Puerto Rican Spicy Vinegar (Pique)

Pique sauce
PiqueMatt Taylor-Gross

Puerto Rican pique is a seasoned vinegar, a simple blend of chilies, garlic, and spices (with pineapple usually added for sweetness) that gets better the longer it sits.

Pique
A spicy, chili-infused vinegar with a subtle sweetness from pineapple.
Yield: makes about 1 cup
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 12 tsp. dried oregano
  • 10 whole black pepperconrs
  • 6 small chili peppers (a combination of habaneros, ajíes caballeros, muranga reds, and jalapeños), peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 slice pineapple rind

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, salt, and oregano. Place remaining ingredients in a small jar and pour the liquid over the top. Cover with the lid and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.