Pesto Chili Peanuts Recipe

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Who’d ever dream of teaming pesto with peanuts? Dennis Dahlin from Bolingbrook, Illinois did! And the result is a can’t-stop-eating-‘em snack that’s salty, savory and sure to be in “hot” demand with friends and family. Just try it and see.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 envelope pesto sauce mix
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups salted dry roasted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 236 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the pesto mix, oil, chili powder and cayenne. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag; add peanuts. Seal bag and shake to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes, stirring once. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 5 cups.
Originally published as Pesto Chili Peanuts in Simple & Delicious March/April 2007, p31

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surfside2005 User ID: 5244470 93755
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"Have made several times. They're fairly addicting."

ytsmom User ID: 817414 93753
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"These were good. A nice change from plain peanuts or snack mix"

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