Mexican-Spiced Chocolate Pecans Recipe

Photographs: Daniel Gritzer

These chocolaty nuts are flavored with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, then get a kick from some cayenne pepper.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Cocoa powder and dark chocolate make for especially chocolaty nuts.
  • A single egg white makes just enough of a crisp coating, without creating an overly airy crust.

Note: This recipe will work just as well with other types of nuts, such as walnuts, cashews, and almonds.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 8 to 10 servings
Makes: 4 cups

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  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons minced dark chocolate

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 large egg white

  • 4 cups (about 1 pound) pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F, position rack in middle position, and grease a rimmed baking sheet with oil or nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate, salt, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

  2. In a large bowl, lightly beat egg white until slightly foamy. Stir in spiced sugar until a smooth batter forms (it will start out looking dry but will loosen as you stir).

  3. Fold in pecans until evenly coated. Spread glazed pecans in a single even layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake until nuts are lightly toasted, about 25 minutes.

  4. Let cool, stirring nuts every few minutes to prevent sticking. Once cool, break up any remaining clumps and serve. Nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
375 Calories
34g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 375
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 219mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)