds (whole)
  • 1 cup peanuts (dry-roasted unsalted) 
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for spiced savory mixed nuts.
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  2. Preheat the oven to 300 F. Put the butter in a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan or similar-sized rimmed sheet pan. Place the pan in the oven to melt the butter.

  3. Remove the pan with the melted butter from the oven; add the pecans, almonds, peanuts, and Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Gently stir and flip the nuts until they are well coated with the butter and sauce mixture.

    Mixed nuts on a baking sheet.
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  4. Place the pan in the oven and bake the nut mixture for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, or until the nuts are toasted.

  5. Remove the nuts from the oven and sprinkle the mixture evenly with chili powder, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper. Toss until the nuts are coated and thoroughly mixed. Taste the nuts and add extra salt, chili powder, or cayenne, if you like.

    Spiced mixed nuts from the oven.
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  6. Transfer the warm nuts to a bowl and serve immediately, or let them cool and store them at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to serve.

    Mixed nuts with other finger foods.
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  7. Enjoy these spiced nuts as a snacky or scale the recipe up for a party.

Tips

  • When buying nuts, always look for the expiration date to make sure they are very fresh. A batch of rancid nuts will ruin any dish.
  • Many spices have a shelf life of up to 2 to 3 years, and most have a "best by" date stamped on the jar. Spices past their expiration date won't make you sick, but they might be less potent. Check the dates on your spices from time to time.
  • Store spices in a cool dark place, and take care to keep moisture from entering the jars.

Recipe Variations

  • Peanuts are slightly higher in carbs than many other kinds of nuts and might not be a good choice for a household or guests with peanut allergies. Feel free to replace the peanuts with other tree nuts, such as hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, or walnuts.
  • If you only have garlic powder, use 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and a scant 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • For more robust flavor, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.