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Sweet and Spicy Almonds

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You may start to think that I have my holidays confused over the next couple of weeks, but I promise that I don’t. These Sweet and Spicy Almonds are part of a Celebrate Summer Tapas Party that I threw last weekend. Spanish food is kind of like Mexican food, right? Anyhoo, I literally threw all of these recipes together the day of the party before the guests arrived!

an oval blue bowl sitting on a striped napkin filled with almonds

No Tapas Party would be complete without spiced almonds. I decided to give my favorite Southwest Seasoning a try to season my almonds, and they turned out even better than I had hoped! A touch of heat from the chili powder, and a bit of sweetness from the brown sugar, rounded out by the garlic and onion powders…..perfection!

sweet and spicy almonds in an oval blue bowl sitting on a striped napkin

They are really simple to make as well.

How to make Sweet and Spicy Almonds:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner, set aside. Whisk together the oil and spices in a medium bowl…..

Sweet & Spicy Almonds mix cookingwithcurls.com

Add the almonds and toss to coat…..

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Spread out on prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes…..

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Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until toasted. Cool completely before serving…..

Tapas Party with Sweet & Spicy Almonds | cookingwithcurls.com

Store your Sweet and Spicy Almonds in an airtight container for up to 5 days, assuming they last that long! 😉

Tapas Party recipes:


Sweet & Spicy Almonds

These Sweet and Spicy Almonds are a must at any Tapas Party, or as a delicious afternoon snack!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: almonds, appetizer, tapas, party, snack, recipe, sweet, spicy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ Tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon chili powde


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper/silpat, set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together oil and spices.
  • Add almonds and stir to completely coat with mixture.
  • Spread out on prepared baking sheet, place in oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Stir almonds and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until toasted.
  • Cool almonds completely before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


  • This recipe makes about 2 cups of Sweet and Spicy Almonds.
  • Serving size = 1/4 cup as a snack


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Oooh!!! A tapas party sounds like so much fun!! I love sweet and salty combos personally – and a little kick of heat is always good too! 🙂

  2. I’m always looking for new nut recipes! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Pinned!
    Have a great weekend ahead!! xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

  3. Yum! I bought a few cans of almonds recently, just knowing that I’d find the perfect recipe to liven them up. And here it is! Thanks for sharing! {I found you at the Weekend re-Treat link-up}

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