In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Fruity Passion Fruit Pepper Sauce.

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With my love for peppersauce (hot sauce) I’m always challenging myself to find different flavors to compliment the scorching heat of our beloved Scotch Bonnet Peppers, to add balance, depth and a unique finish. While this peppersauce is fiery, the fruity undertones of the passion fruit makes it very tasty and bearable for those of you who are not into pure heat! My mom like many from her generation, will argue that when making a ‘good’ peppersauce there’s no room for fruit. However with the success I’ve had with the 10 + fruity pepper sauces I’ve shared on here, that mindset can be challenged.

You’ll Need…

1 cup passion fruit puree
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
12-14 scotch bonnet

* feel free to add a couple cloves of garlic and some chopped cilantro if you’d like to play around with the flavors a bit. Some fresh lime or lemon juice would be ideal as well.

Wash the peppers and remove the stems, then give them a rough chop to help your blender or food processor make this easy work. IMPORTANT!  Be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands immediately  after with soap and water. I used the seeds of the pepper, but if you’d like to tame the heat down a bit you can remove and discard them.

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If you’re wondering, you can get the passion fruit puree in the frozen section of West Indian, Asian and Latino grocery stores.  I found the batch I used at a local Asian supermarket.

Basically all you have to do now is place all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

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You can always tailor this pepper sauce to your own liking, by leaving it chunky or by adding other fruits you like (mango, berries etc) and if you need, you can also add a bit more vinegar should you need it (if it’s too thick).

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I wanted to maintain both the heat level and fresh fruity undertones of the passion fruit so I left it raw. However you can always cook it for 10 minutes on a low simmer, then bottle. As is, it can last about a month of your kitchen counter, but for a much longer shelf life, store in the fridge. Just give it a shake before using. Definitely not my mom’s peppersauce, but it’s SO good! If you cannot source Scotch Bonnet peppers, an excellent replacement would be Habanero peppers.

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1 Comment

  1. Sarah
    October 22, 2022 / 1:42 pm

    I wandered upon some scotch bonnet peppers in the Midwest for the first time and just made this. Love! I had leftover passionfruit purée that indeed I had gotten at the Latino grocery store. Thanks for this recipe!

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