pepita and cilantro pesto

cilantropumpkin seeds

Pepita and Cilantro Pesto

Pepita and Cilantro Pesto

Pesto de Pepita y Cilantro

Recipe Yield

2 cups

Cooking time

10 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.67 from 6 votes


  • 2 cups cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup raw and hulled pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Kosher or coarse sea salt to taste

To Prepare

  • In a food processor, add the cilantro, parsley, garlic, and pumpkin seeds. Turn on the processor and pour in the olive oil slowly in a thin stream. Season with salt to taste.


24comments inPepita and Cilantro Pesto

  1. LP

    Aug 27

    Yum! How far in advance can you make this?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      It will last in the fridge for 10 days but you could also freeze it and it would last for months!

  2. Terrie

    May 28

    How long will this keep? Does it need to be refrigerated. Looks and sounds delicious.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 10

      It will definitely keep for weeks refrigerated and for months if you freeze it Terrie 🙂

  3. Vicki Howard

    Jul 01

    I have been using pepitas for my pesto for awhile now because the pine nuts are pricey…and we loved them!!! I will try your recipe 😏 thank you 😍

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 04

      Thanks Vicki, enjoy!

  4. Joann

    Jun 28

    Thank you 😊😊 I have all ingredients I’m about to make it thank you so very much 🌻🌻🌻

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 30

      Great Joann, I hope you enjoyed it 😉

  5. BrianAllman

    May 10


    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Thank you!

  6. Linda

    Jan 14

    your recipe didn.t call for cheese. was that a mistake?

    1. Pati

      Jan 15

      No cheese in this recipe 🙂

  7. Steve

    Dec 08

    Similar to the grated Parmesan in a classic basil pesto, try adding some grated aged Cotija cheese!

    1. Pati

      Dec 08


  8. amy

    Jul 13

    so exciting, making this right now ☆☆☆ love you, your family and your show ♡♡♡
    paz y amor☆☆☆

    1. Pati

      Jul 14


      1. Lynnie

        Nov 29

        Love this! Love this episode too (rewatching on our dvr; I have about 40 of your episodes recorded and learn something each time I watch one! 🥰)

        1. Pati Jinich

          Dec 02

          Aw! You’re very kind, thanks Lynnie 🙂

  9. Marion C'Royle Smith Castleberry

    Jul 12

    Ohh thank you so much. My husband and I love watching your show and every time he spots something new I have to try it. Even if we have to drive all over to find the ingredients. Literally we just went 60 miles to buy GOYA NARANJA AGRIA ( bitter orange juice ) And fresh pepitas for pesto . It’s a lifetime modification since I am allergic to tree nuts. Again thank you for introducing me to a new cuisine.

    1. Pati

      Jul 13

      Marion what amazing dedication! I’m thrilled to hear that you are trying a new cuisine and enjoying it so much!

  10. Eve

    Feb 12

    Always love your show, made me wanted to visit Mexico and try all the delicious food. Can you tell me what other dishes are suitable to use this pesto please?


    1. Pati

      Feb 23

      ​So many things, Eve! You can use this pesto just like you would any other kind of pesto…to cover freshly cooked pasta, as a spread on sandwiches or baguettes, to top fish or grilled chicken, spooned on top of an omelette in the morning, with a tomato and mozzarella salad…

  11. Cyd Larkin

    Feb 05

    Yum, yum, yum. I’m not a lover of regular pesto, but this is fabulous. Love the show, too. It makes me smile every time I watch. My husband enjoys it too, and always says what a beautiful family you have. I think he’s got a little crush on you, Pati!

    1. Pati

      Feb 06

      Your post made ME smile! Thank you and your husband 🙂 for watching!

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