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Basil Chile Pesto

Basil Green Chile Pesto

Basil Chile Pesto is super simple to make, bursting with flavor, and incredibly versatile as a condiment, on sandwiches, on pasta, in casseroles, use your imagination.

This is a super simple version of pesto that I’ll be making again and again and using in all kinds of dishes – sandwiches (obviously), pasta, on potatoes, in casseroles, you name it.

I’ve made it two different ways – totally from scratch and using a premade pesto from the deli section of King Soopers. When I made it from scratch, I used this Classic Pesto recipe from Epicurious, but I substituted walnuts for the pine nuts. I made the recipe and then blended the green chiles with it. Then I made this Basil Chile Pesto just by blending green chiles with the store-bought pesto. Then I compared them side by side. Perhaps the homemade was a notch better, but it was hard to tell the difference. I will also be trying the pesto from Costco.

Bottom line? It’s not worth it to make the whole thing from scratch. When you use the pesto in a dish, I doubt that anyone could tell the difference.

Basil Chile Pesto
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A very simple, spicy pesto that can be used in a wide variety of dishes
Serves: 1.5 cups
  • 1 cup basil pesto (from the deli section of the grocery store)
  • ½ cup hot green chiles (I used Sandia)
  1. Dump the pesto and green chiles in the blender and puree until semi-smooth


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