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Pipian Verde topped with pepitas (or green pumpkin seeds) and served next to calabacitas and corn.
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Pipián Verde + VIDEO

Pipián Verde is a yummy and creamy pumpkin seed sauce. It’s classic Mexican food that’s slightly tangy and rich with flavors. Sometimes referred to as "green mole."
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 380kcal



  • Toast the pepitas in a skillet. 
  • Stir frequently. Be careful not to burn.
  • Once they start popping, remove immediately.
  • Roast tomatillos, ½ onion, 5 garlic cloves, and serrano peppers.
  • You can do this on the stove or under the broiler until the skin on everything is charred.
  • Place the pepitas and the roasted ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large stock pot, add the chicken, water, bay leaf, salt, ½ onion, and 1 garlic clove.
  • Place a lid on the pot and cook thoroughly.
  • In a separate pot, heat the oil and add the sauce.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Add the cooked chicken.
  • Bring to a simmer again.
  • Let cook for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with rice.
  • Enjoy!



There is NO substitute for pepitas.
Pipián Verde as “green mole” or "mole verde."
You can also add to the blender:
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Roasted Poblano Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos (instead of serrano peppers)


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg