Piquillo Pepper Sauce

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Sweet and smoky…

Looking for a sauce to pair with savory foods? A simple piquillo pepper sauce can deliciously do the trick. The combination of sweet and smoke that piquillos bring to the table are hard to match. We double down on the smokiness here with a little hint of smoked paprika. Pair the sauce with chorizo or steaks for a perfect salty/sweet combo. Or use the sauce to bring life to simple chicken dishes.

The sauce is not overly spicy – piquillo peppers are mild in heat (500 to 1,000 Scoville heat units) and smoked paprika is relatively mild as well. If you want extra spice, add in a dash of cayenne pepper powder to fire up the sauce.

Piquillo Pepper Sauce

4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • In a saucepan over medium, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then sauté the garlic until fragrant (30 seconds to 1 minute).
  • Add the entire can of piquillo peppers (juices and all) to the saucepan. Stir to combine, then simmer, uncovered, over medium-low for 5 minutes, or until the juice evaporates.
  • Place the piquillo pepper/garlic mix into a food processor and add the smoked paprika. Process the mix until paste-like smooth and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the mix into a mixing bowl and add the cream and additional tablespoon of olive oil. Stir well to combine.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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