Green Pepita Sauce for Everything

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Delicious green pepita sauce, an authentic recipe from Mexico

Authentic green pepita sauce
Authentic green pepita sauce

The green pepita sauce is used to garnish green pozole, but it is also the base for pepian, emperor Moctezuma’s favorite dish prior the conquest of the Spaniards. This recipe has toasted pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, garlic, serrano peppers, and cilantro. The secret to obtaining the authentic flavors is to toast the ingredients before blending.

How to use pumpkin seeds in Mexican cuisine

Ingredients for the Green Pepita Sauce
Ingredients for the Green Pepita Sauce

Many of the traditional Mexican recipes have their origin in Prehispanic roots. In Yucatan, pips are used for papatzules and to make a hot sauce called H’a Sikil P’ak, made of smoked habaneros, grilled pepitas, sour orange juice, and roasted tomatoes.

The green pepita sauce is a typical side dish that originated in the state of Guerrero, where the green pork pozole was born. Each region in Mexico has its customs and flavors, making Mexican cuisine so varied and exquisite. This sauce can be used to flavor not only the pozole, but it goes very well with quesadillas, tacos, carne asada, and others. Use it in saucy dishes like this turkey pepian dinner. A fantastic option for Thanksgiving or any other special occasion.

Prepare the green pepita sauce it is effortless and delicious!

The green pepita sauce is a typical side dish from Guerrero

Authentic green pepita sauce

Green Pepita Sauce

Chef Adriana Martin
Delicious green pepita sauce, an authentic recipe from Mexico. Made with toasted pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, garlic, serrano peppers, and cilantro.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauces, preserves, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 14 cups


  • 1 cup of pepitas roasted
  • 10 tomatillos
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 serrano peppers
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sea salt


  • Clean the tomatillos by removing the husk.  Use running water to wash the tomatillos and the serrano peppers. Peel the garlic cloves. Cut a small bunch of cilantro and clean with running water. Let it rest on a towel to dry. 
  • In a skillet roast the green pepitas slightly, make sure not to burn. The pumpkin seeds are roasted to release some of the oils for a tasty nutty flavor. 
  • In a comal or a skillet roast the tomatillos, the serranos, and the garlic. Make sure to toast well as this roasting process is what gives the authentic Mexican flavor. 
  • Place all ingredients in the blender, add some water, granulated sea salt, and cumin. 
  • Blend until getting a thick sauce and store on a mason jar or a plastic container with a lid. Keep refrigerated or freeze. 



  • The secret to obtaining the authentic flavors is to toast the ingredients before blending.
  • The pepitas should not be toasted too much to maintain their characteristic green color. 


Serving: 0gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword pepitas, salsa verde, tomatillos
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5 stars
I made this to go with a prime NY strip and it was superb! Everybody was raving over it. I forgot cumin but everyone said no big deal. Great, easy recipe.


5 stars
It is quite rare to see a good quality green pepita sauce these days. At least I haven’t happened to stumble upon many. So this is a rare find for me and I salute to the result!

Stephanie Simmons

5 stars
What a unique way to use pepitas! I love them and tomatillos so this sounds super delicious!

Chef Mireille

5 stars
oooh – I’m definitely going to try this one! I’ve pinned it my To Try list – maybe this Christmas!


5 stars
I fell in love with tomatillos a few years ago when I was first introduced to it by my friend. Since then, I’ve always enjoyed the different ways to use them in sauces. This green pepita sauce just made it to my list. I am pinning this to try it. I was actually thinking with plantains too.

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