Spicy Fried Chili Peanuts

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by ellie_

A great tv snack or as an appetizer. For less heat use less chili powder. This can be made ahead but is best used within 12 hours of cooking. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (September 1985)

Top Review by Rita1652

Spicy! I used 2 Tablespoons chipolte powder in place of the 4 tablespoons chili powder. The oil can be cut down. I left the garlic in the nuts. Thats my favorite part. This would be a great garnish on Asian dishes. Like Pad Thai.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over very low heat. Add garlic and cook until crisp and brown, stirring occasionally (15-20 minutes). DO NOT BURN. Discard garlic.
  2. Add peanuts to skillet, increase heat to medium high and shake pan until oil is absorbed by peanuts and peanut aroma is strong (5 minutes); remove from heat.
  3. Stir in chili powder and cayenne pepper and season with salt.

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