Sweet and Spicy Pecans

"This recipe was given to me years ago by a good friend. They are so quick to make and while there are similar recipes out there, the vinegar gives it a special tang that makes them unique and has everyone begging for the recipe."
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  • Preheat oven to 375°F Melt the butter over medium high heat in a large skillet.
  • Add the pecans and saute until toasted and brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar and cook, stirring very frequently, until caramelized.
  • Stir in the paprika, chili powder and ground cumin.
  • Stir to distribute evenly.
  • Add the vinegar and cook until all the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Spread the pecans on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in an oven until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  • They will crisp up once as they cool.

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  1. If I had suggested, "Let's make a dish with pecans, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, cumin and VINEGAR." Then I promised that it would come out superb. Would you have believed me? Well let me tell you these were fabulous.
  2. These nuts are awesome. I forgot to add the salt and they were still really good. They were tangy and spicy but not too spicy (which suprised me.) A definite make-again recipe.
  3. Made these a couple of times now, and I must say that they are DELICIOUS! I used a hugarian paprika that we get from a local goulash restaurant, and baked the pecans at 350' for five minutes instead of 375' (this was because the other recipe I was making called for a 350' oven) Cooking them slightly lower seems to have yeilded a nice pecan-caramalized, spicy, sweet, and just a little tender even after cooling. Last night I made these in a craving, but discovered part way through that I had only half of the cider vinegar needed. It was suggested that I use some of the cheap sake we had around the house, and so I did. Turned out good, but definitely is better with full cider. Thanks for posting! ~~Luna
  4. I can't believe I forgot to rate these. They are great! and addictive. I make these for me instead of popcorn on movie night. My son thought they were good and my husband thought they were a bit strong but I love them! I add the leftovers (on the few times there were leftovers) to salads.
  5. These were very good. I didn't have any cider vinegar and used balsamic instead.


  1. These were very good. I didn't have any cider vinegar and used balsamic instead.


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