Spicy Southern Pecans AKA Voodoo Pecans

by Alli

Pecans are my favorite nuts, hands down, and these Voodoo Pecans (aka Spicy Southern Pecans) are the best. You’ll also want to check out my Best Recipes Featuring Pecans.

If you love pecans as much as I do, you’ll also love Dixie’s Pecan Pie Cobbler

When my oldest daughter’s boyfriend (now husband) lived in NY and was studying for his finals in grad school, she thought it would be a splendid idea to share some love and send him a care package. We (do I have a frog in my pocket?) prepared all kinds of homemade goodies and she FedEx’d them right over.

He was beyond excited! He was in awe of the variety of homemade snacks. But, he couldn’t quite wrap his head around the Spicy Southern Pecans. I mean, he is a Yankee, bless his heart!

Andrew had never eaten anything that remotely resembled the sweet, spicy, taste of those nuts. So, he didn’t know if he liked them or not. However, he couldn’t stop scarfing them down. So he, jokingly, renamed them Voodoo Pecans because they were so addictive and he couldn’t stop eating them.

Voodoo Pecans AKA Spicy Pecans

Let’s Make Southern Spicy Pecans!

Note: After making these for years, I received a comment from a reader who stated that the pecans were way too salty. I immediately ran to the kitchen to make a batch. That’s how much I love y’all! 

After munching on a few, I could see where a person who doesn’t like salt could kinda, maybe, sorta think they are too salty. So, I edited the recipe and cut the salt from 1 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon. (If you like lots of salt, go ahead and add one teaspoon. I won’t tell anyone.) 

Georgia Pecans Make The Best Voodoo Pecans 

I grew up in Georgia, in a subdivision that is located in a huge pecan orchard.

After I grew up and moved away, one of my most precious Christmas gifts just about every year was from my mom and dad; an extra-large Christmas gift bag filled with packs of freshly picked and shelled Georgia pecan. It felt like love from their yard to my freezer!

GA pecans are the best pecans in the world. I can’t get pecans like that in the grocery store. No siree!

This past Christmas (2020) dad gave me 20 bags of GA pecans that grew right on the property of my childhood home.

Historically, Georgia is the leading state in pecan production, so I guess that’s why pecans are my favorite nuts. I grew up eating them!

I also grew up saying pee-con’ (emphasis on the con’) instead of pee-can. My mom always said that a pee-can was something you pee in. How do you pronounce pecan?

Be sure and make these Voodoo (Southern Spicy) Pecans! Yes, the entire family calls these VooDoo Pecans now! They will definitely put a spell on you!

How Long Does Southern Spicy Pecans Last?

These pecans will keep for several days on the counter in an airtight container. If you’d like to keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to one month. 

Note: Shelled raw pecans can be stored in the freezer (freeze in airtight containers – I use quart-sized freezer bags) for up to two years. Actually, I’ve stored them longer than that and they were just as good as the day I froze them. 

Yield: 16 (1 oz.) servings

Southern Spicy Pecans (aka Voodoo Pecans)

Holiday Movie Night Voodoo Pecans AKA Spicy Pecans

Southern Spicy Pecans have a hint of spice and a hint of sweetness. These pecans are addictive and that's why we call them Voodoo Pecans.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 T granulated sugar OR Splenda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together olive oil, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and sugar (or Splenda). Add pecan halves and stir together until all the pecans are coated with the spice mixture.
  2. Spread in a single layer on an ungreased baking pan. Bake at 300° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Cool.Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 ounce

Amount Per Serving Calories 109Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 0mgSodium 133mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g

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Originally posted in 2013 and updated in January 2021. 


jessica blackwell January 11, 2013 - 6:48 am

You could sell those and be rich! LOL you are lucky your parents have a tree. Nice recipe I bet my husband would love them.

Alli January 11, 2013 - 7:41 am

The pecans that come from their trees are so much better than the pecans in the grocery store! There is no comparison. When I make these, I have to hide them from myself. I could eat them all! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

ashley January 11, 2013 - 9:59 am

I say pe-con but Bobby & inlaws pick on me bc they say pe-can…now to make me some!!

Alli January 11, 2013 - 10:03 am

I’ve been picked on, too. It’s funny how, even in the south, our pronunciations can be so different. Hope you enjoy the pecans!

Paula@SweetPea December 12, 2013 - 11:11 am

These sound wonderful! I love to snack on nuts.

Megan @ Two Live Colorfully December 12, 2013 - 10:52 pm

These look so yummy! And I think the name is awesome! Recipe names are so much more fun when they aren’t just descriptions of the ingredients! The first meal I ever made for my husband in our crappy college apartment was this chicken and pasta casserole dish that we ended up loving. We named it “First Nite Pasta” and it’s still one of our faves more than four years later!

Hopped over from the Throwback Thursday party!

Alli December 13, 2013 - 4:48 am

I love it – First Night Pasta! How romantic You’re right, names are so much more fun when they mean something special. I’m about to head over and check out your holiday home tours.

savannah miller October 1, 2015 - 11:08 am

The sounds so yummy I may have to try and make them for the holidays. I have a cinnamon sugar pecan recipe that my family absolutely loves

Jenn @ EngineerMommy October 1, 2015 - 11:23 am

I absolutely love spiced nuts, and this version of spiced pecans sounds amazing! I’d love to try it! Oh, and I generally say pee-can lol!

Angelic Sinova October 1, 2015 - 2:01 pm

I LOVE pecans! I’ll definitely have to try this Voodoo Pecans recipe this weekend. It looks so yummy <3

Maureen October 1, 2015 - 2:29 pm

I say pee-con but have a few friends that say it the other way. I think these sound amazingly good!

Amanda October 1, 2015 - 5:03 pm

These pecans look absolutely AMAZING. I remember when I was in college I was always so stressed out during finals, and my Dad would always send me a sweet treat to make me feel better. It is one of my favorite memories of him.

Nancy (@spiffykerms) October 1, 2015 - 9:25 pm

You guys are awesome for Fedexin’ the then boyfriend a food package. My Mom used to do that to me when I lived…. in the same country as her lol. I miss them! 🙁 I bet I’d love those pecans… ugh, those are like one of my fav nuts (I have many…brazil one’s, cashews too are delicious omg… so are walnuts). I can go on.

tiaras & tantrums October 1, 2015 - 11:35 pm

this sounds like something my son and hubbie would totally devour too! We say “P’Con” here in the midwest – well, at least I pronounce it that way. I never really noticed who other state pecan. Thsi looks like a great recipe to make and have sitting our for Thanksgiving snack

Elayne October 2, 2015 - 12:47 am

I’m a California girl and we say pe-can! These look tasty and great to have around for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

Franc Ramon October 2, 2015 - 1:53 am

The vodoo pecans looks like a really tasty snack. It’s gonna be great to have this while watching a movie.

Kiwi October 2, 2015 - 2:32 am

I pronounce them pe-cans. I love the taste of salty and sweet!!!

Mary Edwards October 2, 2015 - 6:09 am

I’m not a huge fan of pecans, but these look delicious. I’ll be trying these soon!

Stephanie October 2, 2015 - 6:22 am

This looks like an interesting recipe – and I too, am from NY so haven’t ever had anything like that. I do pronounce it like pe-can with the emphasis on the can! 🙂

Rosey October 2, 2015 - 7:38 am

I’ve had something similar and they were tasty. These look and sound tasty too.

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy October 2, 2015 - 7:27 pm

I love the name of these pecans! I’ve made candied pecans before, but I bet my husband and son would love this.

rosemary palmer October 3, 2015 - 8:15 am

I do a sweet Pe – con, but this would be great for those who like a little spice, which I don’t. Maybe I will add this and make a combo pack for gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Adrienne October 3, 2015 - 9:58 am

Love this! I’m always trying to find new things that I can pack as snacks and this would be perfect. It also looks like it would be yummy in oatmeal, too!

Diana V December 8, 2020 - 5:24 pm

These sounded so good, I tried them. Unfortunately all I could taste was the salt. The cumin, cayenne and sugar were not even detectable. I followed the recipe. Will try a little adjustment on the next batch.

Alli December 9, 2020 - 6:12 am

That’s odd! I’ve been making these spicy pecans for years and everyone loves the flavor. The recipe calls for one teaspoon of regular table salt for 2 cups of pecan halves. I’d try cutting back to 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Thanks for the comment!


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