Piquillo Pepper Sauce

| Last Updated: August 17, 2019 | , ,

You are here: Home / Spicy Recipes / Marinades and Sauces / Piquillo Pepper Sauce

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

0 from 0 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 1 can of piquillo peppers
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 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.
Tried this recipe?Mention @PepperScale or tag #PepperScale!
Matt Bray

Matt Bray

Chief Chilihead at Cindermint
Founder of PepperScale and Cindermint LLC. Sucker for a good scotch bonnet. Spicy food super-fan. Current fiery fascination: Datil hot sauces.


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments