I’m going to keep this brief, because Jorge and I are on vacation in MEXICO!!! These Chile Lime Pepitas are made with just 4 ingredients, and they can be prepared in a matter of moments. Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) are toasted in a dry pan, then hit with fresh lime juice, kosher salt, and chile powder. The resulting snack is spicy, salty and incredibly tangy. The type of tang the tickles the sides of your tongue as you chew. I love to eat these spiced seeds by the handful with an ice cold beer in the other hand. So tasty. Just be sure to have some napkins around, because your hands can get a little messy 😉
Chile Lime Pepitas
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup raw, shelled pepitas*
- Juice of 1 lime
- Ground Aleppo chile or other chile powder
- Kosher salt
Warm olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the pepitas, and cook, stirring frequently, until seeds are fragrant and start to brown (3 - 5 minutes).
Add lime juice (the pan will sizzle), a pinch of Aleppo chile and a pinch of kosher salt, stirring to combine. Take the skillet off the heat, and continue stirring until most of the lime juice cooks off. Taste the pepitas, and add more Aleppo chile and kosher salt to taste.**
*You can easily scale this recipe up by doubling the ingredients.
**If you find the pepitas to be a bit too tangy, you can balance the flavors with a little honey. But really, this snack should be packed with salt and tang.