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7 September 2020

Pebre is a South American condiment that is much like a salsa, made with chilies, onion, cilantro, garlic, oil and more. It is spicy and delicious! Here is the recipe.

We’re making Pebre today, my friends, a Chilean condiment made with chili peppers, olive oil, garlic, cilantro and more. It is very fresh and can be used in many different ways, such as a sauce, dipper, spread and more. It is much like Chile’s answer to pico de gallo.

You’ll find this salsa everywhere in Chile, served on a wide variety of dishes, in both homes and restaurants. As with any sort of regional condiment, there are variations from place to place, depending on who is making it, such as the northern Chile version which is more like a sauce.

Pebre at its core, though, is a mixture of cilantro, garlic, onion, olive oil, and peppers, traditionally aji chili peppers, which I love. It’s fairly similar to chimichurri.

Spicy Chilean Pebre served with bread

Serving Ideas for Chilean Pebre

Pebre can be used to spice up just about anything. Consider spooning it over boiled potatoes for some zing, or drizzling it over grilled meats, particularly chicken or a good steak.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Pebre Ingredients 

Chilean Pebre Ingredients

  • Oil, Vinegar and Water. Use 1/4 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar. Red wine vinegar is good, too.
  • Peppers. Use 5 Aji Chili Peppers chopped (we used Aji Amarillos) – or use jalapeno peppers or serrano peppers.
  • Onion. 1/2 small to medium-sized onion.
  • Scallions. Use 1/4 cup of the white part and 1 inch of the green parts.
  • Garlic. 4 cloves garlic, smashed to release their flavors.
  • Cilantro. Use 1/2 to 1 cup chopped cilantro, depending on your preference.
  • Salt and Pepper. Use salt and pepper to your personal taste.

Some optional additions include lemon juice and red chili flakes for some heat. Although non-traditional, you can also add in some sort of hot sauce, like sriracha, for added zing.

Chilean Pebre on a slice of bread

How to Make Pebre – the Recipe Method

Whisk. First, whisk together the oil, water, vinegar and smashed garlic in a large bowl until the mixture thickens up a bit.

The Vegetables. Next, finely chop up your peppers, onion, scallions and cilantro. 

Combine. Toss the chopped onion and vegetables into the oil mixture and mix to combine.

Mixing Chilean Pebre in a bowl

Season and Refrigerate. Season with salt and pepper to your personal tastes, then transfer the mixture to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate to let the flavors mingle. You can serve it right away, but I like to wait 2 hours to mellow.

Boom! Done! Pebre in the house! What do you think? So good, isn’t it? I love pebre. So good.

Spicy Chilean Pebre in a bowl, ready to serve

About the Peppers

Aji peppers are traditionally used to make pebre. Also known generally as the Peruvian hot pepper, “aji” is the common name primarily in South America and areas of the Caribbean for chili peppers. If you can’t find ajis, you can easily substitute them for milder jalapeno peppers or spicy serrano peppers, which are equally flavorful.

A collection of Aji Amarillo Chili Peppers

Learn more about Aji Peppers, including the many different types. Also, learn more about the Scoville Scale here.

Recipe Variations

  • Tomatoes. If you add tomatoes and make this in a molcajete or with a mortar and pestle, you will have another popular Chilean salsa recipe called Chancho en piedra, which is a version of pebre. Give it a try. Delicious!
  • Consistency. Process it to a consistency you prefer, either smooth or chunky. You can always splash in a bit of cold water to thin it out if you’d like. Most people make it chunkier, like a pico de gallo salsa, but some prefer a pebre sauce, which is more popular in Northern Chile. It looks more like a red chili sauce this way.

Pebre, in a bowl, ready to serve

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Chilean Pebre in a bowl

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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5 from 2 votes

Pebre Recipe

This pebre recipe is a South American condiment that is much like a salsa, made with chilies, onion, cilantro, garlic, oil and more. It is spicy and delicious! Here is the recipe.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chilean
Keyword: aji pepper, recipe, sauce, spicy, video
Servings: 4
Calories: 252kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water optional
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (use 1 cup for more defined cilantro flavor)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions white part and 1 inch of the green
  • 5 Aji Peppers chopped (we used Aji Amarillos - or use jalapenos or serranos)
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together the oil, water and vinegar with the garlic in a bowl until it thickens a bit.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.
  • Refrigerate about 2 hours to allow flavors to mingle, or serve immediately.

Video

Notes

It should last a week in the fridge, sealed.
Add fresh chopped tomato as a popular variation.

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe was updated on 8/31/20 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 5/1/2014.

 
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9 comments

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Pedro, tomatoes are discussed in the recipe post and notes of the actual recipe. See: If you add tomatoes and make this in a molcajete or with a mortar and pestle, you will have another popular Chilean salsa recipe called Chancho en piedra, which is a version of pebre. Give it a try. Delicious!

  1. 5 stars
    made this tonight, perfect freshness for the inferno that is California. I served it on top of grilled chicken breasts (marinated in lime, avocado oil, chipotle powder, salt, pepper, cilantro). Used a couple serranos and jalapenos from the garden – next time I will use a habanero as well, the heat was perfect for the kids, but too mild for me (and Mike). Family loved it. Thanks, as always Mike!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, Matt! The chicken sounds quite outstanding! Thanks for sharing, my friend.

  2. Norman Johnston

    Can you suggest a substitute for Aji as we do not have any chillis by that name in South Africa

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Norman, you can also try other peppers, such as the yellow bell pepper for a no heat version. If you do want some heat, use a mix of peppers, such as a yellow bell along with part of or a whole habanero or Scotch Bonnet. Let me know if this helps.

  3. 5 stars
    If I could lick my screen I would…. But my boss would frown upon drooling all over the work computers… I would kill for some of this right now. Thank you for sharing
    Need to find me some Aji in South Africa… ?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Haha, yes! Don’t get in trouble with the boss.

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