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Sikil P’ak (Pumpkin Seed Salsa)

If salsa verde and hummus had a child, it would be this dip. Sikil p’ak, which in Mayan means “pumpkin seed” and “tomato” respectively, is inspired by the Yucatecan version with its subtle smokiness keeps everyone coming back for more. If you make one new recipe this year, make THIS ONE. Bring it to every gathering, and you will have everyone asking what is this, who brought this, we need the recipe…!

YIELDS: 4 servings

TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes


  • 3/4 c. plus 1 tablespoon hulled raw pepitas (about 5 ounces)
  • 4 tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed (about 6 ounces)
  • 2 shallots, peeled (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeño, stem removed
  • 2 c. cilantro, leaves and tender stems roughly chopped, plus leaves for garnish
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1/4 c. fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste


Sliced cucumbers


Raw jicama sticks

Corn tortillas

Plantain chips


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  1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, toast pepitas, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes; set aside 1 tablespoon for garnish. Transfer remaining pepitas to a food processor or blender, and process/blend until finely ground, about 30 seconds. It should look like wet sand.
  2. In the same skillet over medium-high heat, add tomatillos, shallots, garlic, and jalapeño. Cook, turning as needed with tongs, until charred on all sides, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  3. To the food processor/blender, add cilantro, lime zest and juice, and salt. Pulse about 20 times until cilantro is fully incorporated.
  4. Add charred tomatillos, shallots, garlic and jalapeño, and process until coarsely chopped, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and more lime juice as you like. It should taste nutty, limey, and herby.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with reserved pepitas and cilantro leaves. Serve with crudités, tortillas and chips.