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Pumpkin Seed Dip

January 16, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes 4 servings
Author Notes

I found this recipe from Rick Bayless and it is an Ancient Mayan dip which consists of roasted tomatoes, hulled pumpkin seeds, lime juice and a pinch of cayenne. The simplicity of this dish makes for an absolutely delicious healthy dip. There is absolutely no oil used and it is full of bright, zesty, flavors. A "different" dip that everyone should have in their repertoire. It is best served warm but just as wonderful at room temperature served with baguette slices. Everyone I have served this to raves about this dip. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do —NuM NuM

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 3 Ripe plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 pinch cayenne or chili powder
  • 1/2 finely grated garlic
  • 1 lime, juiced
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Spread seeds in one layer on a baking sheet and check after a 3-4 minutes. When you hear the first one pops, stir constantly until all have popped from flat to round, about 5 minutes. Don't let them darken past golden or the dip will taste bitter. Pour into a food processor, let cool, then grind to as smooth a paste as possible, scraping down the sides several times to ensure even grinding
  2. Roast the tomatoes. Spread the tomatoes on a baking sheet and place 4 inches below a very hot broiler. Roast until splotchy-black and thoroughly soft, about 6 minutes per side. Cool. Peel and chop into 1/4-inch pieces
  3. Finish the dip. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, onion and parsley. Stir in enough lime juice to give the mixture a dip-like consistency. Taste and season with salt and chili powder (usually about a scant teaspoon)
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Judy B. November 19, 2017
I found that this recipe had different ingredients than that of Rick Bayless. I suspected something was off when I read 'red onion'. The Bayless Yucatecan Pumpkin seed dip had canned fire roasted tomatoes, almost twice the amount of pumpkin seeds, a mixture of lime and orange juices, Tahini, hot sauce, cilantro, and additional salt and pepper.