Fiery Hot Cheddar Walnuts


  • 6 Tablespoons  White Cheddar popcorn seasoning*
  • 4 Cups  California walnuts, in halves and large pieces
  • 1 Teaspoon  paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon  water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  onion powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 2 Teaspoons  red chili pepper hot sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons  canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons  cayenne pepper

One look at the grocery store “snack aisle” will tell you that super-spicy snacks and chips are wildly popular.  (Of course if you have a teenager in your house, you already know this!)  This recipe offers a nutritious, but just as tasty, alternative.  Seasoned with cayenne pepper and red chili pepper hot sauce, the nuts will entice you with a similar degree of heat and a subtle Cheddar cheese flavor.


Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Get out a large, shallow baking pan.  For easier clean-up, line the pan with parchment paper if you wish, though this is not essential. 

In a small bowl combine the White Cheddar popcorn seasoning, cayenne pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder.  Whisk together until thoroughly and evenly blended.  Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the oil, red chili pepper hot sauce and water and whisk together until smooth.  Add the walnuts and toss until they are glistening and covered with the oil mixture.  Continue tossing and stirring as you sprinkle on the cheese mixture and the nuts become coated with the seasonings.

Spread the seasoned walnuts on the baking pan.  Bake for 6 minutes, then stir the nuts with a spatula.  Bake 6 – 8 minutes longer, until the nuts have browned lightly.  Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.


**Note:  White Cheddar popcorn seasoning can be found in the “popcorn” section of most supermarkets.   Some people can be sensitive to the heat of hot peppers and their various forms, including red chili pepper hot sauce and cayenne.  Use tongs or a big spoon to toss the walnuts with the seasonings, not your bare hands, and work in a well-ventilated kitchen, particularly if you experience any discomfort in the region of your eyes or nose while blending the spicy mixture.


Calories per serving:

210 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 337g 518%
  • Carbs 71g 24%
  • Saturated 31g 156%
  • Fiber 34g 136%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 60g
  • Polyunsaturated 231g
  • Protein 73g 146%
  • Sodium 262mg 11%
  • Calcium 477mg 48%
  • Magnesium 759mg 190%
  • Potassium 2,249mg 64%
  • Iron 15mg 82%
  • Zinc 15mg 99%
  • Phosphorus 1,661mg 237%
  • Vitamin A 156µg 17%
  • Vitamin C 17mg 28%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 109%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 46%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 30%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 136%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 469µg 117%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 51%
  • Vitamin K 39µg 48%
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