mojo picante sauce

Mojo Picante

Mojo picante, the spicy red pepper sauce is served with papas arrugadas, the wrinkly potatoes, all over the Canary Islands.

I always bring some bottles home after a holiday, but they soon run out, and its off to Brindisa at Borough Market under London Bridge Station for more.

If you fancy some authentic sauce, then try making this one. I like it as a dipping sauce with fresh crusty bread, but it would also go down really well at a BBQ.

You can also make mojo verde using coriander or parsley, and sometimes jalapeno peppers.

mojo picante sauce

Mojo Picante

Classic Canarian spicy red pepper sauce
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Prep Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish


  • 1 Large red bell pepper de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 2-4 Red chilli peppers de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • Using a pestle and mortar (if you have one) add the peeled garlic, salt, cumin, paprika and a drop of the olive oil.
  • Grind together to make a paste. If you don’t have a pestle and mortar, add all the ingredients to a food processor, but make sure the garlic is minced well first.
  • Add the chopped and de-seeded peppers to the processor, a bit at a time. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the olive oil a tablespoon at a time while blending. Less olive oil means a more spicy sauce. Taste to see if you need a little more salt.
  • Serve in a bowl or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready. This will keep for up to 3 – 4 days refrigerated. Simply bring to room temperature when ready to serve.


For a pretty hot sauce use all 4 red chillies and leave the seeds in, for a milder sauce only use 2 chillies de-seeded.
For Mojo Verde (green) substitute the red pepper and chillies for green ones and use coriander or parsley instead of the paprika.
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