Restaurant Recipes

El Torito Cilantro Pepita Dressing

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  • 1 medium roasted peeled and seeded Anaheim chile
  • 3 tablespoons roasted pumpkins seeds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons grated Cotija cheese
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Pulse blend chile, pepitas, garlic, pepper, salt, oil, vinegar and Cotija cheese for 10 seconds.
  2. Slowly add cilantro until paste forms whisk mayonnaise and water in large bowl (preferably stainless steel).
  3. Stir in chile mixture.
  4. Cover and chill at least two hours.
  5. Serve over romaine lettuce topped with fried tortilla strips and pumpkin seeds.


Variation: Use parmesan instead of Cotija cheese

Cotija cheese is a hard cheese, similar to Parmesan.


Posted by LladyRusty at Recipe Goldmine May 8, 2001.

Source: Mexican Food

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