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Southern Living’s Spicy Pistachios

Spicy Pistachios

Since Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, I thought I’d put this recipe up to share with you since it would be a perfect one to serve your friends while watching the game and drinking a nice cold beverage.  I love pistachios, even more so with the shell still on.  I don’t mind the work.  These spicy pistachios have such a nice kick to them from the chipotle, but with a hint of of cinnamon lingering in the background.  It’s really a great flavor combination.  They are a little different from your traditional bowl of mixed nuts and are great to have around when you’re feeling snacky.

Spicy Pistachios

What’s fun (or not fun?) about pistachios is that it keeps you busy while watching the game or even a movie on movie night. Because they are so labor intensive as far as snacking goes, it’s harder to over do it, and really since they are nuts they are a pretty healthy snack option in my opinion!

Try ’em, you’ll like ’em.

Spicy Pistachios

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Southern Living's Spicy Pistachios


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups shelled dry-roasted pistachios (about 8 cups unshelled)


  1. In large mixing bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients, add pistachios, tossing to coat. Arrange pistachios in a single layer on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe from Southern Living magazine.

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More spiced nuts to snack on:

Gingerbread Spiced Nuts

Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts from The Lemon Bowl

Roasted Almonds with Smoked Paprika and Rosemary from Cookin’ Canuck

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33 comments on “Southern Living’s Spicy Pistachios”

  1. You have the best super bowl recipes. I’m coming over for the game 🙂 And how awesome is Southern Living and all of their fabulous recipes? Both Mandi & I subscribe. I love a good kick to any of my dishes and these sound super tasty

  2. Pistachios are usually the one nut I leave out of mixes or shy away from when making spicy/sweet batches of a single nut because all that shelling … makes my fingers hurt just thinking about it. Obviously you can buy shelled pistachios, but I don’t like those as much for some reason. Never would’ve thought to mix them up with the shell still on. It’s genius! Plus, I think shelling the pistachios as you go along is half of the fun of snacking. Helps me keep track of how many I’ve eaten!

    Cheers and thanks for sharing,


  3. I LOVE pistachios! I’ll be trying this one – they look delicious!

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  5. these sound and look fantastic. Interesting ingredient combination. I also love your photos.

  6. I would definitely love these Aggie!!!

  7. I love that these have a kick!

  8. My husband and son will LOVE these! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing….

  9. these look delicious, i always just have them salted but this looks great.

  10. What a fantastic way to dress up one of my favorite nuts. I am definitely making these for the Superbowl!

  11. Oh man these look good. I love pistachios!

  12. I love the combination of flavors- can’t wait to try this recipe!

  13. What a great idea! Instead of the usual peanuts or spiced pecans, a spiced pistachio. Why didn’t I think of that??

  14. I love love love pistachios, shelled or not. When I was a kid I always remember my Dad having red stained finger from his red pistachios.

  15. Aggie, thanks again for linking to Saturday Swap!!! This sounds awesome…..

  16. Aggie, such a fun way to serve up pistachios! We love pistachios & must try these with a spicy kick 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  17. Hmmm, and here I was, wondering what to do with that bag of pistachios that I meant to make cookies with but never got around to… 😉

    Looks awesome!

  18. These sound great! Perfect for superbowl!

  19. That’s an interesting way to use pistachios instead of eating it as it is. How creative!

  20. Spicy nuts are such a treat and so easy to prepare. These look mighty perfect.

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  22. Now this is a great recipe! I am bookmarking. Superbowl or not, I will make these for sure.

  23. I think I’ve had every other kind of spiced nut imaginable, EXCEPT pistachios. And I love pistachios. These sound wonderful, especially with that Worcestershire sauce!

  24. I never imagined eating pistachios that way–brilliant! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. Oh Aggie, I could eat a pound of these tasty nut treats. I bet they are some spicy too with the chipotle chile!

  26. YUM. huge towels for each person’s lap!!

  27. Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts. I love shelling them. What a different way to spice them up. Perfect for game day!

  28. Aggie, I want to pass on a Stylish Blogger Award to you.
    Come over to my blog to pick it up. Don’t feel obligated to accept it. I just want you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog.

  29. I’m making these right this very moment! I’ve been eying these for a couple of weeks now and can’t wait to try them. I just LOVE pistachios.

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  32. These spicy little treats are making great Christmas gifts for neighbors, friends and clients. I’m packing them in paper cones made from Christmas wrap with curly ribbon to tie them up! They are festive and yummy and everyone likes them! Thanks for the recipe.