Chili lime cashews are a super easy Trader Joe's knock-off. They only have 5 ingredients and cost so much less than the pre-made kind!
I am all about snacks. Between freelance work and toddler-chasing, eating actual meals sometimes just doesn't seem to happen. So having tasty, healthy snacks - like these chili lime cashews - around helps keep my blood sugar in check. That's important when you're dealing with a threenager.
More cashew recipes: Bacon Cashews, Cashew Ranch Dressing, Salt and Pepper Pasta Sauce
I got the idea for this recipe after seeing these very expensive seasoned nuts at Trader Joe's:
$4.99! There is no need for that. These homemade chili lime cashews probably cost ⅔ as much and made at least the same amount, if not a bit more. Making them is as easy as making granola. In fact, the method is the same one I use to make granola. They're roasted slow and low with periodic stirring, to make sure they cook evenly.
Roasting your cashews for an hour and a half might sound like forever, but the upside to anything oven-related is that you don't have to actively cook. Put on a movie, and just pop into the kitchen every 15 minutes to give your chili lime cashews a stir. They'll be ready before you know it!
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups raw cashews
- Preheat the oven to 250F.
- Whisk lime juice, chili powder, cayenne, and salt together.
- Toss the lime juice mixture with the cashews until they’re well coated.
- Spread the cashews into a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat, making sure to scrape out as much of the lime juice mixture as possible. Bake for 60-90 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes so that they cook evenly.
Fantastic recipe. Is it possible they got better overnight? Next we're trying your Wasabi Roasted Chickpeas. :)
These are delicious! They were a hit over the holidays. Thanks!
Hooray! I love to hear that. Thank you for coming back to rate and comment, Lucy!
How do you store these cashews?
You can keep them in an airtight container on the counter.
Have you tried this recipe in your air fryer? I'm wondering if I can get away with 320 degrees for 7 minutes, just like I've done for your airfryer roasted almonds? (I don't want to have my airfryer running for an hour)
Oh yeah, you'd definitely cut way back on the cooking time! I'd use the time and temp from my Air Fryer Bacon Cashews: https://www.glueandglitter.com/2017/02/13/air-fried-bacon-cashews-recipe/
Oh my word. These look amazing! I love the chili and lime combination with the sweet cashews. Yum!
Thank you, Christie!
Nice! I've been meaning to make Cajun Peanuts for quite some time, but these sound just as amazing!
Aimee / Wallflower Kitchen
I am munching on some raw cashews as I read this and wishing they had chili and lime on them! I might save the rest and make these :D