El Torito-style Cilantro Pepita Dressing


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


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

Variations: Use parmesan instead of Cotija cheese, (which is a hard cheese, similar to Parmesan.)/p> Makes 4

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