Super Bowl Spicy Pumpkin Seeds 3 Comments

Feb 4, 2010

Whether you’re a football lover or not, you’re surely aware that this Sunday it’s all about getting that pigskin into the end zone. And if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, or you’ve offered to bring a snack to someone else’s party, you know the norm: potato chips and processed dip (with some frightening ingredients). But it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of serving the same boring old stuff, why not blow everybody away with your Super Bowl snacks? Break tradition and make something healthy and delicious instead: spicy toasted pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin seeds contain lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium and iron, and are high in fiber, so they’re a healthy snack. They’re popular in many cultures; in Mexico, spicy toasted pumpkin seeds are called pepitas, and have a lot in common with the simple recipe below. The pumpkin seeds release their nutty flavor into the oil when you toast them, while the ancho chili powder and cayenne pepper add a spicy bite. (They also create an irresistible scent throughout your home, which will surprise your guests!)

So impress your Super Bowl guests—or fellow football fans—with this pumpkin seed recipe, or make a batch to keep around as a healthy snack. They’re great in a bowl all on their own, on top of a salad, or sprinkled over your half-time chili.

No matter which team you’re rooting for this year, this delicious snack with help you enjoy the game, foodie style.

Super Bowl Spicy Pumpkin Seeds (Image 2)


3 cups raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons canola or sunflower oil
1 ½ tablespoons ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


3 cups

Prep Time

3 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and toss with the oil, ancho powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once. Let cool and store in an airtight container.


Bobby Flay – Food Network

Filed Under

Appetizer, Food Gift Ideas and Vegetarian Recipes

Spices Used

Cayenne Pepper

Other Ingredients Used

Pumpkin Seeds


Secretly I think the only reason I get pumpkins at Halloween is for the seeds. Roasting them are one of my most favorite things to do!

Dawn Hutchins, over 4 years ago

Yum, and they make your skin look good too! Or at least that is what my Mom says always happens to her after eating a bunch of pumpkin seeds. Supposedly the next day is all compliments...

Stella, over 4 years ago

It looks very spicy.

strobe light, over 3 years ago

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