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You know how delicious those gorgeous yummy macho peas are at Nando’s? Well we’ve made a homemade version that tastes almost as good as the real thing!

Now I totally love a Nando’s, it’s by far my favourite take-away. Gorgeous spicy chicken burgers topped with halloumi, pineapple and chilli jam…

Add to that a side of Nando’s spicy peri peri chips and always, ALWAYS a side of peas, I just love the macho peas. 

But as I can’t eat at Nando’s every night I’ve had to make up my version of Nando’s peas at home and they’re delicious.

Okay not quite a Nando’s macho pea BUT they’re a great substitute. 

stainless steel mixing bowl filled with homemade Nando's style peas - mashed peas and whole peas mixed together with butter, flat leaf parsley, red chillies, salt and black pepper

Our homemade Nando’s style pea recipe goes AMAZINGLY with any of the Nando’s home cooking range – the chicken marinades, the Nando’s Perinaise and even chips loaded up with the Nando’s peri peri salt.

One of the kids most favourite dinners is a homemade Nando’s and their home cooking range is brilliant! It’s just all so GOOD!!! (and easy)

Homemade Nando’s Style Peas Recipe

You really only need a handful of ingredients to make the macho style peas and best of al they’re super easy.

Homemade Macho Peas Ingredients

ingredients for Nando's style macho peas on a white table top - green Joseph Joseph colander filled with cooked peas, blue plate with bunch of flat leaf parsley, small blue saucer with half a red chilli, small wooden bowl with large knob of butter, small blue saucer with pinch of salt and black pepper.
  • 250g cooked peas – still hot
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small chilli – finely chopped – deseeded if you prefer a milder taste
  • 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley – finely chopped
  • 3-5 mint leaves – finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper

How to make Homemade Nando’s Style Peas

  • First up – cook your frozen peas in boiling water as per the packet instructions.
  • Whilst the peas cook – finely chop the flat leaf parsley and red chilli.
Joseph Joseph green colander filled with cooked peas, dark blue saucer with chopped flat leaf parsley and chopped chillies on a rustic white table
  • Once the peas are cooked – drain using a colander and then tip half the cooked peas into a mixing bowl – keep the other half for a little later in the recipe.
stainless steel mixing bowl with half the cooked peas - dark blue saucer with chopped flat leaf parsley and chopped chilli and small wooden bowl with knob of butter
  • Add the 50g of unsalted butter to the hot peas so that it melts deliciously into them.
stainless steel bowl with cooked peas inside - large knob of butter melting into the peas and potato masher ready to mash them up - small dark blue saucer with chopped flat leaf parsley and chopped red chillies by the side of the bowl
  • Mash the peas up with a potato masher – really squash them and bash them, you want them almost mushy pea consistency.
stainless steel mixing bowl filled with mashed up buttery peas - potato masher laid resting against the side of the bowl. Small blue saucer with chopped flat leaf parsley and chopped red chilli at the side of the stainless steel mixing bowl ready to be stirred into the peas
  • Once the peas are nicely mashed up – add the whole peas that you saved.
stainless steel mixing bowl filled with mashed up buttery peas and a pile of whole peas ready to be stirred into the mashed peas. Dark blue saucer with chopped flat leaf parsley and chopped red chillies by the side of the bowl
  • Add the chopped flat leaf parsley and the finely chopped red chilli.
stainless steel mixing bowl filled with mashed buttery peas with whole peas, chopped flat leaf parsley and chopped red chillies stirred through. Small pale blue saucer with sea salt and cracked black pepper ready to be added
  • Season with sea salt flakes and cracked black pepper – taste the pea mixture as you go to make sure it’s exactly as you like it.
stainless steel mixing bowl filled with mashed buttery peas with whole peas, chopped flat leaf parsley and chopped red chillies stirred through - small pile of sea salt and black pepper tipped into the bowl ready to be stirred through
  • Give everything a good mix together and then serve.
stainless steel mixing bowl filled with homemade Nando's style peas - mashed peas and whole peas mixed together with butter, flat leaf parsley, red chillies, salt and black pepper

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How to serve Homemade Nando’s Style Peas

Well we love these alongside any of the Nando’s home cooking range or try alongside….

  • Homemade Turkey Burgers – really easy homemade burgers using turkey thigh mince – we slide these into toasted brioche rolls and pile on the toppings – grilled halloumi, pineapple rings and chilli jam. DELICIOUS
  • Peri Peri Roast Chicken – give roast chicken a peri peri twist with our simple to make marinade that really packs a spicy punch!

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  • Quick Padron Peppers – these are just too easy! Blistered Padron peppers go perfectly with chicken and you can sizzle them up in minutes.

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Yield: Serves 4

Homemade Nando's Style Peas

stainless steel mixing bowl filled with homemade Nando's style peas - mashed peas and whole peas mixed together with butter, flat leaf parsley, red chillies, salt and black pepper

Just the best pea side dish EVER!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g Peas 
  • 50g Butter
  • 1/2 Red chilli 
  • 4 Mint leaves 
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the peas as per the packet instructions
  2. Remove half the peas and put them into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the butter and mash well using a potato masher.
  4. Put the saved peas back into the bowl with the mashed peas.
  5. Add the flat leaf parlsey, red chilli and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Mix everything together then eat!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 406mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only - you should always calculate your own nutrition information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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