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Roasted poblano pesto (Vegan, GF, DF)

Roasted poblano pesto made without parmesan cheese. A flavorful appetizer or side dish. Great for tacos, roasted vegetables, sandwiches, cold pesto pasta salads.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 15 tablespoon
Calories 21 kcal


  • Blender (To get smooth & creamy texture, I use ninja foodie blender)
  • Food Processor (To get coarse paste)


  • 2 poblano peppers
  • ½ cup cilantro tightly packed
  • ¼ cup walnuts any nuts or use seeds to make it nutfree
  • 1 jalapeno or adjust as per taste
  • 1 lemon 1.5 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 garlic pods
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or adjust as per taste


  • To begin with, first, wash and clean the peppers. Preheat the air fryer at 400F and transfer them into the basket. On high-temperature settings set the timer for 15 minutes. Flip them over after every 5 minutes, and roast until you see charred peppers from all the sides.
    2 poblano peppers
  • Once they are charred, place them in a glass bowl and cover them for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the skin, stems, and seeds.
    2 poblano peppers
  • At the final step, transfer all ingredients to the blender except olive oil. Blend till you get a smooth and creamy texture. Adjust salt as per taste. Garnish with olive oil and chopped walnut.
    2 poblano peppers, ½ cup cilantro, ¼ cup walnuts, 1 jalapeno, 1 lemon, 3 garlic pods, ½ teaspoon salt


  • This pesto coming together even without adding olive oil. You can add a little while serving.
  • Adjust the heat as per taste.
  • Pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days easily. Even freezing it for up to a month is fine. Just portion out the sauce in ice trays and freeze. Once frozen keep them in a ziplock and store them.


Calories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 78mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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