Pumpkin Seed Salsa (Sikil P’ak)

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Pumpkin Seed Salsa (Sikil P’ak)
This earthy toasted pumpkin seed salsa, a specialty of the Yucatan, is rich, thick, and satisfying. Serve it with tortilla chips for dipping. Get the recipe for Sikil P’ak ». Todd Coleman
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This earthy toasted pumpkin seed salsa, a specialty of the Yucatan, is rich, thick, and satisfying. Serve it with tortilla chips for dipping. This recipe first appeared in our August/September 2012 issue with Hugo Ortega's article Special Sauce.

Yield: makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cups raw, unhulled pumpkin seeds (available at <a href="https://nuts.com/snacks/pumpkinseeds/raw-inshell.html">nuts.com</a>)
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cored
  • 1 habanero chile, stemmed
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped chives
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat an 8″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin seeds, and cook, swirling pan often, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, and process until smooth, about 45 seconds; set aside.
  2. Return skillet to heat and add tomatoes and chile; cook, turning as needed, until charred all over, about 5 minutes for the chile, 7 minutes for the tomatoes. Transfer to food processor with pumpkin seeds along with cilantro, chives, and salt, and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, and serve at room temperature.