One mouthful of these Air Fryer Mexican Masala Roasted Peanuts is like having a party in your mouth! You can have Mexican flavoured peanuts ready in minutes when using the air fryer. We love this delicious combination of paprika, oregano, and lemon juice.  I suggest making a few batches as they will finish fast!

A bowl full of mexican flavoured air fryer roasted peanuts with a spoon.


Nuts are one of my go-to snacks! I always keep a little sandwich bag of nuts in my handbag at all times because I just know that cravings will hit! More often than not, it will be a batch of plain nuts but recently I have been loving experimenting with different flavours. 

This particular recipe is one that my Mum posted on the blog back in 2013. 

These nuts are:

✅An easy and quick snack




✅Good shelf-life 

Since the arrival of air-fryers in our kitchen, we have been able to explore a different style of cooking. We were so surprised at the versatility of the air-fryer and how so many different recipes can be adapted and made in the air fryer!

Why you should Air Fry your snacks

We have totally jumped on the Ary Frying trend and have been reaping the benefits!

✅Air Fried food:

✅Has fewer calories than deep-fried

✅Uses less oil than deep-fried or shallow fried food

✅More often than not, it is usually quicker to make

✅Retains delicious flavour and texture

Some recipes where the air fryer works wonders are, Tandoori Paneer Tarte au SoleilRose and Pistachio Puff Pastry Cream Horns and Chilli, Garlic and Lime Mogo Chips 

Ingredients for Mexican Masala Roasted Peanuts:

🥜Peanuts - use raw or blanched. If using raw with skin see below how to skin peanuts easily. 
🥜Oil - any oil without its own strong flavor works well here
🥜Salt to taste
🥜Lemon juice or 1/2 tsp citric acid ( in Gujarati AKA Limboo na phool)
🥜Mexican seasoning or taco seasoning - easy to buy from the supermarket or make your own. See below for the recipe
🥜Black pepper powder freshly ground black pepper
🥜Cream cheese powder - this is optional. Use if you want a more creamy and cheesy flavor to the nuts. If you want to keep this recipe vegan skip it. 

Homemade Taco/Mexican seasoning

  • Chilli powder (you can vary the amount to suit here, depending on whether you want a very spicy Mexican seasoning or not)
  • Garlic powder (you can substitute with slightly less garlic salt, but you probably won't need to add any salt to the mixture)
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Smoked paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Salt & pepper
Mix everything and use it in the desired recipe. 

How to remove Peanut skin easily 

To remove the skin of the peanuts you must roast or toast peanuts first, without this step, you won't be able to remove raw peanuts skin very quickly. 

You can roast peanuts 3 ways, over the stovetop in a normal frying pan, in the microwave or in the oven. 

You can use either red or pink peanuts

1. Stovetop method - take peanuts in a frying pan, and dry roast on low to medium heat until the peanuts start changing their colour, the aroma starts wafting and the skin starts tearing. Keep stirring all the time using a spatula.  This will take around 8-10 minutes.

2. Microwave method - Roast peanuts in M/W for 3-4 minutes on HIGH in one layer. Every minute pause and check. Let it cool for 8-10 minutes.

3.Oven method - Spread the raw peanuts in a rimmed baking pan and place them in at gas mark 4 350F/180C, oven for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Once the peanuts are cool at room temperature and can be handled, rub the nuts between your hands or tea towel. Discard the skin and use roasted peanuts in the desired recipe. 

This will affect the cooking time of these flavoured nuts as they are already slightly roasted. Around 3-4 minutes in the Air Fryer should be enough.

These moreish peanuts pair so well with cocktails, mocktails or soft drinks, if you're looking for some non-alcoholic or kid-friendly drink recipes have a look at our Virgin Cardamom Mojito

Anyone in the family a fan of James bond movies and apples? Serve this light and crispy Non-alcoholic Green Apple Martini.

How do I get seasoning stick to roasted nuts?

There is nothing worse than preparing a finger-licking seasoning just for all of it to fall off during the roasting process!

There are a few easy solutions to this!

Oil is great at getting the seasoning to stick to nuts. Simply add a spoon of oil to the mixture. Careful not to add too much oil as the nuts contain their own and will release once they begin to warm.

Water can also help the seasoning to stick. The water will help the seasoning stay on the nuts and as the nuts heat, the natural oil will take over

Honey is also a good option if you want a little sweetness to the nuts.

How to roast peanuts in the air fryer

See the recipe card for the microwave, oven, and stovetop methods below. 

👉 Preheat the Air Fryer for 5 minutes at 160C.

How to make Mexican air fryer roasted peanuts-step 1 raw peanuts in a bowl

👉 Add the nuts, all the spices, and oil to a large bowl.

How to Mexican air fryer roasted peanuts step 2 seasoning oil added to the peanuts

👉 Mix thoroughly

👉 Place a sheet of parchment in the air fryer tray and transfer the nuts into the tray.

How to make Mexican air fryer roasted peanuts-step 1 raw peanuts in a bowl How to Mexican air fryer roasted peanuts step 3 spices coated peanuts ready to roast in an air fryer

👉 Air Fry for 8-10 minutes at 160C

👉 Keep a check on the nuts to ensure the nuts or seasoning does not burn.

How to make Mexican air fryer roasted peanuts-step 1 raw peanuts in a bowl How to Mexican air fryer roasted peanuts step 2 peanuts are roasted and cooling in the air fryer basket

👉Leave to cool before eating


These nuts can be stored in an air-tight container for around 10-15 days. This is not a freezer-friendly recipe. 

Mexican roasted air fryer peanuts served in a beige bowl with a wooden spoon on a brown chopping board

Liked this Mexican Masala Roasted Peanuts recipe? you may enjoy trying our other roasted nuts recipes too!

1. Indian Masala Mixed Nuts

2. Spiced Rosemary Almonds

3. Lemon and Black Pepper Peanuts

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Yield: 3-4 SERVINGS
Author: Hayley Dhanecha


Making homemade Mexican masala-flavored roasted nuts, so easier than you think. Just need a handful of ingredients, few minutes and you have flavourful and morish nuts ready in no time!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinInactive time: 10 MinTotal time: 30 Min


1 cup = 250ml
  • 1 cup raw peanuts - 150g
  • 1tbsp any oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp citric acid or fresh lemon juice ( Limboo na phool)
  • 1 tsp Mexican seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cream cheese powder ( optional )


Air fryer method
  1. Preheat the Air Fryer for 5 minutes at 160C
  2. Add the nuts, all the spices, and oil to a large bowl.
  3. Mix thoroughly
  4. Place a sheet of parchment in the air fryer tray and transfer the nuts into the tray
  5. Air Fry for 8-10 minutes at 160C.
  6. Start checking the nuts after 7 minutes.
  7. Keep a check on the nuts to ensure the nuts or seasoning does not burn.
  8. They should be ready between 12-15 minutes. 
  9. Sprinkle cheese powder if using whilst the peanuts are warm.
  10. Leave to cool before eating or storing. 
Stovetop Method
  1. Dry roast peanuts in a frying pan.
  2. Add all the spices, salt and oil except cheese powder.
  3. Roast the nuts for a couple of minutes again, turn off the heat.
  4. Sprinkle cheese powder if using, mix well.
  5. Let the nuts cool completely before consuming. 
Oven Method
  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 or 350F/180C.
  2. In a bowl mix spices, lemon juice, oil, and salt, add nuts. Mix well and ensure that all the nuts are well coated with the masala spices. 
  3. Spread the peanuts on a baking tray evenly, and roast for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Turn the tray around and roast again for 5-7 minutes. 
  5. Again check the nuts if they are done. 
  6. These nuts are done around 8-12 minutes. 
  7. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely. 
Microwave Method
  1. Roast peanuts in M/W for 3-4 minutes on HIGH in one layer. Every minute pause and check.
  2. Let it cool - remove the skin.
  3. In a microwave-proof, bowl mix peanuts, oil, and all the spices powder.
  4. Mix well the peanuts and masala and once again microwave them for 30 seconds more.
  5. Mix one more time and let it cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container.


Blanched peanuts take a little extra time to roast.

Make sure to check on nuts throughout the cooking time as different brand air fryers are very.

You may need to cook peanuts in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.

For perfect crunchy peanuts, wait till they are completely cooled down.

Make sure peanuts are laid evenly or in a single layer for even cooking, don't overload the fryer basket.

If not using straight away, store the peanuts in an airtight container, use them within 10-12 days.

Whenever taking out the peanuts from the jar, make sure to give jar a little shake so the seasning comes up as it sits on the bottom of the jar.

These nuts are not freezer-friendly.

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  1. The mexican masala peanuts look yummy. Love the color.

  2. Looks awesome, beautiful clicks parcel me some

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  4. looks so tempting.. I am a big fan of peanuts.. the masala in it makes it even more tempting

  5. super yummy snack to store in advance

  6. Wonderful snack.. looks too good!!

  7. My husband and I are peanut junkies and this recipe with those fabulous spices sounds like the perfect snack with a cocktail!

  8. This recipe for roasted peanuts is so interesting and I love the spices you used. Definatly giving this a try.

  9. This was such a tasty snack! The spices were ultra flavorful, and I love the texture the air fryer gave them.

  10. I'm a big fan of flavored nuts, but sadly, I have never made them myself. I think this recipe might just have to change that for me!

  11. These peanuts made right in the air fryer are so delicious and spicy. They make for a great snack.

  12. I made these peanuts today in our newly purchased air fryer and it was so easy and soo delicious! The whole family loved them, and there is not even a single peanut left! Definitely keeping this recipe for future use again!

  13. Thanks for this recipe. We loved snacking on these while on a road trip and I will be making them again!

  14. it is so flavorful and easy to make that we could not stop ourselves from snacking on it and finished the entire batch in just one go.


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