Marinades, Sauces, Rubs & Salsas


Pebre is the southernmost member of a family of fresh salsas that includes Colombian aji and Brazilian molho à campanha.



Recipe Notes

  • Advance Prep: Can be made up to 4 hours in advance
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 2 red ripe tomatoes
  • 1 poblano pepper, or 2 Anaheim peppers
  • 2 scallions, both white and green parts, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, preferable Chilean
  • Juice of 1 lemon, or more to taste
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Cut each tomato in half and wring out the pulp and seeds. For a milder pebre, seed the pepper(s); personally, I’d leave them in. Very finely chop the tomatoes, pepper(s), and scallions. A Chilean would do this by hand, but you can also use a food processor, running the machine in short bursts. If you use a processor, cut the vegetables into 1-inch pieces before processing.

Step 2: Transfer the chopped vegetables to a mixing bowl and stir in the cilantro, olive oil, and lemon juice. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and black pepper to taste and more lemon juice as necessary; the pebre should be highly seasoned.

Step 3: You can make the pebre up to 4 hours ahead; taste it for seasoning before serving, adding more salt and/or pepper as necessary.

Recipe Tips

Try these other Latin American sauces and condiments:

Molho à Campanha
Aji Amarillo

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