Chipotle-Lime Mixed Nuts

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Mixed roasted nuts with a chipotle lime and brown sugar glaze.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

We were eating some store-bought chili-lime nuts the other day and it occurred to us that it should be easy enough to make them at home. But how to get the spices to adhere to the nuts?

Egg whites. Nature’s food glue.

What sort of nuts to use? Any nuts you like. We used almonds, pecans and cashews for this batch.

As for the spices, we used chipotle powder for its smokey spiciness. You could easily use regular chili powder, cayenne, Chinese Five Spice, or Garam Masala. Just remember you’ll want something sweet, something spicy, salt, something zesty, and a touch of acidity.

Chipotle-Lime Mixed Nuts Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups


  • 4 cups mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • Grated zest of 2 limes
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder (can sub chili powder, cayenne, Chinese five spice, Garam Masala, etc.)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice


1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 "Muddle" the grated lime zest with the salt in a large bowl by mashing it around with the back of a wooden spoon. The salt and zest should intermingle into a paste. Add the brown sugar and chipotle powder and mix well.

3 Whisk in the egg whites. Add the nuts and mix to combine, until all of the nuts are well coated.

4 Place the nuts in a layer on a cookie sheet that has been lined with either parchment paper, foil, or Silpat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle lime juice over all the nuts and return to the oven for 2 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.

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Chipotle Lime Mixed Nuts

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  • Penny

    These are yummy but a bit sticky- is this right?
    I did allow to cool for several hours

  • Jules

    Just made these last night with cayenne and Chinese five spice. YUM!

  • Sandra Bianco

    These sound delicious and good for gifting. Since they’re made with egg white though, how long do they keep? Do they need to be refrigerated?
    I bet these would be a knockout gift for my friends here in town, but I also have gifts to send across the country. I was wondering if they’d make the trip?? Thanks for your help…best to you!

    Great question. I assume they would make the trip fine as long as they are kept dry. They don’t need to be refrigerated. ~Elise

  • Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    I think nuts will be my downfall!! I am soooo addicted to them in any shape or form but especially sweetened and spiced. My favorite now is a recipe from David Lebovitz’ new cookbook for candied pecans. But this recipe looks scrumptious. Gotta get some limes and try it! Thanks!

  • jen r

    I use liquid honey to get the spices to stick (egg allergy). Works well and offers up the “something sweet” too so you can cut out the sugar (unless you want them really sweet of course!).

    Great idea, thank you Jen! ~Elise

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