Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe - Authentic Mexican Flavors

Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe - Authentic Mexican Flavors
Region / culture: Mexico | Preparation time: 1 day | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4


Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed year-round. This recipe takes the traditional roasted pumpkin seed and kicks it up a notch with a fiery and spicy twist. Perfect for those who love a little heat in their snacks, these Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are sure to be a hit at your next gathering or as a tasty treat for yourself.


Roasted pumpkin seeds have been enjoyed for centuries, with origins dating back to Native American tribes who would dry and roast the seeds for a crunchy and satisfying snack. Over time, different variations of roasted pumpkin seeds have emerged, with flavors ranging from sweet to savory. This recipe puts a modern spin on the classic roasted pumpkin seed by adding a fiery kick with spices like cayenne, chili powder, and Tabasco sauce.


How to prepare

  1. Clean the pumpkin seeds by rinsing them with water and then allowing them to dry completely.
  2. The drying process may take at least a day.
  3. Preheat the oven to 300°F (149°C).
  4. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter with Tabasco, cayenne, cumin, and chili powder.
  5. Place the pumpkin seeds in the bowl and stir them well to ensure they are coated with the butter mixture.
  6. Spread the coated seeds in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle salt to taste over the seeds.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring once halfway through to ensure even baking.
  9. Allow the seeds to cool completely for maximum crispiness.
  10. Store the seeds in an airtight container.


  • For a sweeter version, try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar before baking.
  • Experiment with different spice blends, such as curry powder or smoked paprika, for unique flavor profiles.
  • Add a handful of dried herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, for a savory twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to thoroughly clean and dry the pumpkin seeds before roasting to ensure maximum crispiness.

- Stir the seeds halfway through baking to ensure even cooking.

- Allow the seeds to cool completely before storing to maintain their crunchiness.

- Adjust the amount of spices to suit your taste preferences - add more cayenne for extra heat or reduce the amount for a milder flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy these Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds as a snack on their own, or sprinkle them over salads, soups, or roasted vegetables for an added crunch and flavor.

Cooking Techniques

Roasting the pumpkin seeds at a low temperature allows them to cook slowly and evenly, resulting in a crispy texture without burning.

Ingredient Substitutions

Substitute olive oil for butter for a dairy-free version.

- Use your favorite hot sauce in place of Tabasco for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

These Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in small bowls or jars for a stylish presentation. Garnish with fresh herbs or a sprinkle of additional spices for an extra pop of color and flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair these Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with a cold beer or a glass of crisp white wine for a delicious snack combination.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store the Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. To reheat, place the seeds in a 300°F (149°C) oven for a few minutes until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds contains approximately 8 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, zinc, and iron.


This recipe contains dairy (butter) and may not be suitable for those with dairy allergies.


Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a nutritious snack that is high in protein and healthy fats. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, making them a great addition to a balanced diet.


Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a tasty and nutritious snack that is easy to make and perfect for those who love a little heat in their snacks. With a crunchy texture and a spicy kick, these roasted pumpkin seeds are sure to be a hit with friends and family alike. Enjoy them on their own or as a flavorful addition to your favorite dishes.

How did I get this recipe?

I have a clear recollection of the first time I saw this recipe for Fiery Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl living in a small rural town. My grandmother, who was known for her delicious cooking, would often experiment with new recipes she learned from her friends and neighbors. One day, she came home with a large pumpkin and announced that she was going to make something special with it - fiery roasted pumpkin seeds.

As a curious child, I followed my grandmother into the kitchen, eager to learn how to make this unique dish. She carefully cut open the pumpkin, scooped out the seeds, and cleaned them in a bowl of water. She then spread them out on a baking sheet and sprinkled them with a secret combination of spices that she had gathered from her friends in the village.

I watched in awe as she placed the baking sheet in the oven and waited for the seeds to roast to perfection. The aroma that filled the kitchen was intoxicating - a combination of smoky, spicy, and savory flavors that made my mouth water.

When the seeds were finally ready, my grandmother sprinkled them with a bit of sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. She handed me a handful to try, and I was instantly hooked. The crunch of the seeds, combined with the fiery kick of the spices, was unlike anything I had ever tasted before.

From that day on, I begged my grandmother to make fiery roasted pumpkin seeds whenever she could. I would watch her closely, taking mental notes of the ingredients and techniques she used to create this delectable snack. And as I grew older, I began to experiment with the recipe on my own, adding my own twist to make it uniquely mine.

Over the years, I have shared this recipe with friends and family, passing down the tradition of fiery roasted pumpkin seeds from generation to generation. Each time I make them, I am reminded of that first day in the kitchen with my grandmother, watching her work her magic with those humble pumpkin seeds.

And now, as I sit here in my own kitchen, preparing a batch of fiery roasted pumpkin seeds for my own grandchildren, I can't help but feel a sense of pride and nostalgia. This recipe has become a cherished part of my family's culinary heritage, a reminder of the love and passion that my grandmother instilled in me through her cooking.

So as I sprinkle the seeds with spices and slide them into the oven, I say a silent thank you to my grandmother for introducing me to this delicious dish. And I know that wherever she is, she is smiling down on me, proud to see that her legacy lives on through the fiery roasted pumpkin seeds that have become a beloved tradition in our family.


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