Jalapeño Pesto

It doesn’t take much to turn your traditional pesto into something a lot spicier. Jalapeño pesto is very simple to make; it’s an excellent way to amp up the flavor of pasta and appetizers.

Is jalapeño not spicy enough for you? We understand. Take a trek up the pepper scale to serrano pepper and use it as a substitute. Opt for two serrano chilies as they tend to be smaller than the jalapeño.

jalapeño pesto

Jalapeño Pesto

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Servings 8 servings
Calories 223 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, finely chop by pulsing the walnuts and garlic.
  • Add the jalapeño, the Parmesan cheese, and basil and process the mixture until fully blended.
  • Slowly pour in olive oil while processing until the oil and pesto mix is combined.
  • To taste, season with salt and pepper.

Notes

Swap out the jalapeño pepper for two serrano peppers (they are typically smaller) to increase the heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 442mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 409IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 1mg

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on February 19, 2022 to include new content.
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chieko

Add some green Thai chiles for heat!