Poblano Pesto

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I had the pleasure of cooking up a recipe from Jennifer’s blog, Jen’s Journey.  Jennifer is a mother of two and a baker at heart (sound familiar?)

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Jennifer has so many lovely recipes, I had trouble choosing just one, but ultimately Poblano Pesto won out.  The pesto was absolutely phenomenal!  I loved the way the cool temperature of the pesto contradicted the spiciness of the peppers and how that tasted over a nice hot steak.

I had quite a bit of pesto left over and I can’t wait to share how I used that up!  Be sure to stop by Jen’s Journey and say, hi!

Poblano Pesto
Adapted from Jen’s Journey

2 poblano peppers
½ cup grated parmesan
¼ cup cilantro, packed
2 cloves garlic (1 tsp minced garlic)
1 tbsp chili powder
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of salt

Place the poblano peppers on a baking sheet under the broiler in the oven.  Cook until the peppers are blackened on all sides.  Remove from the oven and tent lightly with foil for 30 minutes.  Then, peel the blackened skin off the peppers and remove the stems and seeds; discard.  Roughly dice the remaining flesh of the peppers.

Toss the roasted poblano peppers and all the remaining ingredients into the bowl of the mini food processor or blender.  Pulse several times until the large pieces are broken up, but before the mixture is completely smooth.

Serve over freshly grilled steaks that have been lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.

Refrigerate any leftover pesto in an airtight container for up to a week.


  1. I never would have thought of making pesto out of poblanos. Sounds delish.


  2. I really love this idea of poblano pesto. Is it very spicy, I hope so? Sounds wonderful and I have a couple of poblanos needing so love.

    1. This was surprisingly mild, in my opinion. I'd add a dash of cayenne pepper (or maybe a roasted jalapeno!) To punch up the spiciness!

  3. I've never heard of poblano pesto before, but it sounds delicious - and I bet it's amazing over a juicy grilled steak. Thank you so much for sharing the pesto with Made with Love Mondays and I'm so happy you could join!

  4. Ohhhhhhhhh :) Pinned this for later use. my hubby will LOVE this! :) Thank you!
    Visiting you from SRC! :) <3

  5. This recipe is just great! I love the idea of using poblano peppers for pesto! It must be delicious! Great pick for SRC!

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  6. Wonderful, thanks for sharing this recipe, I do make pesto's but never thought of making pesto with poblanos.., looks gorgeous, beautiful clicks..

  7. I need this in my life. Thank you for posting!!!

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  8. I love the spicy Latin twist on classic pesto...ingenious!

  9. looks fantastic. I do something very similar and its always delicious! yum

  10. What a fun alternative to the usual pesto. The peppers must add a nice 'pop' to the other flavors in this unique dynamic. Quite nice!

  11. This sounds wonderful. I'll bet it paired lovely with the beef. I'm curious about the other ways you used it!

  12. I don't care for regular pesto, but this just looks amazing. I'll definitely be making this. Beautiful pics!

  13. What a fabulous recipe, this looks absolutely delicious!! :)

  14. This pesto looks to die for! I can't wait to slather this on everything!

  15. Hi Amy,
    I can't wait to try this awesome recipe!
    Cooking with you in the SRC-B
    Miz Helen

  16. This looks absolutely delicious! What a fabulous recipe!

  17. That looks like a super-tasty pesto. The presentation on the steak is making me hungry!

  18. Hey, this is a new and very interesting way of making pesto. Also well done for the excellent presentation!

  19. This would be perfect dolloped in a taco salad, pinned!


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