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Chipotle Pepita Salsa

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In this Chipotle Pepita Salsa, roasted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) are blended with a roasted red pepper, chipotle chiles, fire-roasted tomatoes, onions and fresh garlic and cilantro. An addictively smokey and delicious salsa!
Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword appetizer, chipotle, pumpkin seeds, roasted red pepper, salsa, snacks
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 16 servings
Calories 29
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas shelled
  • 6 roma tomatoes halved
  • 1 medium yellow onion halved and then quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch kosher salt orto taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper freshly ground, or to taste
  • 1 whole roasted red pepper
  • 2 chipotles in adobo
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  • Preheat your oven to 325°.
  • Scatter 1/2 cup (or more for garnish) of shelled pepitas onto a small rimmed metal baking sheet. Place on the middle rack of your preheated oven until toasted. About 10 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through for even toasting. Remove and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, use oven mitts to transfer the oven rack to the highest postition or atleast 2-inches away fron the heating element and preheat your broiler to high.
  • Place the halved tomatoes, cut-side down onto the pan along with the onion. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch or two kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Broil for 6 to 8 minutes (rotate the pan to ensure even charring) or untilt he skin on the tomatoes has blistered and blackened in spots. Remove and set to the side.
  • Meanwhile, in your food processor fitted with the blade attachment, add the roasted red pepper, chipotles, adobo sauce and toasted pepitas. Blend until finely ground.
  • Add in the roasted tomaotes and onions with the garlic, cilantro, lime juice and season with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper.
  • Taste test with a chip before adding more salt.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg