Crunchy Chili and Brown Sugar Pecans

Unlike most sweetened pecans, the sugar in these is brown which results in a nut that is wonderfully crunchy. Pair these with well fruited white wines like a New Zealand or Australian Sauvignon Blanc or Alsatian whites.

Include these on a cheese plate with thinly sliced cured meats, berries and mixed green and black olives. For a savory addition, sprinkle on caramelized or grilled onions or toss into salads with mixed greens and leftover grilled pork or chicken. For a sweet addition, mix into vanilla, coffee or chocolate ice cream. For true decadence, drizzle with caramel sauce laced with rum.

This is a great vehicle for experimenting with different chili powders

Crunchy Chili and Brown Sugar Pecans
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Serves: 4 cups
  • 4 cups raw pecan halves
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the pecans and butter in a large bowl and toss until the nuts are well coated.
  3. Add the chili powder and brown sugar and toss again.
  4. Transfer to the prepared sheet and arrange in a single layer.
  5. Place in the oven and bake until the nuts are lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
  6. Immediately loosen the nuts with a spatula and set aside to cool.