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two bottles of hot sauce on a white counter

10 Minute Pique (Puerto Rican Hot Sauce)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 days 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Fermented
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican
  • Diet: Vegan


Pique is a style of Puerto Rican hot sauce made with peppers, vinegar, garlic, oregano, and peppercorns. It requires just 10 minutes of prep, and a few days on the counter to develop maximum flavor. 


  • 1 cup chile peppers (can be ajíes caballeros, jalapeños, habaneros, ajis pineapples, or a blend of your favorite peppers)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 11 1/2 cups white vinegar


  1. Prep the peppers. If using larger peppers, start by slicing the peppers in half and removing the seeds (optional). Next, chop the peppers into pieces small enough to fit into the jar you plan to bottle the pique in.two hands cutting chile peppers with a knife
  2. Combine. Add the peppers, garlic, oregano, peppercorns, salt and vinegar to your jar. Make sure to leave an inch or two of space at the top of the bottle. Seal and shake the bottle to get everything mixed together.chile peppers with salt and garlic in a bottle
  3. Store. Let the pique sit on your countertop for a few days before using on whatever you like.jars of pique on a white counter


To make a more traditional red hot sauce, simply blend all the ingredients and strain through a mesh strainer before bottling and fermenting.