Nalbone Family Recipes

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Dessert, Munchies, Snacks

Soutwestern Spiced Pecans

Pillsbury Classic Cookbooks: Holiday Appetizers & Desserts Dec 2002 #262 Page 32

Servings: 48

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Start to Finish Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 1/4 ounces Taco Seasoning mix, Old El Paso
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper, cayenne
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups pecan halves (about 8 ounces)

NOTE: If the yield of this recipe is changed from 2 cups, the measurements listed inside the directions will have to be adjusted.


  1. Heat oven to 350 deg F. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In small saucepan, combine 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning mix, 4 tablespoons of the sugar, the cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of the ground red pepper; mix well. Stir in orange juice. Bring to boil over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into sprayed foil-lined pan; spread evenly. Bake at 350 deg F. for 15 minutes, stirring once.
  4. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine remaining taco seasoning mix, remaining tablespoon sugar and remaining 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper; mix well.
  5. Remove pecans from oven. Place pecans in medium bowl. Add spice mixture; toss to coat. Return pecans to foil lined pan.
  6. Return to oven; bake an additional 5 minutes, stirring once. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.

Ingredient Info:

Cayenne pepper is ground from the dried bright red chiles with the same name. Are there heat-seekers in your crowd? Make these pecans even spicier by increasing the amount of cayenne.

Storage Tip:

Tightly sealed in an airtight container, these nuts are perfect to keep on hand to stave off the munchies.

Make it special:

Packaged in a festive tin, these nuts make a great holiday gift for neighbors and hosts.

Yield: 2 cups

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 38 Calories; 3g Fat (68.4% calories from fat); trace Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 49mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

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