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Zesty Chili Lime Cashews

These roasted zesty chili lime cashews have a little kick to them with a bright, zesty finish. Tossed in olive oil and lime zest with a red pepper finish. Great for game-day snacking!

Zesty Chili Lime Cashews in a bowl

Chili lime cashews are a great snack that is healthy and also full of flavor. Buckle up because you are going to love this recipe.

are cashews healthy?

Most people think that cashews are a nut, but really they are a legume or bean. If you are currently living a Paleo lifestyle, these are not for you. But feel free to use this recipe and make almonds if you like.

Cashews are full of zinc, healthy fats, and vitamin E which are all good things to have. So don’t fret, cashews are a healthy snacking option!

overhead view of spicy cashews and limes

how long dies it take to roast raw cashews

It takes about an hour to roast raw cashews, but it is totally worth it! Brooks and I buy all sorts of nuts in bulk and toast them in large batches. That way we always have some healthy snacks on hand.

When you are roasting cashews, be sure to do it in a single layer and on low heat like 200F and be sure to stir them often.

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These Chili Lime Cashews will be the hit of your party served in a bowl

how to make spicy lime cashews

Making seasoned nuts is as easy as mixing up your favorite spices and herbs and tossing the nuts in them.

Some recipes will have you mix the coating, toss in the nuts, and then bake them. This works great for sweeter coatings but it’s not necessary for spicy ones.

I like to mix a little oil with the spices and set aside. Once the cashews are warm and toasty, toss them in the spicy oil and set aside. The warm nuts will absorb the flavors and be oh so delicious!

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side view of bowl of cashews

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Try these tasty zesty chili lime cashews while screaming at your favorite team!

Zesty Chili Lime Cashews in a white bowl on a black plate with more cashews and a lime.

Spicy Chili Cashews

These roasted chili lime cashews have a little kick to them with a bright, zesty finish. Great for game-day snacking and keeping things spicy!
4.72 from 14 votes
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Course: Nuts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 1 pound
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 1 pound raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  • Place raw cashews on a lined baking sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Roast nuts in the oven for about 7 minutes. You will be able to smell the nuts when they are done. Be sure not to overcook!
  • While the nuts are roasting, mix all the other ingredients in a small cup and stir to combine.
  • When cashews are done, place nuts in a heat-proof bowl.
  • Stir in the oil mixture and toss to coat evenly.
  • Place coated cashews back on the baking sheet and toast for 1 more minute to dry the mixture.
  • Remove and serve.
  • Uneaten cashews (if there are any) can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.


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Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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4.72 from 14 votes (12 ratings without comment)
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Wednesday 7th of July 2021

The post says you roast cashews for an hour at 200 degrees. The instructions say 400 for 7 minutes. Any reason why?


Thursday 8th of July 2021

I should definitely clarify that. In the post I mention roasting them low and slow at 200 for 1 hour as a general rule of thumb for slow roasting the raw cashews. For the zesty lime cashews we are roasting at 400 and only for 7-8 minutes. I switched it up to a higher temp to help the coating dry thoroughly and in a quicker time frame.I hope this helps. If you have any other questions let me know. I will be sure to correct it in the post. Thanks!


Sunday 17th of May 2020

Just finished making it and they are GOODDDDD!!!!! This is MY GO TO cashew nuts recipe from now on!!!!!

How do I get the spices stay on the cashew? I followed the recipe and tried tossing them around but they don't stay on as much as I would like :(


Monday 18th of May 2020

I have actually run the spices through the food processor to make the red pepper flakes smaller. The spices stay on the nuts better that way and are more evenly distributed.

Andrea Y.

Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Oh my. Cashews are great but to flavor them like this is absolutely fantastic. Will definitely try them at the next football party.

Andrea Y.

Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Oh my. Cashews are great but to flavor them like this is absolutely fantastic. Will definitely try them at the next football party.

Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Oh My Gosh this sounds delicious! I totally need to make this for the Super Bowl Party!

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Thank you Chandra!! I hope you like them. I have eaten 2 batches already this week!