Spicy Cilantro Pesto Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spicy Cilantro Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Spicy Cilantro Pesto

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"A different twist on pesto."

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Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Toast almonds in small skillet over medium-low heat until light golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the garlic cloves in the hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature; chop.
  3. Pulse the almonds, garlic, and cilantro together in a food processor until roughly chopped. Slowly stream the 1/2 cup olive oil into the mixture with the food processor running continually. Add the lemon juice, red pepper, salt and pepper and continue processing until smooth.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 28, 2009

This one is a real crowd pleaser! My personal touch: add fresh basil to the pesto then throw it into the oven with jalapeno cheese on top to really spice things up. Caution: this one is really hot!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 19, 2010

Kind of weird

Jan 25, 2011

I used pine nuts instead of almonds. This has great taste, and is easy to make. I put some pesto into mushroom caps, and baked until heated through. It made great appetizers!

Oct 28, 2010

Loved the idea! Had to change it - only had a cup of cilantro so i used a little less oil and nuts. Used a mix of almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds instead of just almonds. Turned out delicious!!!

Dec 09, 2010

Simply amazing! I keep a batch in the fridge, and use it to top salmon or chicken breasts before baking in the oven. Really excellent flavor, and super easy too. Thanks, Amber!

Jan 15, 2010

Used pine nuts because we did not have almonds. Turned out great. I never thought to make pesto with cilantro - what a wonderful idea.

Jan 11, 2010

i don't like regular pesto but cilantro is my favorite and almonds too. i love the sound of this i know my family will love it. i will make one batch without the peppers flakes so my kids can enjoy it too. thank you so much. i am going to make so much of this and give it out as gifts. thank you thank you for this recipe.

May 12, 2010

love it!!


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  • Calories
  • 148 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.6 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 15.7 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 6 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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