Fresh Jalapeno Pesto

5 from 1 vote

Easy to make jalapeno pesto with fresh ingredients. Add some spice to your dishes!

jalapeno pesto
  • Easy to make jalapeno pesto with fresh ingredients
  • Simple way to change up some of your favorite dishes.
  • Vegan friendly: made with parmesan but with one substitute it can be made vegan.

One of my favorite ways to use jalapeno pesto is to make my garlic buttered bread jalapeno pesto grilled cheese!

Other ideas include in pasta, spaghetti squash, pizza and even salads.

jalaepno pesto grilled cheese


  • Jalapeno
  • Basil
  • Pine nuts (substitute ideas below)
  • Parmesan (substitute nutritional yeast to make vegan)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
jalapeno pesto ingredients

Making the pesto

It couldn’t be any easier to make this.

  1. Trim the jalapeno and garlic cloves.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend.

That’s it!

jalapeno pesto

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jalapeno pesto

Jalapeno Pesto

Shilpa Joshi
Easy to make jalapeno pesto with fresh ingredients. Add some spice to your dishes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 quarter cups (1 cup total)
Calories 370 kcal


  • Blender


  • 2 cups basil fresh
  • ½ cup parmesan can go up to 3/4 cup dependent on consistency preference
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • jalapenos
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • cup pine nuts substitute walnuts if needed
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients except olive oil to food processer and blend.
  • Slowly add in the olive oil while blending to prevent emulsification.. Enjoy!


Substitute walnuts for pine nuts
You can try substituting nutritional yeast for parmesan to make it vegan. Once I try it I will update the post.


Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 7gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 202mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 787IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 172mgIron: 1mg
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