Chili Lime Roasted Pepitas

5 servings
20 min

Roasted Pepitas are the perfect healthy snack! These homemade roasted pepitas are packed with 7g of protein per serving, flavor and crunch! (Gluten-free)


Pumpkin seeds are made of two parts: the shell (cream colored) and the pepita or kernel (green color). Both are edible!

Pepitas and pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein (up to 12g per cup!) and have a good range of nutrients and antioxidants. Pepitas and raw pumpkin seeds are naturally gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and Whole30 friendly.

You can buy raw pumpkin seeds and remove the pepitas yourself, but it is much easier to purchase hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) instead!

Tips for Perfectly Roasted Pepitas

1. Spread Out Mixture Evenly

You want the pepitas to be semi crowded but still even so that all ingredients can toast evenly.

2. Use Parchment Paper

You don’t want the pepitas mixture to stick to the pan. Parchment paper helps.

3. Let the Roasted Pepitas Cool

Let the pepitas cool before removing from the pan.

Chili Lime Roasted Pepitas
Recipe details
  • 5  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 4 Ounces Raw Pepitas about 1 cup
  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 - 1 Teaspoon Chili Lime Seasoning like low sodium Tajín; recommend seasoning per taste

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, mix pepitas, olive oil and seasoning. Toss to coat evenly. (Note: my chili lime seasoning contains salt. If yours does not, add ½ teaspoon per 1 cup of raw pepitas).
Empty seasoned pepitas onto a parchment lined baking tray.
Add into the oven for 12-15 minutes. Stir halfway through.
When time is done (pepitas will be golden brown), remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
Transfer into airtight container.
Pepitas last 1 week at room temperature in airtight container.
  • This roasted pepitas recipe does not result in spicy pepitas, the flavor is more of a savory Mexican twist. For a spicier flavor, try adding a pinch of chili powder (some heat) or a pinch of cayenne (spicier).
  • Pepitas - Substitute for sunflower seeds.
  • Olive Oil - This helps roast the pepitas! Substitute for your favorite neutral oil, like avocado oil or coconut oil.
  • Chili Lime Seasoning - I love using Low-Sodium Tajín or Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning. You can substitute for any type of tequila lime or taco seasoning with fresh lime juice.
  • Store toasted pepitas in an airtight container. It can be kept at room temperature for up to one week.
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