West African Pepper Sauce

West African pepper sauce is a hot and spicy sauce made with habaneros, tomatoes, ginger, and strong onion and garlic notes. This African condiment is so addictive, and you will be happy to join the ranks of your must-have condiments!

African sauce  served in a bowl

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This West African Pepper Sauce shouldn’t be mistaken with the Ghanaian Shitto, which is also a delicious hot sauce but it’s dried fish and prawns along with onions, chili, garlic, and some spices. It’s so delicious, and it’s makes everything better. I can’t just talk enough about how good it tastes. You can click here to see how it’s made. 


The African sauce is so versatile; it’s great on almost anything. It does wonders for flavor. Add a teaspoon or two to just about anything, and you won’t be disappointed with the result. 

I use this sauce as a condiment with rice, noodles, pasta, dipping for fries, yams, boiled eggs, drizzled over veggies, meat or tofu, and so much more. In short, you can use this sauce the way we use ketchup or Tobasco sauce.


Traditionally, the African sauce is very hot; however, it is highly customizable. For example, you can add more tomatoes to reduce the intensity of the heat.

This all-purpose sauce is one of those things that is super simple to make. The key to getting that extra flavor is not skipping out on fresh garlic and ginger. It makes a difference!

How To Make the African sauce

  • Put all the ingredients except the oil in the bowl of a food processor and blend till fairly smooth. 
  • If you really want it super smooth, use a blender and blend it to your desired consistency. 
  • Cook in the oil for 20 minutes, stirring often in order to prevent it from burning. 
  • Start enjoying it immediately or store it in an airtight container till needed. Easy!
African sauce sored in a jar


Once the sauce cools down, refrigerate, and always use a clean and dry utensil when dipping into the jar to prevent contamination. It will last in the fridge for months! 

  • Coarsely chop the tomatoes, onions, and discard stems of the pepper. Then through the tomatoes, onions, garlic, pepper, parsley basil, Maggie in the food processor along with as much oil as desired.
  • Pour the pepper mixture into a small saucepan bring it to a boil and slowly simmer for about 15 minutes. Stirring frequently to prevent burns. Adjust for salt
  • Let it cool, pour in a mason jar or a container with a lid, and store it in a fridge for about a week or more. For your pepper sauce to last a long time, make sure it is fully covered in oil.


  • The saucepan keeps long due to the amount of oil used in the recipe. Reduce if desired, but the hot sauce won’t stay good for long.
  • Freeze the sauce can for up to four months.
  • Use as many or as few habanero peppers to match your taste.
  • Add herbs like Parsley or Cilantro can if desired.

Other delicious West African Recipes to try:

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