Nigerian Pepper Sauce is an incredibly versatile pepper sauce made with Sweet Bell Peppers. This sauce is so versatile, it can be paired with numerous dishes like Boiled rice, Boiled or fried Yam and Plantain, Potatoes, Pasta and even Bread.
This recipe calls for Dried Red Chillies only because I love its taste and flavour in stews but if you can’t source it, please use Scotch Bonnets (Ata Rodo) instead. You don’t have to use Vegetable Oil, you may use any other type of cooking oil you prefer but please do not use condiments like Thyme and Curry if your Oil of choice is Palm Oil. Thyme and Curry Powder interfere with the flavour of Palm oil.
300-500g Boiled and Fried/Grilled Meats(Bite-size pieces)
2-3 Cooking Spoons Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Rich Chicken or Beef Stock
4 Big Red Bell Peppers (Tatashe)
1/2 Cup Dried Red Chilli / Ata Gbigbe (or use as much as you can tolerate)
2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
2 Knorr Chicken Cubes
1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
Salt to Taste
Soak the Dried Red Chillies in hot water for 30 minutes..
Then blend the Red Bell Peppers, 1 Onion, Soaked Red Chillies coarsely. Do not add water to this. Sieve as much moisture as you can from the peppers and set aside..
Place a wok or saucepan on medium heat, add the vegetable oil. When it heats up, add 1 chopped Onion and sauté till the onions caramelise. This should take 6-8 minutes. After sautéing, add the Minced Garlic and continue to sauté for a further minute…
If you’re using Palm oil, bleach a bit before adding the onions…
Then add the Pepper Mix….
Also add the Thyme, Curry, Knorr Cubes and Salt to Taste..
Combine thoroughly and leave to fry for 10 minutes. Be sure to stir from time to time to prevent burning. After 10 minutes, add the Beef or Chicken Stock, combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Then, leave to fry for a further 3 minutes…
Then turn the heat down to low, add the Fried Meats…
Stir and combine, then leave to fry for a further 15 minutes. Your Pepper Sauce is ready. You can decant some of the excess oil and use for your next pot of stew.