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Spicy Cilantro Pecan Pesto

Spicy Cilantro Pecan Pesto


Easy right? Ok, so I had a large batch of rooted cilantro from my Asian store and it was wilting fast…what to do? Make a pesto. So, I wanted it to be unique and decided to use roasted pecans I’d been saving for a special recipe and decided this was it. I also had some lemon basil left in my garden from the boat and thought it was a brilliant idea to add to this mix. It came out amazing and can be used in any recipe that calls for pesto or as a marinade or in a salad dressing. Just a handy pesto to make your meal or dish pop!

Suggestions for use:

  • Marinate for meats, a flank steak works beautifully.
  • Marinade for fish and pork.
  • Add a tablespoon in my Foolproof Mayo for french fries or tortilla dip!
  • Use a teaspoon in your omelets.
  • Add to your favorite salad dressing.
  • Add to your favorite Mexican salsa or sauces.
  • Place a dollop inside your quesadilla before grilling!
  • Use with fish tacos or carnitas.
  • The list is endless…

Here we go, within 15 minutes you have created a typical meal into an outrageous meal!


Spicy Cilantro Pecan Pesto

September 15, 2020
: 2/3 cup
: 15 min
: Easy


  • 2 batches of freshly washed cilantro (about 3 stuffed cups with stems)
  • 1 cup of freshly washed lemon basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (a little bit more to cover the top of the stored pesto)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeño (keep seeds in if you're daring!)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans
  • Step 1 In your small immersion blender food process attachment or in a small food processor, place all the ingredients and blend until smooth!
  • Step 2 Place in an airtight jar and cover the top with a bit of olive oil to keep it from drying out.
  • Step 3 If your eating cheese, you can add 2 tablespoons of goat cheese or queso fresco to the mix!

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