I like to think that my first time having Piri Piri sauce was similar to how most people outside of Portugal and Southern Africa discover it: at the restaurant chain, Nando’s, in an Edmonton strip mall.
Piri Piri peppers are an African birdseye, a hot-but-not-nuclear pepper. Piri Piri sauce brings plenty of fire, with a hint of sweetness and some earthiness. (everything I love in a hot sauce). As you can imagine, it can be challenging to find Piri Piri peppers in certain parts of the world, but if you’re craving this vibrant sauce and don’t want to buy the pre-made bottled stuff, this recipe comes pretty close (for the record, I have nothing against the bottled stuff from time to time). Here is the recipe.