Home » Appetizers » Jalapeno Basil Pesto Recipe

Translate this page into your language: [google-translator]
| All Recipes.. |

Fresh Basil Pesto is a wonderful thing to have around all year long but unfortunately, basil is a seasonal plant. So when the weather is turning cold and demise of your basil plant is inevitable, put the basil leaves to good use and make this Jalapeno Basil Pesto recipe. Make a big batch of this “pesto with a twist” to use now and freeze the rest for later.

Basic Proportions: (feel free to double, triple, quadruple, …. )

Fresh Basil Leaves – 1 cup packed
Olive Oil – 1 tsp
Garlic – 2 large cloves
Jalapeno Pepper – 1 or to taste, roughly chopped
Walnuts – 1/4 cup
Parmesan Cheese – 1/4 cup
Olive Oil – 1/4 cup plus additional as needed for serving
Salt – to taste
Black Pepper – to taste
Lemon Juice – to taste


1. Remove Basil Leaves from the stems and wash well. Place them on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel, cover with another towel and dab dry.
2. Heat 1 tsp Olive Oil in a skillet and quickly saute Garlic and Jalapeno on high heat. Remove into another plate to cool when Garlic turns light brown and Jalapeno skin starts to blister.
3. In a food processor, add Walnuts and pulse lightly.
4. Add cooled Jalapeno and Garlic and pulse lightly.
5. Add Basil Leaves and pulse until roughly chopped.
6. Add Olive Oil slowly while continuing to pulse.
7. Add Parmesan Cheese and process for about 15 seconds until mixture is smooth but still has a little texture.
8. Remove into a bowl and add Salt, Black Pepper and Lemon Juice to taste.
9. To serve as a dip with bread cubes, place a small amount of pesto in a plate, drizzle Olive Oil over the top and sprinkle some fresh ground black pepper.

1. Pesto will remain fresh for 3-4 days in the fridge and up to 4 months in the freezer.
2. To keep your pesto green, when you put your pesto in a jar to refrigerate, always make sure you have at least 1/2 inch of olive oil on top. When you remove a table spoon for cooking, just always make sure there is 1/2 inch of olive oil on top.
3. Also try mixing your cheese last. The food processor changes the taste of the Parmesan cheese so add it after your pesto is mixed.

| All Recipes.. |

Pin It

Stay informed

Other Interesting Indian Appetizers

Paneer Pinwheels - Party Appetizer recipe Chakli (Chakri Murukku) recipe Namak Pare (Savory Bites) recipe Khaman - Gujarati Appetizer recipe
Hot & Spicy Sev - A Perfect Savory Snack / Namkeen recipe Sauteed Stuffed Jalapenos recipe Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe Spinach & Artichoke Dip recipe
Samosa - Indian Appetizer recipe Quick Snacks recipe Puri for Pani Puri recipe Pani for Pani Puri - Indian Chat Recipe recipe
Mirchi Bhajji recipe Queso Dip recipe Seven Layer Dip recipe Egg Rolls recipe
Batata Vada (Vada Pav) recipe Pizza Dip - A Perfect Party Appetizer recipe Guacamole, A Mexican Side Kick! recipe Ragda Patties (Pattice) recipe
Hummus recipe Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce recipe Reshmi Kebab recipe Dum Kebab (Meatloaf) Recipe recipe
Tofu Stir-Fry recipe Masaledar Aloo (Spiced Potatoes) recipe Curried Chicken Bites recipe Vegetable Cutlets Recipe recipe
Khandvi - Gujarati Snack recipe Seekh Kebab Recipe recipe Tawa Gobi - Pan Seared Cauliflower recipe Spicy Potato Wedges recipe
Healthy Cereal Chivda - A Perfect Munchie! recipe Vegetable Quesadilla recipe Dahi Vada - Indian Appetizer Recipe recipe Desi Fondue recipe
Fish Cutlets recipe Aloo Tikki - Indian Appetizer Recipe recipe Crispy Seasoned Arbi (Taro Root) - Indian Snack Recipe recipe Stuffed Peppers - Indian Appetizer Recipe recipe
How to Make Vegetable Puffs - Indian Snack Recipe recipe How to make Sooji Dhokla - Indian Appetizer Recipes recipe Bread Idli recipe Channa Dal Bada (Bhajji) recipe
Sarvapindi recipe Bread Pakoda recipe Poha Chivda recipe Black Bean & Corn Dip recipe
Pakodas - Crispy Fried Fritters recipe Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian (Dry) recipe Rice Cheela recipe Fish Cutlets recipe
Urad Dal Kebab recipe Tikkas - Chicken & Paneer recipe Bread Cutlet recipe Dahi Sev Puri (Chaat) recipe
Masala Peanuts (aka Raja Special ) recipe Adai recipe Tri-Color Stir-fry recipe Papdi Chaat recipe
Pan-Seared Shrimp recipe Bhel Puri - Chaat recipe Roasted Chutney Paneer recipe Rava Idli - Indian Cuisine Recipes recipe
Masala Papad recipe Puda / Chilla (Savoury Pancakes) recipe Shammi Kebabs recipe