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Pawpaw Pepper Sauce

Many people keep their own homemade hot sauce on hand or at least a favorite commercial sauce. Jamaicans use it like ketchup. This sauce is spicy, yet flavorful, and simple to prepare. The pawpaw sweetens and texturizes the vegetable base and provides a gentle palette for the robust Scotch bonnet peppers. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

  • Yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups
Pawpaw Pepper Sauce

Source: Mad Hungry, September 2010


  • 3 carrots, peeled
  • 1 choco (chayote), peeled and pitted, or 1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 6 Scotch bonnet peppers (any color)
  • 1 small or 1/2 large pawpaw (papaya), peeled and seeded
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Place the carrots and choco in a food processor or blender. Blend until pulverized. Remove the stems from the Scotch bonnet peppers and add the peppers to the carrots and choco. Blend until the mixture is an even consistency. Add the pawpaw, continuing to blend until you have a uniform texture.

  2. Place the mixture in a noncorrosive saucepan. Add the salt, brown sugar, vinegar, and water. Bring it to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer it for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Place in small bottles or jars. Keep it refrigerated.

Reviews (3)

  • Scotty 222 18 May, 2012

    Cant get the recipe for the Chicken wings.. How come? All I find is the Hot sauce recipe..

  • ghgh 18 May, 2012

    this pawpaw pepper recipe is good...however what i clicked on was the sesame chicken wings. that's the recipe that i was looking for. i've clicked on the wing recipe several times and i only get the pepper recipe. HELP me please!! thank you

  • tamiwells 26 Dec, 2010

    A pawpaw and a papaya are two entirely different fruits, the pawpaw is the only indigenous North American fruit. It was eaten by native american indians and was called the "poor man's banana" by early settlers. Pawpaw's can be purchased from Integration Acre's along with pulp and other pawpaw items, visit their website for more on pawpaws and to order your own.

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