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October 4, 2022

by Alyssa

Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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These chili roasted pumpkin seeds are spicy, salty, and easy to make. It's a vegan snack that's bursting with flavor, and perfect for any time of day. 

Tray of chili roasted pumpkin seeds with a spoon

Chili roasted pumpkin seeds are the ultimate snack. They’re crunchy, salty, and spicy. And best of all, they’re vegan, easy to make, and healthy! What more could you ask for in a snack? 

These pumpkin seeds are delicious partly because they’re so simple. With only salt and chili powder for seasoning, the natural flavor of roasted pumpkin seeds really shines through. You’ll find yourself snacking on them all through the day! My favorite way to eat them is at happy hour with a nice drink, such as my lemon maple bourbon cocktail.

Making chili roasted pumpkin seeds is a great way to use the entire squash when you buy a pumpkin. Using a whole ingredient is a terrific way to have a more sustainable kitchen, and these mouth-watering, crispy pumpkin seeds do exactly that.

All the ingredients for chili roasted pumpkin seeds

What You’ll Need

This recipe only has a few ingredients. Make sure to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page to find the exact quantities. 

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Water
  • Oil – You can use whatever oil you prefer
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt

How to Get the Seeds Out of a Pumpkin

Getting the seeds out of a pumpkin is very easy. Simply cut off the top of the squash, and pull all of the seeds out with either a spoon or your hands. They’ll have pumpkin fibers on them, but that’s okay … you’ll wash it off later!

After you’ve removed the seeds, you can make other tasty treats with the pumpkin. Check out my favorite healthy pumpkin recipes to find something yummy to make!

How to Make Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These crispy, spicy treats are incredibly easy to make, and are done in well under an hour!

Prep. Preheat the oven to 375F. 

Clean the seeds. Pull off the big chunks of pumpkin fibers, then place the pumpkin seeds in a strainer. Wash them in cold water until they’re completely clean.

Cook the seeds. Place the pumpkin seeds in a small pot and add water. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the pumpkin seeds after they’re done, and put them in a bowl.

A saucepan with water and pumpkin seeds next to a bowl of boiled pumpkin seeds

Season. Add oil, salt, and chili powder to the pumpkin seeds. Toss them until they’re coated.

A bowl of pumpkin seeds with seasonings, unstirred, next to a bowl with the seasonings mixed in

Roast. Put the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Roast the seeds for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When they’re lightly browned and crispy, then they’re done. 

A tray of chili roasted pumpkin seeds unbaked, next to a tray baked

Cool. Remove the pumpkin seeds from the oven and cool them on the baking sheet.

Tips for Success

Here are a few ways to make sure that these spicy chili roasted pumpkin seeds come out perfectly every time. 

  • Dry the seeds. After you boil the pumpkin seeds, let them dry before adding them to the bowl. This will help the oil and seasonings adhere to the seeds.
  • Stir frequently. Make sure you stir the pumpkin seeds a few times while they’re in the oven. This will ensure even roasting on all the seeds. 
  • Let them cool. It can be tempting to eat the roast pumpkin seeds fresh out of the oven, since they smell so good! But let them cool before you eat them. Cooling the pumpkin seeds will make them crisp up. 
A bowl of chili roasted pumpkin seeds

How to Store Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These vegan roasted pumpkin seeds will last at room temperature for 3-4 days. Just store them in an airtight container, and you can snack on them whenever! 

You can also store the pumpkin seeds in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you want to warm them, you can reheat them in the microwave or in the oven.

Chili roasted pumpkin seeds being poured out of a jar

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Yes! You can store the chili roasted pumpkin seeds in an airtight bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. Reheat them directly from the freezer in the microwave or the oven.

Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

A quick, easy and delicious fall snack.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 526kcal
Author Queen of Quinoa
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A jar of chili roasted pumpkin seeds
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • Seeds from one medium pumpkin about 1 cup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder more or less depending on your taste preferences
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Clean the pumpkin seeds (don’t be afraid to get dirty here) and wash them in a pasta strainer. Transfer them to a small pot and add two cups water. Bring the water to a boil and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the pumpkin seeds and transfer them to a mixing bowl.
  • Add oil, chili power and salt, and toss to coat. Transfer the seeds to a baking sheet and roast for 20 – 30 minutes, until slightly browned and crispy. Make sure to stir the seeds around as you go so they don’t burn.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet. Transfer to an air tight container.
  • Snack and enjoy!

Notes

gluten-free | dairy-free | sugar-free | vegan

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 829mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4745IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 8.4mg

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  1. Unique recipe! thanks for sharing the recipe. It tastes great. I tried making it and the cinnamon gives it quite a unique flavour which I totally liked it. After reading your article I decided to make this. I got pumpkin seeds from True Elements- one of the clean food label brands in India. They provide 100% natural ingredients and are awesome. I tried this recipe and it turned out to be great.

  2. I use butternut squash all the time, I think I will use this recipe for the butternut squash seeds. Do u know what nutritional value the seeds have?

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    • Hi Sandy. I used New Planet in this recipe (there’s a link to the exact one I used in the ingredient list), but I think any kind would be fine. If you have an option to choose, I suggest opting for something that’s a bit darker – darker than Red Bridge or Bard’s for example. Hope this helps! xx

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    • Mmm those sound splendid! I’m making pumpkin soup tonight, so I think I’ll use your idea for the seeds. Thanks! xo

  5. Looks delicious, I am gonna try that for long university evenings in the library 🙂
    Are you passing by Switzerland by any chance? There is a great restaurant in Zurich that you would enjoy!
    All the best from cold cold Switzerland

    • Thank you, Larissa! I think these little seeds would be the perfect study snack 🙂

      Sadly, we didn’t make it to Switzerland this time, but I’ve always wanted to go there. I think our next trip will have to include Zurich, the whole country just looks so majestic. What is the restaurant called? I’d love to check it out!

      Hugs and stay warm 🙂
      Alyssa

  6. Have a wonderful trip! And these look like a delicious snack to keep you happy on the way there. I love roasted pumpkin seeds.

    • Pumpkin seeds are the great bonus for carving or roasting a pumpkin. I will have to try these. And so much nutrition, too.

  7. Yum, these look so tasty. I am so excited to cut into the pumpkin that I have on the porch now, so I can toast up the seeds. I was thinking of doing something limey and spicy like this actually.

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