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Piri Piri (Portugese-Southern African Pepper Sauce)

Piri Piri (Portugese-Southern African Pepper Sauce)

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  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Hands On 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins

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Inspired by the flavors of South Africa, Angola and Mozambique, this smoky pepper sauce will punch up any grilled meat or vegetable and would even be good spooned over a brat. The recipe comes from Chef Camp in Minnesota.


  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 large red sweet peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut up
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper* or 2 teaspoons paprika plus 3/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (taste for heat)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic


  1. In a small skillet, heat cumin and coriander over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and aromatic, 2 to 3 minutes. (Watch closely, as spices burn fast.) Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In a food processor, combine cumin and coriander with bell peppers, lemon juice, vinegar, Aleppo pepper, sugar, kosher salt, smoked paprika and garlic. Pulse until mixture is a coarse puree. Taste for seasoning, adding extra salt, lemon juice or vinegar if desired.


  • *What's Aleppo pepper? This Middle Eastern chile is about half as hot as typical crushed red pepper flakes, with a more complex and interesting flavor. Find it at specialty stores or online.

Nutrition Facts

(Piri Piri (Portugese-Southern African Pepper Sauce))

Servings Per Recipe 16, Monounsaturated fat (g) 0, Fat, total (g) 0, vit. C (mg) 38, chol. (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 4, Niacin (mg) 0, fiber (g) 1, sodium (mg) 212, sugar (g) 3, Potassium (mg) 74, pro. (g) 0, calcium (mg) 7, cal. (kcal) 25, vit. A (IU) 884, iron (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Folate (µg) 14, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0

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