Chipotle Chili Spiced Pepitas

Pepitas sound a little foreign.

Like maybe they don’t belong in this all-English speaking house.

But like so many other foods with Hispanic names, (i.e. taquitos, nachos, tacos, empanadas, chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, pastilitos, picadillo,  lechon, carnitas. . . and so on. . . ) there’s pretty much no resisting them.

If you’re carving one of these this Halloween:

do yourself a favor and save those little seeds so you can bake up some salty savory pepitas.

Not all treats must be sweet.


Did I really just say that??!

Who am I, and where did you put Real Me?

Contemplate this while you dig through the slime and wash the seeds.

If you find me in there, let me know.

And maybe this would be a sweet, (as in “kind”), little gift for a friend this fall.

You know – for the friend that doesn’t eat sweets.

Do those people really exist? C’mon now. Be serious.

If you had to pick, would you be camp Chipotle, or camp Chocolate?

Hmm. I’m pretty sure we could combine them. . . .

But for now, let’s keep it simple –

seeds fresh from the pumpkin, olive oil, spices, and a quick little stint in the oven.


Salty, savory, slightly spicy satisfaction.



Chipotle Chili Spiced Pepitas


  • 1 cup fresh, raw pumpkin seeds, washed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • a couple shakes of chipotle hot sauce (Chipotle Cholula is what I used)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place all ingredients in a zip top baggie. Zip closed and shake until evenly coated. Pour coated seeds out onto cookie sheet and spread around evenly.
  • Bake for 15- 20 minutes, until slightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for several days, and snack at will.




6 thoughts on “Chipotle Chili Spiced Pepitas

  1. Just tried these and they are quite tasty but a little high maintenance to wash those slimy suckers! I also accidentally cut out the teeth on our jack-o-lantern so he has a goofy toothless grin. Fail!

    • I know! They ARE slimy, and it does take a while to wash them – that’s why I only did one cup – I was too lazy to do the rest!! Our Jack-o-lantern had teeth, but we carved it too early, and it started to rot, so then he looked like an old man without his dentures in. . . .

    • That’s a good question. I’m not sure. Since the store bought ones are usually already roasted or dried, doing it again may dry them out too much. Sorry! I wish I could be more help. If you try it, I would just cut the baking time way down, and watch them closely. Let me know how it goes if you decide to give it a shot!

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