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Rating: 4.67 stars
51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a spicy alternative to classic basil pesto. You can control the spiciness by using less jalapeno and by removing the seeds and white membrane of the pepper before adding it to the pesto. If you like the spice, just throw it all in!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the cilantro, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, and Parmesan cheese in a blender; pulse until the mixture reaches a soft, paste-like consistency.

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Nutrition Facts

129 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 1.9g; fat 12.4g; cholesterol 3.7mg; sodium 68.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (38)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2008
This recipe ROCKS!!! If there were 10 stars, I'd give it that!!! We've been buying a tiny tub of a very delicious cilantro lime pesto at our local gourmet grocery store, to the tune of 4-5 bucks . . . I just purchased my first food processor and thought it would be fun to try and find a similar recipe, for my processor's maiden voyage! This one exceeded my expectations! The jalapeno adds a nice, surprising kick that the grocery store version doesn't have. Thanks a million for sharing! Read More
(36)
51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2008
This recipe ROCKS!!! If there were 10 stars, I'd give it that!!! We've been buying a tiny tub of a very delicious cilantro lime pesto at our local gourmet grocery store, to the tune of 4-5 bucks . . . I just purchased my first food processor and thought it would be fun to try and find a similar recipe, for my processor's maiden voyage! This one exceeded my expectations! The jalapeno adds a nice, surprising kick that the grocery store version doesn't have. Thanks a million for sharing! Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2007
Good recipe; nice and spicy. I did add a little salt. Good with meats and I even mixed some in with my salad greens. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2008
Recipe was really good. I tossed it with whole wheat rotini pasta and grilled chicken but somewhere between here and the grocery store I lost my jalapeno so I had to make it without...Im sure it will be MUCH better with it next time....Ill definitely make this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2010
Wow. This is so good. I love cilantro. Unfortunately I have a cilantro hater in the family which makes it challenging to get my cilantro fix. Lol. I actually like this better then regular pesto. I had toasted pumpkin seeds (so good) versus the pine nuts. I also used roasted/grilled garlic. My jalapeno was wimpy; so wound up using the whole pepper. I added a touch of kosher salt to the party and had to put the spoon down and walk away! Lol. It's that good. Thanks for an awesome recipe to get my cilantro fix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2010
This recipe is AMAZING! I did add a little extra parmesean cheese and my cilantro bunch was huge. I am going to mix this in some yogurt and make a dip out of it. I could eat it as is! It absolutely needs a 1/2 tsp of salt! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
This is a great recipe good twist on pesto! I don't care for Jalapeno and we used a whole one without seeds...just the right amount of kick! Served it as an appetizer on a toasted baguette (with olive oil). Placed some pesto on top with a piece of tomato as a garnish. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2010
I love super spicy food - so I used 2 huge jalapenos with seeds. I added a little extra oil & lime juice to compensate. It was delicious!! I used in veggie wraps with roasted potates cheese & lettuce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2008
Awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2009
I signed up just to thank you for this. It is excellent as is I usually add a little fresh ground black pepper though. Read More
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