Chili Lime Pepitas

Chili Lime Pepitas are crispy roasted pumpkin seeds coated with a tangy, sweet, and spicy combination of flavors. They are a tasty snack or a crunchy garnish for salads, soups, and bowls.

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These crunchy pumpkin seeds are perfect as a unique topping for delicious soups like this Colorado pork green chili or just as a fun snack. You can’t go wrong.

Why we love this recipe

  • Pepitas are a little nutrition powerhouse! Not only are they a source of protein, zinc, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, but they also contain a good amount of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, which are considered heart-healthy fats.
  • The flavor combo offers a sweet, spicy, and salty taste experience that makes them a perfect snack. We also love how versatile they are with so many ways to enjoy them.
  • This recipe is also naturally gluten-free and vegan. Bonus!
A bowl of chili lime pepitas.

Ingredients

  • raw pepitas – also known as raw pumpkin seeds. Because they will be roasted you need to use raw seeds.
  • maple syrup – you could substitute honey also.
  • lime juice – adds the zing to this recipe!
  • tajin – this is a Mexican chili powder blend that has dehydrated chili peppers and lime. You can buy Tajin on Amazon or use regular chili powder.
  • sea salt
  • cayenne pepper – for the heat lovers! You could also use chili flakes. Optional if you prefer a tamer flavor.
Ingredients on a silver baking tray.

Equipment

Instructions

​Step 1

First, start by preheating the oven to 300.

Then, line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.

Step 2

Next, add the ingredients into a small mixing bowl.

Use a spoon to toss everything together and coat the seeds well.

A mixing bowl with a spoon mixing the pumpkin seeds.

Step 3

Then, pour the pepitas mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.

Use the spoon to spread them into an even layer.

Pepitas beng spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 4

Next, pop the baking sheet into the preheated oven and roast for 12-15 minutes. Give them a stir a couple of times during the roasting process to keep them from sticking or burning.

Step 5

Then, once they are golden brown, remove from the oven. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes to crisp up.

A baking sheet with roasted pepitas on it.

Expert tip

Use freshly squeezed lime juice! The fresh juice will add a vibrant citrus flavor that complements the spices well.

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Recipe variations

  • Infuse a smoky vibe into your pepitas by adding chipotle powder or smoked paprika to the seasoning mix. This variation adds a rich, earthy flavor that pairs well with the chili lime combination.
  • Toss the chili lime pepitas with some dried mango pieces for a sweet and spicy combination. The chewy and fruity mango provides a pleasant contrast to the crunchy pepitas.
  • Expand the flavor profile by incorporating additional spices such as cumin, garlic powder, or a pinch of Mexican oregano to the seasoning blend to enhance the savory notes.

Serving suggestions

  • These are a perfect healthy snack simply on their own. They have a satisfying crunch and tons of flavor. Tote them in a small sealed container or resealable bags for a convenient on-the-go snack.
  • Use as a garnish for soups and stews. They can be a fantastic topping for creamy vegetable soups, chili, or tortilla soup, adding texture and a pop of flavor.
  • Sprinkle pepitas over salads to add a delightful crunch and zesty flavor. They work well with green salads, grain salads, or even pasta salads.
  • Upgrade your breakfast by sprinkling on top of avocado toast. They add a fantastic texture and flavor contrast to the creamy avocado.
  • Include chili lime pepitas on a cheese or charcuterie board as a unique and flavorful element. They pair well with various cheeses, cured meats, nuts, and other accompaniments. We also love these Spiced Walnuts on a charcuterie!

FAQS

What is the difference between pepitas and pumpkin seeds?

The terms “pepitas” and “pumpkin seeds” are often used interchangeably, but there is a slight difference between the two. In culinary terms, “pepitas” is more commonly used to refer to the green hulled pumpkin seeds that have no shells, while “pumpkin seeds” refers to both the hulled and unhulled seeds. The pepita is typically a green color.

Can I use the same recipe for other nuts or seeds?

Yes, you can use a similar recipe for other nuts or seeds like almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, or even a mix of different nuts and seeds. You may need to adjust the cooking time based on the size and texture of the nuts or seeds you choose.

Storage tips

Store these in an airtight container for 4-5 days at room temperature.

If you want to extend their shelf life, you can keep them for up to a month in the refrigerator.

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Chili Lime Pepitas

Sharon Rhodes
Chili Lime Pepitas coated with a tangy, sweet, and spicy combination of flavors. A tasty snack or a crunchy garnish for salads, and soups.
4.92 from 46 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 60 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Start by preheating the oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Next, add the pepitas to a small bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir it well, coating the seeds.
  • Then, transfer the coated pepitas onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them into an even layer.
  • Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring them a couple of times to make sure nothing is sticking or burning.
  • Remove them from the oven and let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

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Notes

Storage tips

Store these in an airtight container for 4-5 days at room temperature.
If you want to extend their shelf life, you can keep them for up to a month in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 82mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 163IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love having these chili lime pepitas every time I worked on my laptop. This makes me more active and attentive to my work.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these chili lime petitas yesterday, and they were so delicious. I really love the balance of sweetness, tanginess, and spicy flavors in it. Such a great snack! Even my kids enjoyed it! I would recommend everyone to give it a try!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe makes an addictive snack with a perfect balance of spicy, tangy, and crunchy flavors that make it hard to stop munching on.

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