Southwestern Pepper Pesto



Serving size

4 Tablespoons
60 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied. Note that cooking time does not include time for the peppers to cool.

Southwestern Pepper Pesto


2 Large Red bell peppers
4 Tbsp. Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2 Tbsp. Pickled jalapeno peppers
1/2 cup Coriander (cilantro) leaves, raw
1 ounce Parmesan cheese (grated)
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
3 tsp. Liquid from jar of sliced jalapeno peppers
2 Tbsp. Olive oil


Preheat the oven to broil.

Place the peppers in the oven and roast, turning frequently, until blackened on all sides. Remove and place in a brown paper bag. Allow them to cool.

After the peppers are cooled, peel and seed them.

Place the peppers in a blender or mini chopper with the pumpkin seeds, peppers, cilantro, parmesan, salt, lemon juice, liquid from the pickled jalapeno and olive oil.

Purée until smooth.

Chill until ready to serve.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

The balance of this pesto is a blend of sweetness from the peppers and jalapenos and saltiness and umami of the pumpkin seeds and parmesan. It is mildly spicy but if you like it spicer, you can add more pickled jalapenos or add some cayenne pepper.

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