Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto with Lime Recipe -
Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto with Lime Recipe
  • READY IN 10 mins

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto with Lime

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"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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Original recipe makes 3 /4 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. 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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Jun 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!

Oct 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.

May 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!

Mar 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.

Sep 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!

Sep 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!

Dec 09, 2008


Oct 12, 2010

The best form of pesto! Love love love it! Didn't change anything and it was perfect. Highly recommended - especially for those with a spice tolerance.


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  • Calories
  • 129 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 69 mg
  • 3%

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

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