Contrary to their name, corn nuts are not nuts. This crunchy snack food is made by deep-frying corn kernels until they’re hard and brittle, and then seasoning them. Find dried white corn kernels in the Latin food section of the supermarket, or a Latin food store. Serve corn nuts as a snack or use them in recipes.

Things You'll Need

Put 1 inch of vegetable oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to high, and bring the oil to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, using a cooking thermometer to check the temperature.

Reduce the heat to medium, and add 1/3 cup of corn kernels to the hot oil. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kernels are golden brown. Fry the kernels in small batches of around 1/3 cup until you have as many as you need.

Line a bowl with paper towels, and transfer the fried corn nuts to the bowl. Allow them to sit for 2 to 3 minutes, or until most of the oil has drained off.

Discard the paper towels, and sprinkle the corn nuts with salt, dried paprika and cayenne pepper to taste. Omit the cayenne and replace with ground black pepper, if you prefer less spicy corn nuts.