Pepita and Cilantro Pesto

Pepita and Cilantro Pesto

Pesto de Pepita y Cilantro
2 cups
Pati Jinich
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro, pati's mexican table, pepitas, pesto, pumpkin seeds
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Pepita and Cilantro Pesto recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 10 “Cancún: We Meet Again”


  • 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.

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  1. 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. 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! 🥰)

  2. 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.

  3. 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. ​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…

  4. 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!