Spicy Skillet-Tossed Pepitas

These spicy pepitas are addictive, and they pair beautifully with beer (or, hey, wine — don't let me stop you). You can put them together in less than 10 minutes, which makes them great to serve for last-minute guests. Our chili salt edamame are another great option, too.


Pepitas are just hulled pumpkin seeds. Buy them raw (you can usually get them in the bulk aisle of the supermarket) and store them in the fridge or freezer if you'll have them for more than a couple of weeks.

Spicy Skillet-Tossed Pepitas

This quick pepitas recipe makes a delicious snack that pairs beautifully with beer.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 12


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups pepitas
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • A big pinch ground cayenne pepper, to taste


  1. In a 10-inch skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Add the pepitas and toss to coat with the oil.
  3. Sprinkle on the paprika, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Cook, tossing frequently, until many of the pepitas have turned light brown and made a popping sound.
  5. Pour into a small bowl and serve as a bar snack.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 101 Total Fat:: 9.1g Carbohydrates:: 1.9g Fiber:: 1g Protein:: 4.9g