Puerto Rican Pique ~ Hot Sauce

Puerto Rican Pique
Puerto Rican Pique
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If you love spicy food, then this Puerto Rican recipe is just for you. In Puerto Rico, it’s very common to see street vendors selling fresh produce and bottles of pique (Puerto Rican hot sauce) hung from a string. It’s a beautiful, vivid sight and one of my favorite parts of our long Sunday strolls. The secret of the spicy pique is the amount of ají caballero (Puerto Rican chili pepper) you decide to add. To make it really spicy, make sure to mash them before you put them in the bottle.

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Puerto Rican Pique Recipe

Puerto Rican Pique

Mike Gonzalez
The secret of the spicy pique is the amount of ají caballero (Puerto Rican chili pepper) you decide to add.
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 2 d
Total Time 2 d 15 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 1 liter


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup ajíes caballeros Puerto Rican hot peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple optional
  • Salt to taste


  • Pour the vinegar into the glass bottle, along with all other ingredients, cover and let it ferment for several days in a cool place. Add it to your favorite foods in small amounts.


You can use habanero peppers, jalapenos or your preferred pepper.
You can use apple vinegar instead of white vinegar.
From One of My Favorite Blogs Que Rica Vida
Keyword Pique

Did You Know

Pique is a Puerto Rican hot sauce commonly found at restaurants and roadside stands. Homemade versions of this type of sauce are made by steeping hot peppers in vinegar, with seasonings and fresh herbs. One popular variant is habanero peppers with pineapple and fresh recao leaves. The longer it sits, the hotter it gets.

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