These Chile Lime Roasted Pepitas are tossed with an irresistible blend of salt + spices for a healthy snack, a salad topping or a crunchy addition to your favorite veggie taco recipe! You’ll get a flavor burst with every bite – spicy chile, tangy lime, + salt.
What is the difference between pepitas and pumpkin seeds?
I love pepitas for their lightness + crunch. They come from a specific variety of pumpkin and are not fibrous like regular pumpkin seeds. Easy to make, pepitas are ready in just 5 minutes.
Roasted pepitas are like the croutons of nuts. Full of crunch + flavor without too much fuss. Top your favorite fall soup with sprinkle of chile lime pepitas – especially pureed soups that need that extra texture like this Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup.
How to Roast Pepitas
Roasting raw pepitas is easy! Use this stovetop method, to make roasted pepitas in just 5 minutes. You could easily double or triple the recipe in a bigger sauté pan.
Let’s make Chile Lime Roasted Pepitas!
Step 1: Warm oil in pan + toss in pepitas to coat. Toss frequently until edges brown.
You’ll want to make sure you purchase raw, unsalted pepitas. And keep vigilant as they brown quickly and sometimes pop like popcorn! As they brown it will smell just like popcorn too!
Step 2: Add salt, spices and lime juice. Mix until liquid evaporates.
These might be the perfect snack to share with a margarita – salt, chile, lime….it just makes sense. Enjoy!
Chile Lime Roasted Pepitas will blow your tastebuds! They make a healthy snack, a salad topping or a crunch to your favorite veggie taco recipe!
- 1/2 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1/2 cup raw pepitas
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/8 tsp chipotle chile powder
- Kosher salt
Warm oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the pepitas and stir until coated. Stir frequently until seeds are fragrant and start to brown (about 3 minutes).
Add lime juice, chipotle chile and 2 generous pinches of kosher salt. Stir to coat.
Remove the skillet from heat. Stir until the pepitas are fully coated with seasoning and the lime juice has cooked off.
Taste the pepitas – add more salt to taste.
When I add roasted pepitas to a salad, I like to crush them for maximum distribution. Use a ziploc bag and rolling pin to crush them in a flash!
Here are some other Roasted Pepita Recipes:
The ease of making roasted pepitas means that you can make roasted pepitas with a variety of spices:
- all-around savory pepitas: garlic powder + dried rosemary
- herby pepitas: coriander + dill
- honey roasted pepitas: honey + cinnamon