What is it? Swahili for pepper pepper, piri piri is a small, bright-red, very hot bird’s eye chile that originated in Portugal before being spread to parts of Africa, South Africa and India. Also spelled pili pili or peri peri, the pepper is most commonly found in a hot sauce that includes garlic, lemon juice, paprika and other spices. It is fantastic slathered on roasted chicken and grilled fish.
Where can I find it? Restaurant chain Nando’s makes a piri piri sauce that costs about $4 for a 4.7-ounce bottle at Publix.
Evan S. Benn