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Pebre Sauce Recipe

A Chilean condiment where salsa meets pesto. This robust condiment features fresh tomatoes, herbs, garlic, chilis, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Use on meats and veggies or as a dip for crusty bread. Easy and delicious, just chop and mix.

Pebre Sauce Ingredients

When Pesto met Salsa they fell in love and had a baby girl named Pebre.  Pebre is a condiment from Chile with Catalan origins.  It is a fresh sauce that is perfectly balanced with pungency, heat and overall goodness.  

The word pebre in Catalan means pepper.  This dish is usually made with Aji peppers from South America but due to their lack of availability in most places, I used the ubiquitous jalapeño in this recipe for your convenience.

Pebre sauce can be traced back to the arrival of Catalan engineers in Santiago under the direction of Italian architect Joaquin Toesca for the construction of Tajamares de Santiago, channels, river walls and bridges for the main river.  

The workers made a simple sauce with oil, vinegar, cilantro, salt and Aji peppers with what was commonly available to them.  This is similar to the Catalan sauce known as Romesco which they would have been very familiar with but lacked the pine nuts and almonds.

Mix Pebre Ingredients
Pebre Sauce, a Chilean condiment

I have used this as a dipping sauce for toasted baguette slices and as a marinade for a pork loin roast which I braised.  I also used it as a condiment for the same pork recipe.  Like all of the other condiments I make, this one is super easy and full of flavor.

Homemade condiments have really been missing in my culinary arsenal due to the cultural grooming of Americans to buy bottled condiments at the market.  The variety is lacking on the shelves and bottled stuff just doesn’t taste as good as the homemade stuff.  

Another bonus of making your own condiment is that you know exactly what is in it.  There is one downside, a jar of Pebre won’t last two years in your fridge like a bottle of salad dressing from the store, crazy I know.

This sauce is commonly used with bread and meat and once you try it you will see why.  It is exactly like a pesto mixed with a salsa, delish!

Pebre with bread

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Pebre Sauce, a Chilean condiment

Pebre Sauce Recipe

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A Chilean condiment where salsa meets pesto. This robust condiment features fresh tomatoes, herbs, garlic, chilis, olive oil and red wine vinegar.  Use on meats and veggies or as a dip for crusty bread.  Easy and delicious, just chop and mix.

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped 
  • 1 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium jalapeno diced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce to taste.

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and keep in fridge up to 3 days.
  2. Take out of fridge 30 minutes before using. Use as a condiment, marinade, with wine or beer as a pan de-glazer or as a dipping sauce for a baguette.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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Debra

Monday 28th of January 2019

Why have I never heard of this? All my favorite flavors in one simple and tasty dip! This is a great find because it's so simple too. Thank you for enlightening me and for a great super bowl dip idea.

Donna

Monday 28th of January 2019

Oh wow this is beautiful, so fresh and zesty! I am loving all the flavors going on in here, really brightens up a meat dish without much effort at all!

traci

Monday 28th of January 2019

The thought of pesto and salsa together...I mean, you're talking both of my languages there :) What a gorgeous thing to dip in to at a party! And just in time for Super Bowl...thanks!

Tina

Friday 1st of February 2019

Definitely perfect for the Super Bowl!

Trish @ Rhubarbarians

Monday 28th of January 2019

This sauce sounds amazing! Pesto + salsa = basically the best thing I've never had. LOL! This is a must-try!

Annissa

Monday 28th of January 2019

I love pesto and I love salsa, but I've never even heard of Pebre. Sounds like a match made in heaven. This would be perfect over some grilled fish and chicken. Yum!

Tina

Friday 1st of February 2019

I couldn't agree more Annissa! Enjoy:)

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