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How to Make Inexpensive yet Insanely Spicy Peanuts at Home!

Updated on August 10, 2014

Quick, Easy, and Crazy Spicy Peanuts!

This recipe was actually the result of a beach vacation. A town near this beach happened to host a variety of shops, one of which being a store specializing in peanuts - and one of their advertised peanut varieties was of the incredibly spicy sort. What caught my eye was that a 4oz container of their hotter-than-habanero peanuts was priced at an astounding $10. I thought to myself that I must be able to create an excellent spicy peanut recipe for a fraction of the cost (as, at this point, I had already had some success with my salsa and hot sauce recipes) - and indeed I've done it! This recipe is for 12oz of spicy peanuts and should cost less than $5 per batch. This is also a big favorite of mine because the recipe really is so quick and easy, and everyone loves the results!

Crazy hot!


  • -- Part One --
  • 12 oz peanuts (lightly salted)
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp 1M+ SHU (Scoville Heat Unit) hot sauce (optional, but recommended)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp habanero powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • -- Part Two --
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp habanero powder
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat while preparing the seasonings on the side. Once up to heat, stir in the peanuts along with the Part One ingredients (you may also add a bit of ghost pepper powder at this stage if you desire extra heat). Cook, while stirring, for just about four minutes until all peanuts are warm and decently coated with seasonings. Can you tell that these are going to be SUPER spicy, yet?
  2. Transfer the peanuts from the pan to a large bowl with a few connected strips of paper towels in it. Use this to lightly take some of the oil away from the peanuts, and then remove the paper towels.
  3. Finally, sprinkle in the Part Two ingredients and stir/toss within the bowl until evenly coated. It might be a good idea to try to strain out some of the excess spices, if possible, before relocating the peanuts to their long-term storage container. Allow the peanuts to cool before sealing or eating.
  4. Note: the air might get a little spicy while cooking, but it wont destroy your soul like with my hot sauce recipe.
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Cat in a Pillow Fort

Flurries, my cat, is obviously hiding from the insanity of these peanuts.

Helpful Products

Money-saving bulk spice solutions for the pepper enthusiast.

Pure Habanero Chile Powder, 16 Oz
Pure Habanero Chile Powder, 16 Oz

This habanero powder really is fresh and delicious... and SPICY! The powder comes packaged in a nice container, though you'll probably need to fill a smaller spice bottle to use this in the interim, as the large jar itself can be dangerous to use (not that it will pour too fast, necessarily, but just that the immense amount of habanero powder tends to get in the air and mess with the senses).

Colorado Spice Cayenne Pepper, Ground, 22-Ounce Jar
Colorado Spice Cayenne Pepper, Ground, 22-Ounce Jar

If you're like me, you go through a LOT of cayenne pepper because you use it on EVERYTHING (yes, everything. Nothing gets excluded here). Obviously, it's not cost-conscious to continually buy small bottles of cayenne pepper at the grocery store. I believe this to be an even better deal than the bulk option offered at Costco, in fact. A jar of this size usually lasts me a half year or so - give it a try! It's not the spiciest of the cayenne pepper powders I've tried, but it certainly is delicious. And again, as with the habanero powder, it would be beneficial to refill a smaller spice shaker for using this on a daily basis.


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      Travis Lockhart 3 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: :)

      I totally agree! I brought them to the office one year as holiday gifts in small 1oz jars (though that was too much for the people who weren't into spicy foods, and much too little for those who loved them)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I guess "cool!" isn't quite an appropriate comment for this topic! But what a great idea to make your own. Hot, spicy peanuts would make a wonderful gift!

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      Travis Lockhart 3 years ago

      I have another peanut recipe for oven-baked, crunchier peanuts with a somewhat less spicy result but a strong limey flavor. It takes a bit longer to make, of course, but still isn't too much of a hassle. Is anyone interested in this?