Piri Piri Sauce with Bell Pepper and Paprika


At the chicken emporium Bantam & Biddy in Atlanta, chef Shaun Doty makes a simple, vibrant version of piri piri sauce with sautéed vegetables, garlic and two kinds of chiles.

Piri Piri Sauce
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
about 1 1/4 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 fresh red chiles, such as cayenne—stemmed, seeded and finely chopped

  • 3 Thai chiles, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup water

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the bell pepper, onion, cayenne chiles, Thai chiles, garlic and paprika and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 12 minutes.

  2. Scrape the mixture into a blender and let cool slightly. Add the vinegar, lemon juice and water and puree until almost smooth. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl. Let stand at room temperature for about 1 hour before serving.

Make Ahead

The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Let return to room temperature before serving.

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