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Hot and Spicy Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is usually paired with something sweet but I’ve begun to explore the other possibilities of our favorite tan-colored paste. While many companies produce flavored peanut butter, few dare to create a savory one. This is an attempt to clone the “Heat is On” peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co., an often overlooked and under-appreciated flavor in my opinion. Make a small batch, or a double batch, but make sure it’s ready for what I’ve got in store. The uses for this spread are endless.


1 cup (1/2 jar) natural creamy peanut butter
1 1/2t chili powder
1 1/2t cayenne pepper
1t crushed red pepper flakes
1t paprika
1/2t – 3/4t kosher salt (only if using unsalted peanut butter)


1. Mix all ingredients together in a jar and let sit overnight for the flavors and colors to extract. If your tolerance for spicy foods isn’t very high, use only half of the spice, taste it and adjust accordingly. As for the salt, chili powder often contains salt so you may want to add less salt to start, taste, and adjust.