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Shado Beni hot sauce which will rock your socks off!

trini-hot-sauceOn our last vacation to Trinidad and Tobago for carnival 2009, my sister had made reservations at the Hyatt Regency for our group to have breakfast. After all the amazing food we’ve been enjoying thus far on our trip, this day was going to be my BEST culinary experience on the island yet. Eddie my sister’s friend from Switzerland had spoiled us the past 4 days with amazing home-made dinners. Some of the best sauces I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Plus the street food we devoured every night after partying, were divine.

Back to the breakfast at the Hyatt… BTW if you’re ever  in Port Of Spain, be sure to have breakfast here. Not only is the food and service tops, nothing beats dining steps away from the ocean. While on my prowl at the buffet I noticed a green sauce sitting all lonely in a corner of the “meat” section. Long story short.. it turned out to be a “shado beni” hot sauce that the chef made fresh on a daily basis. Yea, I even got our waiter to sneak me some to take home in a little disposable cappuccino cup. It was that good. That little green sauce that was so full of flavor and punch, added a new momentousness to plain scrambled eggs and sausage.

Here’s my version of this amazing Shado Beni hot sauce.

You’ll need….

1 bunch of shado beni (subsitute 1 bunch of cilantro)

1 lime

1 hot pepper (or as many as you can handle)

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of water.

3 cloves of garlic

Don’t be fooled by how simple this recipe is… it’s GUARANTEED to excite your taste buds.


Remove the skin from the garlic, slice and place in food processor. Cut and squeeze the lime juice in the processor, then add the salt, water and hot pepper. Now wash and rough cut the shado beni (or cilantro) and … place in food processor.



Final step is to puree the entire lot for about 3-4 minutes, stopping to push the ingredients down so everything gets worked.


That’s it, you’re done! Be sure to check for salt and heat level. If it’s not hot enough for you, simply add more peppers as necessary. STORAGE – Use fresh or place in a container in the refrigerator.


USE? Anywhere you usually use hot sauce on. Grilled meats, chicken wings, as a side on dishes, on your eggs in the morning (yum).. be creative!

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83 Responses to “Shado Beni hot sauce which will rock your socks off!”

  1. Tiare says:

    That hotsauce sounds super delicious and exactly my taste, I will make it! I`m amazed I can always find fresh shado beni here bec I happen to live in Stockholm, Sweden….

    I suppose you can freeze in parts of this sauce in a ice cube tray and when frozen put in a plastic zip lock bag, I do that when I make green seasoning, always good to have some extra in the freezer.

  2. Roger Marshall says:

    Made this last night to serve with rotis-excellent?

  3. Cecile Carrington says:

    Very good sauce. Many years ago I got a similar recipe from an oyster vendor. His version included a little tomato ketch up which made it slightly sweet – makes a great shrimp cocktail.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hi Chris,
    can I freeze this? I have a ton of hot peppers that I grew this year so looking forward to making lots of this and regular pepper sauce.
    Love your recipes.

  5. Margaret Brady says:

    Chris, have you ever grown Chadon Ben from seeds? Any tips? I got some seeds online from California.

  6. amir says:

    Always wanted to ma beni hot sauce. Will do now. Do you have a recipe for garlic sauce. Thanks in advance


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