While many fall dishes include pumpkin and squash, today we’ve got a little twist for you. A spicy pepita dip recipe to warm you up! Pepitas – aka a variety of pumpkin seeds – are an often overlooked ingredient. I know for myself I usually just sprinkle them on salads or us them as more of a garnish. But Kacey from House of Perez is here today to show us how to take this simple seed to the next level.

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Spicy Pepita Dip // serves 6-8

  • 2-3 chiles
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 2 tomatillos
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt to taste
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse and dry the chiles. Remove the stems and shake out the seeds. 
  3. Peel the onion and cut into quarters.
  4. Spread the chiles, onion quarters, pepitas and garlic onto a baking sheet and dry roast for 10-15 minutes. Rotate the onions and chiles halfway through the roasting time and give the pepitas a shake. After the ingredients have roasted, set them aside to cool.
  5. Once the chiles have cooled, scrape out the remaining seeds. Peel the roasted garlic and core the tomatillos. Add all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. 
  6. Blend all of the ingredients together until completely smooth. Slowly add a little water if needed. 
  7. Add salt to taste and serve the pumpkin seed dip with bread, crackers or tortilla chips.
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Chef’s Notes: Start with one roasted chile if a less spicy dip is desired. If more acid is needed to create more of a bite, juice the other half of the lime and add it to the dip. More honey can also be added for more sweet and spicy balance! 

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I love how festive this dip looks with all the garnish on top! Here, Kacey added chopped cilantro, whole pepitas, and some pomegranate seeds for color. I love experimenting with different toppings to a dip, and find that adding something with a bit of crunch – and of course fresh herbs – always goes a long way. Can’t wait to try this out for the upcoming holidays!

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