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Homemade Spicy Ajvar Sauce - Recipe

Homemade Spicy Ajvar Sauce is a popular bell pepper based Balkanic sauce used to dress cevapcici (little sausages), steaks or vegetables. May be prepared either hot or mild. Delicious!

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  • Level: Medium
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • Tomatoes

    1 lb
  • Green Bell Peppers

    1 lb
  • Hot Habanero Peppers (fresh, optional)

  • Onions

  • Garlic

    2-3 cloves
  • Lemon Juice

    1 tbsp
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    2 tbsps
  • Salt

    to taste
  • Black Pepper

    to taste
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Cooking Directions:

Wash the tomatoes and lay them in a baking pan.

Bake the tomatoes at 350F until they are soft and tender. Remove from the oven, cover with cold water and peel them.

In the meantime, wash the bell peppers and cook them whole on a grill or griddle. Let cool a bit by washing them under cold running water. Peel them and remove the seeds.

Finely chop the tomatoes and the green bell peppers with the hot habanero peppers. Set apart.

Cut in very thin slices the onion and caramelize in hot extra virgin olive oil.

Add in the pan the chopped garlic and the previously prepared tomato, bell pepper and hot pepper sauce.

Cook until the sauce is almost set, resulting thick and creamy.

Adjust with extra virgin olive oil, the lemon juice, salt and black pepper.


You can adjust the spiciness of your Ajvar sauce to obtain mild to extra hot versions.

Ajvar sauce is perfect to dress cevapcici, sausages and beef steaks. You can also use your homemade Ajvar sauce to dress grilled or steamed vegetables.

In some areas this recipe is also prepared using eggplants. Just process 2 large eggplants as described for the bell peppers by grilling, peeling and removing the seeds.

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