Spicy Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)


When you need a quick and tasty snack, these spicy pepitas pack in just the right amount of flavor and crunch! They’re also delicious over a salad or in a wrap.

Bowl of spicy pepitas on table

Looking for an easy appetizer to serve at a party or a simple snack in the afternoon? You’ll love these crunchy, spicy pepitas!

Pepitas are a kind of pumpkin seed without a hull. They’re only found in certain kinds of pumpkins, and they are absolutely delicious either raw or roasted.

I love them in this spicy recipe. You simply toss the seeds in seasoning, add a little lime juice, then roast until they’re lightly browned and toasted. How easy is that?

The result is packed with flavor and has the perfect crunch to satisfy your snack craving. Plus they’re low-carb, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly!

How to make spicy pepitas

Pepitas are great to whip up for a tasty bite or as a topping for salads, wraps, and more! And it only takes five simple steps to make them:

Ingredients in individual ramekins

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 2: Add the pumpkin seeds, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and salt to a medium bowl and toss to combine.

Ingredients in a glass bowl

Step 3: Add the lime juice and toss again until the seeds are evenly coated in the spice mixture.

Pepitas coated in spices

Step 4: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the seeds out on the sheet.

Step 5: Bake for about 9 minutes, shaking the pan every 3 minutes or so until the seeds are lightly browned and dry.

Baked spicy pepitas on a baking tray

Remove from the oven, allow to cool, and enjoy!

Variations for this recipe

I wanted my spice mix for this recipe to have a Southwestern flavor profile. That’s why I chose cumin, chili powder, and cayenne with a bit of lime juice for my seasonings.

But you can absolutely get creative with the spices you use!

For a cooler flavor, try a bit of dried dill and black pepper. For something savory, mix up some garlic powder and dried rosemary. Or to keep it super simple, you could simply salt the seeds before roasting.

If you decide not to use the lime juice, you’ll need something to help the spices stick to the seeds. You could replace the lime with lemon juice for an easy switch with a milder flavor.

You could also swap the citrus juice for a bit of olive oil. Keep in mind that this will increase the fat content of each serving, but it will also help the pepitas roast.

Feel free to play around with this recipe!

Bowl of spicy pepitas seen from above

Storage

These tasty little seeds can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

They will stay fresh for up to a week and maybe as long as two. You can keep them around for a quick snack when you’re craving something crunchy.

Spoon with pepitas above bowl on table

Other roasted seed and nut recipes

Want to know one of the easiest ways to prep a healthy snack you can eat on the go? Just toss some seeds or nuts with your favorite spices, roast them in the oven, and enjoy!

If you need some inspiration, here are a few of my favorite recipes I think you’ll enjoy:

When you’ve tried this snack, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!

Recipe Card

Spicy Pepitas

Spicy Pepitas

When you need a quick and tasty snack, these spicy pepitas pack in just the right amount of flavor and crunch! They’re also delicious over a salad or in a wrap.

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

Total Time:15 minutes

Author:Diabetic Foodie

Servings:18

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  • Add the pumpkin seeds, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and salt to a medium bowl and toss to combine.

  • Add the lime juice and toss again until the seeds are evenly coated in the spice mixture.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the seeds out on the sheet.

  • Bake for about 9 minutes, shaking the pan every 3 minutes or so, until the seeds are lightly browned and dry.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is for 18 servings of pepitas. Each serving is 2 tablespoons.
The lime juice can be swapped out for olive oil to help the spices stick. Keep in mind that this will increase the fat content of each serving.
Roasted pepitas can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature and will stay fresh for 1-2 weeks.

Nutrition Info Per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Spicy Pepitas

Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)

Calories 83
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1.3g8%

Trans Fat 0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg0%

Sodium 135.5mg6%

Potassium 2.6mg0%

Carbohydrates 2.1g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 0g0%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 0IU0%

Vitamin C 0mg0%

Calcium 0mg0%

Iron 0mg0%

Net carbs 1.1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Appetizer, Snacks

Cuisine: Mexican

Diet: Diabetic

Keyword: easy snack recipes, pepitas, spicy pepitas

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