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Chili Spiced Almond Recipe and More Quick and Easy Snacks

by Jeanette on November 24, 2010 · 4 Comments
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Chili Spiced Almonds, a quick and easy last minute snack

If you’re looking for a last minute snack or appetizer recipe for Thanksgiving, here are a few quick and easy ideas, including a recipe for Chili Spiced Almonds.

All of these snacks and appetizers are super quick and easy to make:

Chili Spiced Almonds

Adapted from the Almond Board of California. The original recipe uses toasted almonds.  However, I have included modifications to the recipe in case you have raw almonds on hand. Look in your spice collection and play around with the spices.  Cumin or garam masala would be a nice substitute for curry powder.
Printable Recipe

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil or almond oil
2 cups toasted whole almonds or raw almonds
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon ground red pepper, or to taste

If you are using toasted whole almonds:
Combine chili powder, curry powder, garlic powder and oil in a medium size skillet over medium heat.   Heat until hot and bubbly. Stir in almonds and toss until almonds are evenly coated and heated through, 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Stir in pepper sauce and red pepper.

If you are using raw almonds:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine chili powder, curry powder, garlic powder and oil in a medium size bowl.  Add raw almonds and toss well, coating all the almonds.  Spread almonds in a single layer on a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Roast 10-15 minutes until inside of almond is tan.  Do not over bake as almonds burn easily. Almonds will continue to cook after removed from the oven.  Cool before serving.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
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  1. oh what a great idea for almonds!

    Oh and to answer your question – dhana-jira powder is 2 parts coriander to 1 part cumin…so it had a lot of full, earthy flavors…if that helps at all! I highly recommend it! :)

  2. Yum, coriander and cumin are two of my favorite spices, never knew there was a combination of the two called dhana-jira. Would be great on these roasted almonds.

  3. LOVE the chili spiced almonds! I'm a big fan of flavored nuts – and I love finding creative spices to put on them! :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks! I love trying different spice combinations. Roasted nuts are a great way to experiment with spices.

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