When chef Brendan Mahaney moved Belly--his popular restaurant in Eugene, Oregon--to larger, swankier digs last spring, he had to find a new concept to take over his old space. His solution: Belly Taqueria, a casual eatery that’s now known for its authentic tacos, spot-on margaritas and this unexpected pepita (pumpkin seed) and habanero dip. The addictive appetizer bests both guacamole and standard salsas with its creamy texture, nutty flavor and gentle heat. Serve it with fresh tortilla chips at your next Mexican-themed dinner party and watch guests crowd around the bowl waiting for their turn to dig in.
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Find yourself in Eugene? Go casual at Belly Taqueria one night, and then splurge at the original Belly on the second night--and don’t leave town without trying Mahaney’s signature pork confit.
Try another Mexican-inspired recipe, such as Alma Cocina’s tortilla soup.