Green Chile Cilantro Pesto

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is no ordinary pesto! This is pesto New Mexico style. Recipe comes from Real New Mexico Chile Cookbook by Sandy Szwarc. Hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a blender or food processor add the chiles, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, nuts, olive oil, and garlic.
  2. Puree until amost smooth. Stir in the grated cheese, taste and adjust salt to taste.


Most Helpful

This is SO good! I love pesto, and cilantro makes a very special and different pesto. We had it over pasta, but I can see many possibilities with this recipe. You have so many good recipes, PaulaG. Thanks!

TxGriffLover August 05, 2007

What a fantastic idea! I got a panini maker for Christmas and tagged this recipe in Zaar tag because I thought it might be good on a roast beef panini with some asiago cheese. I had a difficult time getting cilantro because of a recent freeze here in California. As a result, I only made 1/4th of the recipe (yielded a little over 1 cup). The flavor was absolutely wonderful. I can really see the possibilities. It was great as a dip with tortilla chips (kind of like a flavorful guacamole), the roast beef sandwich was heaven...I even think it would be tasty on pasta or toast triangles. Highly recommended (5 cups would be a lot though!).

Sharlene~W February 06, 2007

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