PERi-PERi is the heart and soul of Nando’s and the secret ingredient behind our restaurants worldwide. One bite, and you will be hooked. This magic taste will put fire in your belly and ignite passion in your soul, just like it did to our Portuguese forefathers, who were introduced to it when they reached Africa way back in the 15th Century.

They added this fiery little number to a handful of spices, a squeeze of sun-ripened lemons and a dash of garlic to create the first ever PERi-PERi sauce. Today, our PERi-PERi sauces and products still follow this unique recipe and are made in the same tradition as they were hundreds of years ago.

This magic taste will put fire in your belly and ignite passion in your soul.


No ordinary hot sauce, the gosto delicio (delicious taste) of Nando’s PERi-PERi is like no other, for good reason too!

Here’s why…

Flavour and fire

PERi-PERi is packed with flavour and a tingle because it is made with spices, sun-ripened lemons, onion and a dash of garlic, blended with our special ingredient – the African Bird’s Eye Chilli. What’s more, with a range of flavours, you can choose your heat before you eat! 

Uniquely African

Why is Nando’s PERi-PERi so uniquely African? The answer lies in the French word ‘terroir’ which loosely translated means soil.

Only the terroir of south-east Africa can produce PERi-PERi, or the African Bird’s Eye Chilli which is native to this part of the world.

An African Bird’s Eye Chilli seed planted in South America for example, would have a completely different taste – simply because the terroir there is different. Strange, but true! 

Bottling the passion

We pack all the goodness of our ingredients into a bottle of Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce, without compromising on our promise to give you the flavour and quality that you expect from Nando’s. Made from fresh ingredients, our PERi-PERi sauces are free from artificial preservatives, colourants, flavourants, contain no added MSG and is also Gluten-free.

We are so passionate about PERi-PERi, that we are the world’s biggest consumer of Bird’s Eye Chilli. We are therefore striving to source all our chillies in an ethical and sustainable manner.

Chilli facts


Some say PERi-PERi is like a rollercoaster on the tongue that’s a thrill by mouth and positively addictive. The reason could be that PERi-PERi is believed to cause an endorphin release in the body which creates a sense of euphoria and increased energy. Tasty stuff!

  • The smaller the chilli, the hotter it is likely to be. Our hot little number is the African Bird’s Eye Chilli.
  • A chilli’s heat depends on how much Capsaicin it contains. At Nando’s we use the African Bird’s Eye Chilli which has quite a bite!
  • PERi-PERi pods follow the sun. At Nando’s you’ll find the sunshine warmth of our African heritage in all our sauces.
  • Nando’s PERi-PERi stimulates open nerve endings between tastebuds, creating a heat sensation. It feels so good, it’s addictive!

Our sauce range

We’ve created a range of exciting flavours in different heat levels that will put fire in your belly, ignite passion in your soul and… have you coming back for more!

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