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Easy Traditional Spicy Pecans Recipe

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I absolutely love pecans and this easy traditional spicy pecans recipe is definitely one of the best. It’s so easy and fast–and you get a great party snack ready in minutes! Make certain to check out my other Dessert recipes.

Although, if you’re making these Copycat Trader Joe’s spicy pecans as a snack for your holiday get together, you probably want more awesome recipes for a crowd.

Spicy Pecans

I have a treat for you–or more like 50+ traditional holiday treats you have to check out!

But back to these deliciously drool-worthy pecans. I mean, if you’re into nuts, these are the bees-knees. You get that soft/crunchy vibe with a spice that’s really uniquely fun. And, bonus, you can have it done in minutes.

How to Make This Spicy Pecans Recipe

There are a lot of options for making spiced pecans. Honestly, these are one of the most versatile nuts ever–probably part of why they’re one of my favorite snacks. And in less than 30 minutes, you can have the best party snack ever–no matter what spices you have in the cabinet.

Seriously, although this recipe calls for sriracha and Worcestershire sauce, you can use anything from orange peel, brown sugar, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, chili powder or any other spice mixture. For real, these nuts can take anything (even spicy cayenne pepper) and make a great recipe.

But, this particular spicy pecan recipe is one of the best.

You’re just going to clean your pecan halves and put them in a small bowl and set aside. Add the butter to a small microwave safe bowl and melt it. Then mix in your sriracha, and all the other spices. Once that’s done, just pour it over the pecans and stir until the mixture coats the nuts completely.

Then you preheat the oven to 300 decrees, spread the nuts on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and cook, stirring between the baking cycle.

Cool completely before transferring to a serving bowl and YUM!

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Make it a Meal:

Main Dish and Starch Side: Hearty Baked Chicken and Pasta

Vegetable Side: Asparagus Soup

Refreshing Drink: Cranberry Kiss Mocktail

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Best Pecan Recipes:

Once you make this Spicy Pecans Recipe, you’re going to see just how awesome pecans are, and so versatile! Seriously, you’re going to need more–especially if you’re planning a party or get together of any kind. So, good news for you, I’ve pulled together some of the best pecan recipes you’ll find anywhere!

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What can I put spicy pecans on top of?

Spicy pecans provide a delicious kick of flavor to any dish. Add some excitement to your salads by sprinkling them over a bed of fresh greens.

Roasted sweet potatoes get an extra boost from spicy pecans – try roasting them together for an unforgettable side dish.

You can even mix them into breakfast dishes for a unique twist on classic flavors; top your French toast or scrambled eggs with a handful of spicy pecans for an unexpected burst of flavor.

For an indulgent treat, use spicy pecans to finish off your favorite ice cream sundae. With so many options available, the possibilities are nearly endless!

What is the benefit of eating pecans?

Pecans are an incredibly nutritious and delicious addition to any meal. Not only are they packed with vitamins and minerals, but they have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in the body as well.

Eating pecans can also help you feel fuller for longer, keeping you from overeating, due to their high protein and fiber content.

Additionally, research suggests that pecans may have anti-inflammatory properties and healthy fats.

With so many wonderful health benefits, it’s no surprise why eating pecans should be part of your regular diet.

Where can I buy fresh pecans?

Fresh pecans are a delicious and nutritious treat, perfect for snacking and baking alike. If you want to buy some of your own, you have plenty of options.

Farmers’ markets often offer freshly harvested pecans right around harvest season between October through December.

Additionally, many stores and specialty shops also offer packages of high-quality pecans year-round.

Typically these will be organically grown nuts that will have a robust flavor and crunchy texture.

When shopping around, don’t forget to ask the vendor questions about where they source their product, so that you know you’re getting the best.

How do I keep pecans fresh?

Storing pecans correctly is key to ensuring long-term freshness. Place unused or shelled pecans in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

For long-term storage, keeping them stored in the freezer is best since it will preserve the nut’s moisture content and prevent them from spoiling.

Keeping them securely stored keeps them fresh while helping to lock in flavor and crunchiness which are the hallmark of a great-tasting pecan!

When should I make spicy pecans? 

Follow the recipe card and make them anytime that you want. They’re super good for the holiday season and better than anything that you’ll find at the grocery store. This spiced nut pairs well with tons of foods, or makes a great snack as well. 

You can add some maple syrup for sweetness of these spicy candied pecans and have them on a charcuterie board for an easy recipe with simple ingredients. The warm spice is nicem but can be made spicy or sweet easily enough.

You can whip up a double batch as a simple holiday gift, or for your own personal consumption. These tasty pecans prove that new recipes like this are the best! Make this easy candied pecan recipe for football games, as a sweet or spicy snack, or for any time of the year.

They’re my favorite nuts to enjoy and are a family favorite! They also make a great hostess gift with amazing flavor, too. You’ll want to make a big batch the next time the craving hits! 

More Spicy Recipes:

Oh, you’re just here for the spice? I don’t blame you. I love a good spicy snack. And, just for you, I’ve pulled together some of the best spicy snacks you’re definitely going to love.

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Spicy Pecan Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

This traditional southern spicy pecan recipe is so easy--it's one of my favorite winter snacks!


  • 2 1⁄2 cups whole pecans
  • 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between.
  3. Add in sriracha sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt and garlic powder.
  4. Stir until everything is dissolved.
  5. Pour this mixture over the pecans and stir until they're well coated.
  6. Spread the pecans in an even layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 6 minutes, then stir the pecans. Bake for an additional 6 minutes.
  8. Remove the pecans from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 491mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g

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