Spicy Mexican Peanuts (Botana de Cacahuates)

Spicy Mexican Peanuts, aka Botana de Cacahuates, are a Oaxacan pan roasted peanut snack with garlic and piquin chile seasoning.
Spicy Mexican Peanuts (Botana de Cacahuates)

Spicy Mexican Peanuts

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Spicy Mexican Peanuts is my recipe of the day. I  found  the  inspiration  for  this  in  a Oaxacan  cookbook by Zarela Martinez. The recipe  ingredients and  cooking methos are altered slightly to  suit my version.

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Spicy Mexican Peanuts (Botana de Cacahuates)

The seasoning on  these  pan  roasted  peanuts is perfect for the garlic and spicy foods enthusiast. However, while spicy, I don’t find  it to  be any more spicy than  the  bbq  peanuts you can buy at gas stations in the United States. Feel free to  up the heat if you wish.

As well, if you  like less spicy,  dial  it  down by using normal  chili powder  or  just omit altogether.

The garlic is perfect for me,  being taste forward.  I  use the dried sliced  garlic  chips. And by  that, I mean crispy  garlic cloves. NOT garlic flavored potato chips. They are available at stores and online.

But- if you have ever  found yourself saying “this has too much garlic”, this might  not be the recipe for you. It will definitely drive off vampires. If afterwards, you find the  garlic too much, just pick some out.

I’m not sure if  you can  substitute with a lot more of the dried minced garlic from  the spice aisle. Be careful if you attempt that. I’ll leave a  link to the type I  used. But you should be able to find these  for much less. You can click that to just view without obligation  to buy.

Spicy Mexican Peanuts

Spicy Mexican Peanuts (Botana de Cacahuates)

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Mexican Spicy Peanuts (Botana de Cacahuates)

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5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16
Calories 202 kcal


  • 1 pound raw skin-on Spanish peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup dried garlic flakes or chips
  • 1 teaspoon ground piquin chiles Piquin Molida
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro


  • Heat a large skillet or wok with oil and add peanuts.
  • Cook, stirring almost constantly, for about ten minutes, or until peanuts have browned and taste cooked, being careful not to burn.
  • Stir in garlic flakes, piquin chile powder, pepper flakes, salt and cilantro.
  • Cook about five minutes more, until garlic flakes take on some color.
  • Cool completely then store at room temperature in an airtight container.
  • Served warmed or at room temperature.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Inspired by a recipe from Zarela Martinez, in her book "The Food and Life of Oaxaca"
Makes 4 cups


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 9gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 304mgPotassium: 302mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Oaxacan recipes, Peanut recipes, Snack recipes
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